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The book is about a young English boy who's shipwrecked in Japan in 1611, and gets adopted by a samurai family, while being stalked by the ninja pirates who killed his father and crewmates, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. So it was a bit Karate Kid and a bit of the story of Will Adams (more Samurai William than Shogun); nothing surprising, really, Tindamax online cod, but all a bit familiar. Aside from fairly predictable ahistorical elements, (( ninja, yes, Tindamax interactions, and wakou pirates (who are also ninja) off the coast of eastern Japan in 1611, and the post-Enlightenment attitudes of the protagonist )) commonplaces of martial arts fiction, What is Tindamax, and the implausible interpersonal relationships, nothing out of the ordinary.

I was about halfway through the book, though, Tindamax description, when I realized what I was reading: it was the scene where Jack, the young Englishman, Tindamax blogs, shows up at the school of his adopted father/patron -- a formidable warrior -- and all the students are introduced to the instructors at a big banquet. I put down the book, walked into the other room and said to my wife, "It's Harry Potter in Japan!"

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"That's too bad, Tindamax gel, ointment, cream, pill, spray, continuous-release, extended-release, " she said, "since you liked Harry Potter so much." She's right: I read all the books, but never stopped complaining about them. Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, In fairness, my chief complaint about the Harry Potter series was Rowling's failure to develop a remotely plausible social or historical context for the action; Bradford has adopted an actual place and time, so he should have a perfectly workable milieu, if he doesn't muck it up. (( He certainly has educational aspirations [PDF] )) I also thought that Rowling dragged the story on interminably; Bradford only has a trilogy planned, Tindamax pharmacy.

What elements does it share with Harry Potter. The characters and narratives are so structurally similar that I'm surprised it took me so long to see it: orphaned boy enters new cultural world, Tindamax dose, discovers new skills for which he has a natural talent, attracts the ire of a mysterious and dangerous enemy who has some connection to himself, defeats his enemies with the aid of his fellow students, has a mentor/protector who's the only person powerful enough to defeat his nemesis and they have a history of conflict, Tindamax samples, a female friend who is also better-informed and ambiguously interested, a school with multiple instructors (introduced, Tindamax over the counter, as I said, at a big banquet), class and purity-based discrimination, and contests of skill which are ultimately decided by the good character -- and preternaturally appropriate skills -- of the protagonist, Tindamax from canada. I could go on.

Some of the similarities are more or less coincidental: class and ethnicity are common forms of prejudice, certainly present in Japan as much as England, and some martial arts schools did have specialist instructors, and all of them had hierarchical systems, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. Using the immensely successful Rowling series as a model isn't really a flaw, Buy cheap Tindamax, I suppose: "fish out of water goes to school" is a literary frame that allows the author to educate the reader along with the protagonist in an almost naturalistic way. But the nemesis/mentor pair, the orphan with a mixed blessing from deceased parents protagonist, the tight circle of misfit/nerdy friends and allies, online Tindamax without a prescription, the unlikely triumphs from first principles and good character, the secret/conspiracy that stretches over multiple books, Buy Tindamax from canada, even the climactic inter-school trial of skill are all there. Rowling should be proud: she's spawned a genre.

I have historical and cultural issues as well, most of which can be summed up as the result of placing later practices too early, real brand Tindamax online. Most of the dojo Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, scenes are like that, depicting 20th century martial arts ettiquette (but, very oddly, glossing over the sempai-kohai seniority structure). The cultural role of the Imperial institution as depicted isn't plausible until Mito School thought develops in the late 18th and early 19th century. (( The social connections to the Imperial house are flat-out absurd: one daimyo is described as a "second cousin to the Imperial Line" (183), Tindamax mg, which boggles the mind almost as much as the idea that the Imperial sigil is the "sun" instead of the chrysanthemum. An imperial official shows up to officiate at the inter-school contest later, which culminates in a race to Kiyomizudera, which is the resting place for a magical sword which is Japan's great protection against danger, Tindamax duration. Yeah. )) The female characters, and Jack's egalitarianism, are really only possible in a 21st century rewriting of the history, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. (( Yes, Order Tindamax from United States pharmacy, samurai women learned how to fight. Mostly with dagger and spear, and the incessant invocation of Tomoe Gozen as a feminist heroine clearly comes out of 21st century concerns. The idea that a 17th century Englishman with a naval background would be surprised or discomfited by the concept of classes is just a bit of a stretch, Tindamax photos, too. )) There's an odd bit when the characters are explaining sohei warrior monks to Jack: they are simultaneously supernatural practitioners of incomparable skill (201) and overweening power-mongers who are obliterated by Oda Nobunaga in his apparently justified attempt to take Kyoto. Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, (164-165) There are several places where practices are described as "Japanese" when they are distinctly samurai class issues. Tindamax for sale, It's an historical hash.

