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Creation Date: 04-26-2010 11:46 PM
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the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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  #74 New 07-22-2011 11:23 AM
warrior women
Hot Pink Checkered Hanhaba Obi - with nadeshiko on the reverse - by Cherise Hawley used under creative commons licence

A daimiō's wife, as befitted the wife of a warrior and the daughter of long generations of brave men, never shrank from facing danger and death when necessary; and considered the taking of her own life an honorable and easy escape from being captured by her enemy.
Alice Mabel Bacon, Japanese Girls and Women

losing my way
is part of the journey
poppy flower

from Far Beyond the Field: Haiku by Japanese Women



The Japanese women's soccer team just won the World Cup. It was an improbable win. Astonishing even. They beat several strong teams and won the final against the USA in a penalty shootout after the game ended in a tie.

The team's nickname is Nadeshiko. Nadeshiko or dianthus superbus is a wild pink flower. Yamato nadeshiko can also mean the archetype of a Japanese woman, beautiful and resilient like the flower. It might be said with a sense of nostalgia.

Samurai women used the naginata, the long slashing spear or halberd or glaive, or a short tanto or kaiken dagger. This week in Japan there was news about one period drama starting and one period drama finishing. The new drama is on the public broadcasting network NHK. It's about Yae Niijima, a strong and determined woman samurai. The samurai drama that will end in December after more than forty years is Mito Komon. Kaoru Yumi is one of the regular members of the cast. Her ofuro - bath - scenes were famous. She trained in aikido. Years ago she did a special aikido performance at the All-Japan Aikido Demonstration with spotlights and drumrolls.


background articles
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_Pink
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamato_Nadeshiko
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onna_bugeisha
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/columns/...0718004091.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mito_komon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jidaigeki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naginata
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tant%C5%8D
http://earlywomenmasters.net/soundings/
http://www.haikuworld.org/books/farbeyond.review.html


free e-book from project gutenberg of a book published in 1891
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/32449
Alice Mabel Bacon, Japanese Girls and Women



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#8 08-09-2011 10:22 AM
niall Says:
Graham thanks for that cool reference. Very interesting! Cheers, Niall
#7 07-28-2011 10:46 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Carina!
#6 07-23-2011 07:56 AM
Just found another nice story http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/blo...rts-story-year Here another interesting link of Ishi-jo, wife of Oboshi Yoshio, one of the 47 Ronin and some more
#5 07-22-2011 04:38 PM
Hi Niall. Here's one you may find fascinating. You would have to look up Nanny of the Maroons or Nanny Jamaica. It's very interesting. Enjoy.G.
#4 07-22-2011 03:59 PM
(con)I thought of the kunoichi I saw that flower and I'm sure that I have photos from it from the pyrenees, but I didn't know the name. I found one of my photoshttp://i288.photobucket.com/albums/l...i/DSCN0489.jpg
#3 07-22-2011 03:55 PM
Thanks a lot for this interesting post and the articles. During this whole week I read almost everyday about the winning of the world cup and that Japan can smile again I liked that article about the Idiophonics(Natural Sounds)much.When I read about this brave warrior women
#2 07-22-2011 11:57 AM
niall Says:
Thanks, Francis!
#1 07-22-2011 11:48 AM
aikishihan Says:
Hi Niall, Yet another tantalizing glimpse into a world so foreign in appearance, and yet so resonant within our spirits and imagination. Thank you for including the all too rare image of women and their inestimable and vital role in both Japanese culture and social prominence, and within ours as well.
 




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