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Post by Witness » Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:36 am

Japan's 'vanishing' Ainu will finally be recognized as indigenous people

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Growing up in Japan, musician Oki Kano never knew he was part of a "vanishing people."

His Japanese mother was divorced and never told Kano that his birth father was an indigenous Ainu man. Kano was 20 years old when he found out.

For decades, researchers and conservative Japanese politicians described the Ainu as "vanishing," says Jeffry Gayman, an Ainu peoples researcher at Hokkaido University.

Gayman says there might actually be tens of thousands more people of Ainu descent who have gone uncounted -- due to discrimination, many Ainu chose to hide their background and assimilate years ago, leaving younger people in the dark about their heritage.

A bill, which was passed on Friday, for the first time has officially recognized the Ainu of Hokkaido as an "indigenous" people of Japan. The bill also includes measures to make Japan a more inclusive society for the Ainu, strengthen their local economies and bring visibility to their culture.

Japanese land minister Keiichi Ishii told reporters Friday that it was important for the Ainu to maintain their ethnic dignity and pass on their culture to create a vibrant and diverse society.

Yet some warn a new museum showcasing their culture risks turning the Ainu into a cultural exhibit and note the bill is missing one important thing -- an apology.
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Post by Pyrrho » Sun Apr 28, 2019 9:17 pm

https://publicdomainreview.org/collecti ... f-ukiyo-e/

Utagawa Hiroshige: Last Great Master of Ukiyo-e

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Post by Witness » Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:10 am

Japan emperor: The mysterious Imperial Treasures

On 1 May, Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne after his father abdicates, becoming the new emperor of Japan.

Both the abdication and accession will involve deeply symbolic Shinto ceremonies, and central to them will be three objects - a mirror, a sword and a gem - known as the Imperial Treasures or Regalia.

The origins and whereabouts of the mysterious objects are shrouded in secrecy, but myths about them are peppered throughout Japanese history and pop culture.

Why are the Imperial Treasures so important?

Japan's unofficial national religion, Shinto, places huge importance on ritual to maintain a connection with the past and with spirits which intervene in human lives.

The Imperial Treasures are part of this. They are said to have been passed down from the gods through generations of emperors seen as their direct descendants. In the absence of an imperial crown, the treasures act as the symbol of imperial power.

But the treasures are so sacred, they are kept hidden from the world.

"We do not know when they were made. We have never seen them," Prof Hideya Kawanishi from Nagoya University told the BBC.

"Even the Emperor has never seen them."

In fact they won't even be at the coronation - replicas (which still won't be seen) will be used, and the originals - if they are even that - will stay at their shrines around the country.
List of the Really Very Sacred Imperial Treasures©:
  • Yata no Kagami - the sacred mirror
  • Kusanagi no Tsurugi - the sacred sword
  • Yasakani no Magatama - the sacred jewel
See https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-479 ... Lb4EL6dtpY for the mythology.

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Post by Anaxagoras » Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:30 am

Even the Emperor doesn't get to see them? Maybe they just aren't all that impressive to look at. I have a feeling that if they were to be actually shown to the public, it would be a let-down (compared to say, the British Crown Jewels).

BTW, from the name, "Magatama," 勾玉, we can imagine that it looks like a comma:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magatama

It would look, perhaps, something like one of these:

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Post by Witness » Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:43 am

↑ Japanese olisboi cater for all anatomies? :P

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Post by Anaxagoras » Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:49 am

Bit small for that I suspect. You've got a :twisted: mind, Witness.
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Post by shuize » Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:58 am

Witness wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:10 am
List of the Really Very Sacred Imperial Treasures©:
  • Yata no Kagami - the sacred mirror
  • Kusanagi no Tsurugi - the sacred sword
  • Yasakani no Magatama - the sacred jewel
See https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-479 ... Lb4EL6dtpY for the mythology.

I'm not an expert on Japanese archeology or anything, but those items sound suspiciously similar to the sort things they find whenever they start digging up shit brought back from early contact with China and Korea.

