More than seven hundred years ago, at Dan-no-ura, in the Straits of Shimonoséki, was fought the last battle of the long contest between the Heiké, or Taira clan, and the Genji, or Minamoto clan. There the Heiké perished utterly, with their women and children, and their infant emperor likewise...
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Emperor Sujin was the son of Emperor Kaika and Ikagashikome.
With Mimakihime they had Emperor Suinin, Izanomawaka, Kunikatahime, Chijitsukuyamatohime, Yamatohiko and Igahime.
Sujin had an addition two concubines and another six children.
The Song the Sea God Sang is said to be a critique on the connections that exist between humans and the kamui (gods of the Ainu). For this particular story it revolves around Repun Kamui the Sea God...
Long, long ago there lived a man called Sentaro. He had inherited a small fortune from his father and lived on this, spending his time carelessly, without any serious thoughts of work, till he was about thirty-two years of age.
This particular tale comes from the Uji shui monogatari and centers around the character of Fujiwara no Toshiyuki.
Toshiyuki was a celebrated caligrapher and many people asked him to make copies of the Lotus Sutra for them. In total he had made 200 copies until he suddenly died.
The government in Japan has increased it’s incentives to get people moving out of the capital and surrounding districts to help with the overcrowding they are seeing in Tokyo.
I have come across three women today I wanted to talk about. Three of them all onna-bugeishi, or female warriors who would fight alongside Samurai.
When life began as a maiko all of Mineko’s time disappeared. Her schedule seemed a little grueling. And don’t forget she is only 15 still at this time. Her days would begin at 6 in the morning and not finish until 2 or 3 am.
Pearl Diving in Japan is carried out by a group of women known as Ama or to us Diving Women. Their jobs consisted of catching seafood to sell, but over time these women had grown famous for collecting pearls from the ocean as well.
We continue today the tale of Mineko, as she comes ever closer to becoming a fully fledged Geisha. But it is not going to be an easy time for her...
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Latest Site Updates
We have added this month alot of information concerning Emperor Suinin, his reign, his family and lots of associated pages surrounding his life...
Many new Yokai this month, with volume 1 of the Konjaku Hyakki Shui added to the site.
This month we added some information concerning members of the Ariwara Family.
Well we did what we set out to do for the month. All notes for members of the Fujiwara Clan are now on the website. I will now focus again on other topics to continue to bring a wide range of content for you to read.
We did a lot of pages surrounding the reign of Emperor Sujin, as well as several new Yokai and people from the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu.
The first month of the new year is over. And this month has seen one of the busiest months I have ever had for the website. I have added more than 70 pages to the site!
You can listen to the full episode over on Anchor here: Japan Archives, or wherever you listen to Podcasts.
Be sure to check out Heather’s blog on lifes little adventures here: HeatherOverYonder.
We also started a Youtube channel for other creative endeavours!