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Of Pale Yellows and Blues

August 15, 2016 - 10:41 pm

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I was recently looking at Ohatamoto Sōshirushizu when I noticed something interesting. The colors are helpfully labeled, which is useful to determine what distinctions between colors were being drawn and if any ink colors have changed over time. For example, yellow (黄, “ki”) is here distinguished from gold (金, “kin”), unlike in European heraldry. But […]

Pennsic Wrapup

August 15, 2016 - 12:00 am

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Greetings all! Just got back from the Pennsic War, which was great fun if intolerably muggy. I taught two classes, a revised version of my Japanese Heraldry class and a class on the Soto Zen meal ritual, based on Dōgen’s writing on it from the 13th century. Here are the handouts, if anyone’s interested. Heraldic […]

Comparing O-umajirushi (2/?)

July 4, 2016 - 1:24 pm

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Continuing my comparison between the National Diet Library and Library of Congress copies of O-umajirushi. Here it’s interesting to note that both copies have have different styles of the character yama (山) on the horo from the banners, and that the styles match. Whether this shows significance of the style difference or is just a […]

Exciting Sources: Daibukan and Kamakura Bukan

July 1, 2016 - 1:54 am

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The Daibukan, or Great Book of Heraldry, is a gigantic secondary source on Japanese heraldry from the 1930s. I’ve gotten to look at it before, but it wasn’t until recently that I learned that a scanned copy is available from the NDL online. The right half of page 55 (as the online version numbers things) […]

Resource: the Rijksmuseum

June 30, 2016 - 5:00 pm

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I recently discovered that the Rijksmuseum, the Dutch national museum, has their collection searchable online with freely-usable images. They’ve got some cool stuff. Here are some highlights, focused on Japanese heraldry. <img src=" traitement viagra naturel.50-300×114.png” alt=”Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 13.48.50″ width=”300″ height=”114″ class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-594″ srcset=”×114.png 300w,×293.png 768w,×390.png 1024w, 1506w” sizes=”(max-width: […]

Comparing O-umajirushi (1/?)

June 25, 2016 - 12:13 am

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So, when I went to the Library of Congress last fall, I got to see physical copies of volumes 5 and 6 of O-umajirushi in person, which was very exciting. What was interesting, though, is that these copies had some differences from the copies from the National Diet Library which I used for my book. […]

Relaunced: Japanese Heraldry Database

June 11, 2016 - 11:42 am

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I just relaunched my Japanese Heraldry Database, collecting the mon from this blog and newly expanded with mon from my Japanese Heraldry class. I hope that bringing a variety of mon together in an organized way is useful to people, and I hope to expand it in the future.

New Resource: Ohatamoto Sōshirushizu

November 8, 2015 - 11:03 pm

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I was recently visiting DC, and while there I decided to stop by the Library of Congress, because they had an actual copy of O-umajirushi that I could actually look at in person (quite exciting; more on that another time). While I was looking at their catalog ahead of time, I noticed it was under […]

Kickstarter Post Linkdump

November 6, 2015 - 11:22 pm

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So, it’s been a year since my Kickstarter funded, and it’s been wrapped up for a bit. I’ve got some new stuff to talk about here, but first, for the record, I wanted to link to some of my Kickstarter posts that might be generally interesting. Introduction to Japanese Crests, the handout for the Japanese […]

Shameless Plug: O-umajirushi Kickstarter

August 14, 2014 - 3:18 pm

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Greetings, all, I’m currently running a Kickstarter to publish an annotated translation of O-umajirushi, the 17th-century Japanese heraldry compendium I’ve talked about before here. O-umajirushi is a unique source for anyone interested in historical Japanese heraldry. I’m having a lot of fun with the translation, and I’m excited to be able to share my work […]