Posts Tagged ‘Japanese history’

Book Review: The Forty-Seven Rōnin: The Vendetta in History

John A. Tucker presents the first comprehensive historical study of one of the most famous events in Japanese history.

The 47 Ronin the Vendetta in History coverPublished in February 2018 this seminal work about the Forty-Seven Rōnin, one of the most famous historical tales in Japan, is probably one of the most accessible academic studies in the English language. It is very well laid out, the structure eminently logical, the referencing structure precise and the bibliography pleasantly well-stocked. Unsurprisingly, whilst Tucker does mention less reliable sources, he does not dwell on the conjectural discrepancies that arise from these, his suppositions being based on his analysis of empirical texts. There are a few black and white illustrations ranging from location and portrait photographs through to reproductions of illustrations both Read more…

DVD Review: Princess Jellyfish Deluxe Collector’s Edition

September 29, 2012 3 comments

Welcome to the world of the fangirls!

Princess Jellyfish centres around the Amamizukan, a small household of otaku women and particularly on the life of Tsukimi Kurashita, a young woman with a love of art and sea-life, specifically jellyfish. Each of the women in the Amamizukan have their own unique obsessions, ranging from traditional Japanese fashion and dolls to trains, older gentlemen, Japanese history, manga and yaoi. 

During her time in the city, Tsukimi visits a small spotted jellyfish she has named Clara in the window of a pet-store. She is shocked to Read more…

DVD Review: Hara-kiri: Death Of A Samurai – A Film By Takashi Miike

May 19, 2012 11 comments

An epically beautiful film!

Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi the Killer) follows up his martial-arts-heavy 13 Assassins with a more thoughtful, contemplative film that considers the role of ritual suicide in the ranks of the Samurai in 17th Century Japan. Hara-Kiri: Death of A Samurai, a remake of the Yasuhiko Takiguchi 1963 classic,  is told in most part by two long flashbacks, the movie tells the tale of a young unemployed samurai, Motome Chijiiwa (Eita), who is forced to commit ritual suicide by cutting open his stomach (seppuku) as punishment for Read more…