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Behind the Story of Blood and Tears – Making a Map and Banners for the Battle of Ueno

The map featured in episode 12 (13AUG) of Blood and Tears that detailed troop movements during the Battle of Ueno, started with a woodblock print of Edo published in 1858—part of the Japanese Historical Map Collection housed at the C.V. Starr East Asian Library at the University of California, Berkeley.


August 28, 2018 0

Made in America: Working in the film “American Pastime”

(Originally published in my blog, The Sporkball Journals, on July 20, 2008.) There is no small irony in the fact I now live just a 2-hour drive away from where my Grandparents, Father and Aunts were once imprisoned. On the other hand, you could call it a kind of fate


August 25, 2018 1

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 1

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