In other words, cheap "omiyage" meant to impress the yokels back home.

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Post by Doctor X » Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:08 am

Anaxagoras wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:30 am
BTW, from the name, "Magatama," 勾玉, we can imagine that it looks like a comma
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indeed. And the correct ones, that join people, can lead to this:

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Post by Anaxagoras » Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:47 pm

Security ahead of coronation stepped up after knives found in Japanese prince's classroom
Tokyo (CNN)Police in Japan have tightened security around Emperor Akihito's 12-year-old grandson after two knives were found near his school desk.

The knives were discovered on Friday in a classroom at the prestigious Ochanomizu University Junior High School, attended by Prince Hisahito.
The mysterious discovery comes just days before Hisahito's uncle, Crown Prince Naruhito, is due to ascend the throne, following the abdication of Emperor Akihito this Tuesday.
According to reports, Hisahito, who is third in line to the throne, but will become second in line after his uncle's ascension, was in a different part of the school building when the knives were discovered.
The two kitchen knives, which had been taped to either end of a stick and whose blades were reportedly painted pink, were discovered balanced between Hisahito's desk and his neighbor's, Japan's Asahi Shimbun reported. Nothing indicating a motive, or a claim of responsibility was left with the contraption.
Each desk has the name of its occupant written on it, making the prince's desk easily identifiable, the newspaper said.
Security footage from the school appeared to show a middle-aged man, wearing the uniform and helmet of a construction worker, on school premises around the time that the knives were discovered.
The school addressed the incident with a statement on its website, pledging to review its security protocols.
Strange. Wonder what it means. He is the only potential male heir after Naruhito and his younger brother (Hisahito's father).
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Post by Doctor X » Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:56 pm

Slacker Ninja.

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Post by Witness » Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:02 am

Number of abandoned homes in Japan edges up to record high of nearly 8.5 million

The number of abandoned homes hit a record high of 8.46 million as of Oct. 1, rising by 260,000 over five years, government data showed Friday.

Abandoned homes as a proportion of total housing stock also hit a record high at 13.6 percent, up 0.1 point from the previous survey five years earlier.

The total number of homes in Japan increased by 1.8 million to 62.4 million, of which 53.7 million were occupied, up 1.6 million from the previous survey, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said.

Yamanashi Prefecture had the highest proportion of abandoned homes at 21.3 percent, followed by Wakayama Prefecture at 20.3 percent.

The prefectures with the lowest proportions of vacant homes were Saitama and Okinawa.
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Post by Pyrrho » Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:49 am

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-ne ... 180972054/
For the low price of 1,080 yen, or about $10, you can buy “the air of the outgoing era.”

Tomorrow, Emperor Akihito will officially abdicate after 30 years as Japan’s symbolic leader, bringing the Heisei era to an end. To mark the occasion, an enterprising Osaka-based gift company has put a batch of cans that appear mostly empty, save for a small five-yen coin (a symbol of good luck), up for sale.

Heso Production, which bottled 1,000 of the nostalgic keepsakes, hopes to sell the tins online and at a roadside shop in the village of Henari—a town that has become a tourist hotspot these days, as its name is written with the same kanji (平成) used to spell Heisei.
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:00 am

Are there similar cans of air for Hirohito? And if so, what's the current going price? :lmao:
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Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:02 am

Good grief. The air is the same goddamn air.
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Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:06 am

Watching the emperor abdicate now.
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Post by Doctor X » Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:16 am

Anaxagoras wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:06 am
Watching the emperor abdicate now.
Hope he does not trip.
The funny thing is that for centuries Emperors would abdicate the second their son made it past the "dies of a disease/falling masonry/Ninja!" date of about three years, so they could dispense with all of the ceremonial claptrap and spend a life of leisure. This occurred before the rise of the shōgun, but the practice did not help.

It is an odd contradiction in Japanese history. While Tenno is Tenno, they really did not get a lot of respect. The Cult of the Emperor was a modern conception started by traditional rivals of the Tokugawa clan and shōgun who got their asses reamed by Tokugawa Ieyasu. Daimyo [Lord.--Ed.] were more than happy to attack, threaten, and otherwise manipulate the emperors to their own devices.

