Author: Anita Y. Tsuchiya

Behind the Story of Blood and Tears — The Subscription List

 In episode 13, O-Bun entertains her friends with a scene from her favorite Kabuki play, The Subscription List (Kanjinchō).


August 21, 2018 0

Behind the Story of Blood and Tears – Battle of Ueno

The Battle of Ueno took place on May 15, 1868 (lunar date) at the Toeizan Kaneiji Temple complex on Mt. Ueno in Edo. Pro-imperial troops, spearheaded by the Satsuma and Choshu domains, launched an early morning attack


August 14, 2018 0
Map showing affiliated domains of the Ōuetsu Reppan Dōmei.

Behind the Story of Blood and Tears – The Boshin War

Blood and Tears is set during the Bōshin War, a tumultuous civil conflict that ends with the dissolution of Japan’s centuries-old governance by military families, the samurai. 


July 31, 2018 0

Behind the Story of Blood and Tears – Bushido

Did you know bushido is a modern martial arts term?


July 27, 2018 0

Behind the Story of Blood and Tears – Creating Japanese Coins

Everything in this illustration–letter, silver coins, copper coins–was created from scratch using Photoshop. 


July 24, 2018 0

Behind the Story of Blood and Tears – Kyogen Theatre

At the end of episode 4, O-Bun performs the a kyogen play, “Kane no Ne“ for Usaburo and O-Hatsu. The humorous misunderstanding in the storyline arises from the use of puns, a staple of Japanese comedy. 


July 10, 2018 0