Category: Social Fiction

Behind the Story of “Blood and Tears” – Yaba Onna

In Episode 2, Usaburo informs O-Bun that a yaba onna is not the type service worker she had in mind. yaba = archery range          onna = woman


June 12, 2018 0

Behind the Story of “Blood & Tears” – Sonno Joi! 尊皇攘夷

In Episode 1, O-Hatsu’s teahouse is raided by pro-imperial samurai searching for Tokugawa supporters. The slogan “Sonno joi!” (Expel foreigners, revere the Emperor!)


June 6, 2018 0

Behind the Story of “Blood and Tears” – Edo Period Travel 

When we first meet O-Bun in Episode 1, she is complaining about having to walk so far… To encourage trade and travel, the shogunate government built highways connecting several major cities.


June 5, 2018 0

Behind the Story of “Blood and Tears” – The Battle of Toba Fushimi

The Battle of Toba Fushimi was fought January 27-30, 1868, between Tokugawa loyalists and pro-Imperial troops from the Satsuma, Choshu and Tosa domains.


June 4, 2018 1

Behind the Story of “Blood and Tears” – What’s In a Name?

I tried to select character names consistent with the late Edo/early Meiji period.


June 2, 2018 0

My historical fiction “Blood and Tears” is Live!

At long last, my work of historical fiction, Blood and Tears, is LIVE! [huge exhale]🤣


May 31, 2018 0