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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

Behind the Story of “Blood and Tears” – Welcome!

Welcome to Behind the Story of “Blood & Tears”! I invite you to learn more about Usaburo, O-Hatsu and O-Bun, and the world they inhabit.


May 31, 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

Behind the Story of Blood and Tears – The Boshin War

Blood & 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 1

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

Behind the Story of Blood and Tears – Japanese Snacks: Konpeitō, Taiyaki

  It doesn’t take long before we learn O-Bun has quite an appetite, especially for sweets. Here are a couple of her favorites…


July 3, 2018 0