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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” – Social Class in the Edo Period

The initial friction between O-Hatsu and O-Bun arises from differences in their relative social status. Beginning in the 17th century and ending with the Meiji Restoration, people were categorized into roughly four social classes:


June 19, 2018 0

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

Youth Education Classes at the University of Utah

Say, Salt Lake friends with kids! I am teaching four classes for Youth Education at The University of Utah this summer


June 8, 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 pro-Imperial troops from the Satsuma, Choshu and Tosa domains, and Tokugawa loyalists.


June 4, 2018 0