井底之蛙

5/8/2011

Japan and Catfish

Filed under: — Alan Baumler @ 3:06 pm

On the assumption that some of our readers teach East Asian History and thus may on occasion have to talk about Japan, history, and earthquakes, I offer two links.

The obvious place to look for historical understanding of Japan and earthquakes is Gregory Smits “Shaking Up Japan: Edo Society and the 1855 Catfish Picture Prints” Journal of Social History 39.4 (2006) He has lots of cool pictures, and you can find even more (thus impressing your students with your knowledge) at the Pink Tentacle .

If you want a more modern assessment, this is a good choice.

 

One response to “Japan and Catfish”

  1. […] collection of 19th-century Japanese catfish prints, which I came across via the ever-interesting Frog in the Well. The giant mythical catfish (namazu), thrashing about in its underground lair, was said to be the […]

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