Tag: Blood and Tears

Behind the Story of Blood and Tears – Japanese Woodcuts (Ukiyoe)

Most of us appreciate traditional Japanese woodcut paintings (ukiyoe) for their artistic and aesthetic beauty; however, very frequently they served more down-to-earth purposes such as advertising, celebrity worship (yes, fan magazines), social commentary and humor. 

June 26, 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

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 0