The Emperor owns all of the land. He is the symbol of everything, and all power comes from him.

It would just be really rude for him wield any of it! So let us do it for you, if you know what is good for you.

At one point, the Emperor was reduced to complete poverty, selling his signature as a souvenir. The New Guy trying to take power at the time gained his support by building him an actual home!

Of course with the Meiji Restoration, the cult helped unite factions and change the rigid caste system that had long lost its point.
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Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:58 am

Doctor X wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:16 am
Anaxagoras wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:06 am
Watching the emperor abdicate now.
Hope he does not trip.
The funny thing is that for centuries Emperors would abdicate the second their son made it past the "dies of a disease/falling masonry/Ninja!" date of about three years, so they could dispense with all of the ceremonial claptrap and spend a life of leisure. This occurred before the rise of the shōgun, but the practice did not help.

It is an odd contradiction in Japanese history. While Tenno is Tenno, they really did not get a lot of respect. The Cult of the Emperor was a modern conception started by traditional rivals of the Tokugawa clan and shōgun who got their asses reamed by Tokugawa Ieyasu. Daimyo [Lord.--Ed.] were more than happy to attack, threaten, and otherwise manipulate the emperors to their own devices.

The Emperor owns all of the land. He is the symbol of everything, and all power comes from him.

It would just be really rude for him wield any of it! So let us do it for you, if you know what is good for you.

At one point, the Emperor was reduced to complete poverty, selling his signature as a souvenir. The New Guy trying to take power at the time gained his support by building him an actual home!

Of course with the Meiji Restoration, the cult helped unite factions and change the rigid caste system that had long lost its point.
--J.D.
Yeah, a lot has changed since the Meiji Restoration. Before that, the nengo (era) did not change with the death or abdication of an emperor. The last emperor to abdicate was in 1817. Also, monogamy has only been a practice since Emperor Taisho, who had a lot of health problems throughout his life. Although he never abdicated, Hirohito served as regent from about age 20. Taisho was not actually the son of the Meiji Emperor's main wife, the Empress, but of the Emperor's concubine, a "lady of the bedchamber".

Nowadays of course, the Emperor has no real powers, but it is still a job. Perhaps an easy job, or maybe not so easy, depending on how you look at it. I feel kinda sorry for the young 12-year-old prince as his whole life is essentially predetermined for him (unless he goes against a whole country's expectations). I wonder if in their private lives, whether they do "normal" things like watching Netflix or playing video games or watching anime or reading manga? If so, it is kept hidden from the public. The emperor and his family only ever appear to the public in their "official roles" or in activities that seem in keeping with the dignity of the position (perhaps playing tennis).
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Post by Doctor X » Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:41 am

The current until midnight your time Akihito was more "modern" in that he and the Empress not only met commoners they . . .

. . . Heavens to Betsy . . .

. . . knelt down with them!!111!!

He was and is known for meeting with victims of chronic illnesses such as leprosy. That may seem "odd" since we can treat leprosy, but the stigma of it persists of course. The Soon-to-be-Empress, as you know, suffered from severe depression after entering the court which, according to some, makes Old Bess II's court seem positively progressive. I mean, when was the last time a "crown prince" or any of the princess have had to publicly apologize for getting shit-faced and running over a Korean or something?

However, you are correct. Aside from being financially secure, you have nothing to do. I think Akihito also followed his father in some scientific research, but then it is not like you would ever take a class from or be a graduate student of "Prof. Akihito."

I think the Emperor still has to give a sort of "royal assent." There is a video of the elderly Hirohito having to sign legislation. Fortunately, someone else had to apply the huge seals to all of the papers using a really nifty frame to get it straight. I have a story about "seals" for some other time.

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Post by Pyrrho » Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:33 am

Anaxagoras wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:02 am
Good grief. The air is the same goddamn air.
Not if it's a select portion of the Emperor's flatus.
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Post by Doctor X » Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:39 am

許されない!

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