The language of Bushido is a little anachronistic, but not as bad as the actual Japanese which is used in the book, which is thoroughly modern, my Tindamax experience. I understand why, more or less, Tindamax coupon, but there are times when more accurate renderings might have been more dramatic: For example, the Japanese students use the late 19th/20th century gaijin as a derogatory term for Jack, but the Japanese of the time would have been more likely to use an actually derogatory term like yabanjin [savage, barbarian] or nanbanjin [Southern barbarian] or ketoujin [hairy chinese barbarian] or komojin [red-hairs], Tindamax natural. (( and the use of "gaijin-lover" as an epithet for Jack's female friend just doesn't ring true. Even as foolhardy and dense as the mean kids in this book are, they would be unlikely to accuse the daughter of their teacher of being an outcaste among prostitutes, and she'd be unlikely to take it as calmly as she does, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. Akiko is an odd duck, Tindamax no rx, though, who practices pearl-diving in her spare time (without revealing anything), but takes samurai ettiquette very seriously. ))

One of the odder aspects of the book is that the head of the school, Tindamax use, and Jack's adopted father, is explicitly modeled on Miyamoto Musashi, Tindamax price, coupon, the great swordsman and strategist, but Bradford changes his name -- Masamoto -- and alters significant components of his history, including, most notably, Tindamax overnight, the fact that Musashi only ran a school for a short while and certainly wasn't a big fan of Bushido as it developed later. Conveniently, Tindamax dangers, Musashi's school-running days were right around the time that Jack has shown up, which was just in time to see the famous duel involving the oar. (( though Bradford's version is much longer than any other I've read, and the oar is a stopgap measure rather than a premeditated decision: these are the kinds of changes he's making )) Bradford's Masamoto is, Tindamax results, like Musashi, a two-sword master with a side-speciality in throwing things, Tindamax forum, but doesn't seem to have the philosophical side of the historical swordsman. Buy Tindamax Without Prescription, He does, however, have a complicated relationship with his sons. The eldest, Tenno, was killed by the ninja master Dokugan Ryu; the younger, discount Tindamax, Yamato, is trying to fill the gap, Tindamax brand name, but failing, and his struggle -- along with Jack's outsider issues -- forms the emotional core of the book. (( The names almost drove me to drop the book in the first few chapters. The idea of naming a child "Emperor" or "Japan" made me worry that the whole book would be like that, where can i order Tindamax without prescription. The ninja master's name is translated in the book as "Dragon Eye" though "One-eyed Dragon" is much more accurate. Also, the green eye clearly means that Dokugan Ryu is of foreign origin, though nobody mentions it and we'll have to wait for book three to find out for sure, Buy Tindamax Without Prescription. ))

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3/26/2007

Asian History News Dump, March 2007

This is a "dump": all the Asia related stuff I've saved over the last.... two months? Anyway, nobody else has blogged about it, so I thought I'd toss it out there. I hope to resume more ... measured blogging soon. [Crossposted at all three Frog Blogs; sorry about the irrelevant stuff.]

The increasingly inaptly named JapanFocus website has a fantastic study of ethnic Koreans in Yanbian, China and their economic connections to both Koreas and Korean diaspora communities. The existence of this community -- the origins of which are rooted in Korean refugee migration from the Japanese incursions of the 1590s and early 20th century -- has provided a conduit for FDI, but has also been a factor in the ongoing historical/territorial debates between Chinese and Koreans (Even Salon has noticed!). Perhaps the most interesting section for me was the last third, where issues of remittances and the social standing of the Yanbian Korean-Chinese were raised: "famliarity breeds contempt" seems to be the theme, as relations between the Yanbian community and both Korean and overseas communities have gone through euphoric phases but generally been lukewarm in person, with the China-based community coming out on the short end.

In related news, JapanFocus also has an excerpt of a new translation by Joshua Fogel of Yamamuro Shin'ichi's Manchuria under Japanese Domination. Prasenjit Duara is not mentioned by name, but his works is, I think, implicitly criticized; Yamamuro's view of Manchuria is closer to Louise Young's ...someone should do a review essay drawing on all three.

It appears that our recent historiographical nightmare is over because Abe has apologized "as prime minister" for Japan's use of "sex slaves" (there was a fascinating debate on the terminology at H-Japan the end result of which is that a really concientious commentator cannot refer to the phenomenon of wartime military brothels with coerced participants except by using quotation marks or by going into long, long discussions of terminology).

I've been staying out of this whole brouhaha, mostly because of the rank ahistoricality of most of the discussion. Abe's initial point, that coercion was overstated and reevaluation is needed, is absurd on the face of it, replacing legalistic standards of evidence for historical ones. Regarding the rejection of the 1993 government finding by nationalist legislators, I can only repeat what I've said before, which is that if your pride or legitimacy rests on a denial the realities of history, it's time to find new sources of pride and legitimacy. The personal testimonies of former sex slaves before Congress, members of the Japanese military, etc.

Of course, the "debate" about the Nanjing massacre goes on: Joint historical committees come and go. Revisionist textbooks in Japan downplay atrocities, and Taiwanese textbooks seem to be focusing more on Chinese crimes than Japanese (and what can I say about the Taiwanese Nazi party? It would take a whole post...). A Chinese legislator even proposed "Humliation Day" as a commemoration of Japan's 1931 invasion.

I was struck by a Korea report of a new planed textbook which would take both Chinese and Japanese historical errors to task, while another report suggests that unique Korean errors are being promoted. This follows Presidential scolding of Japan and a lawsuit over Yasukuni Shrine.

The Matteo Ricci map [via] is fascinating, but I can't figure out why there are katakana readings of many of the place names, unless it is a later Japanese copy. Speaking of Japanese sources, the UC Japanese Historical Text Initiative looks like a great multilingual resource; a password is required to get at the texts, though not for their very detailed electronic publications, including a list of "Basic terms of Shinto" (which goes well beyond basic), their "Shinto Shrine atlas" and Contemporary Papers in Japanese Religion series.

Joe's Brief History of Lawyers in Japan (MutantFrog seems to be having some trouble at the moment, but I'm assuming it'll be back shortly) is a great example of timeline construction.

1854: The second known reference to European-style lawyers in Japanese literature. They are described as "accompanying stupid people to court and writing documents for them."

There's a new history resource, WikiHistory [via]. While I have grave doubts about the wiki "movement" I do think that it could be a good tool for creating valuable resources. This is one such attempt, though the strictly chronological format means that it's going to be useful for people looking for very specific kinds of connections, rather than general users, at least for a while. Still, if you're interested in contributing to a wiki, this wouldn't be a bad place to start. Certainly the only one I've considered, so far.

Clint Eastwood's movies on the Iwo Jima battles have gotten a lot of attention. Ian Buruma cites them as models for humanistic storytelling, and Noriko Manabe chronicles some Japanese reactions (which got a really sharp response on H-Japan). Both of them, I think, miss the point: Buruma cites the exceptional humanity of a few Japanese characters but he seems to ignore the basic inhumanity of the vast majority of them. I don't fault Eastwood for this, mind you: a movie exploring the human emotions and motivations of most Japanese soldiers would be very different indeed. I don't think Shintaro Ishihara's kamikaze valentine is going to quite fit the bill, though. Manabe's piece attacks Eastwood as a cultural imperialist, an essentialist position that would obliterate anyone's ability to do history in any form; she also cites "critiques" of the movie by online Japanese without ever trying to evaluate the strength of those critiques.

Chinese cultural heritage preservation is a huge task, with potentially large payoffs. China is considering legislation to auto-patent indigenous knowledge to prevent western bioprospectors from exploiting China's resources. Great Wall reconstruction is a perennial favorite. Language preservation is trickier, but essential to China's claims to be a multi-ethnic and culturally diverse and responsible nation. 700 year old Korans are great sources, and Chinese can even learn from foreigners. It can even be fun: Han Recreation Society is a huge hit in Beijing, reportedly, reinforcing my belief that in any given large city, you can find a group of people that will do anything for fun. And a new movie commemorates a young Englishman in China during WWII particularly his efforts to help orphans.

New materials from the Japanese Imperial house may shed light on WWII, of course. In case you missed it, George Weller's dispatches from Nagasaki have been published, but a Japanese translation of this expose of the Royal family will not be. And new material from the CIA sheds light on an aborted coup attempt, the postwar careers of Japanese war criminals, and CIA agents imprisoned in Communist China (I highly recommend that last one, by the way, for the great details and real drama, though I think the discussion of "brainwashing" is a bit cavalier). The agents came home right around the time of Nixon's ping-pong diplomacy (There's a whole book about it, now).

Lafcadio Hearn is having a renaissance, as is whaling. There's a new Japan Blog Matsuri which will run at the end of each month. Speaking of blog carnivals, there's a new History Carnival Aggregator, a "One-stop shop for announcements about history-related blog carnivals."

The opium problem in the late 19c US wasn't Chinese. The Moon Cake problem, however is. Former "rightists" are starting to speak out in China.

In southeast Asian monarchical news, archaeologists get environmental and discover that an early Cambodian capitol was abandoned due to water shortages. Vietnam's old imperial city is getting refurbished with lots of help from overseas. And "Balthazar Napoleon de Bourbon, a jovial Indian lawyer and part-time farmer," is the entirely unofficial heir-apparent to the pre-Revolutionary French monarchy. The only way this next item is "royal" is the nature of the pain: Buddhism prevents extermination of poisonous ants. Religious convictions can be inconvenient (no, I'm not ready for Passover!).

Many, perhaps most, of the above links without hat-tip credit came from HNN.

7/30/2005

Speaking of Japanese Korean relations….

I know as well as anyone that the blogosphere is a self-selected and decidedly non-standard sample of any population (except, of course, bloggers). But, apropos our vigorous discussion of Jared Diamond on Japanese origins, comes an analysis suggesting a rising tide of anti-Korean patriotism among Japanese bloggers. [via Kirk Larsen] At the risk of sounding snippy, apparently several decades of research on the common origins of Koreans and Japanese, popularized in the best English-language venues, has made little difference...

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