Beate Sirota Gordon, Long-Unsung Heroine of Japanese Women’s Rights, Dies at 89
: a NYT obituary relates the fascinating story of a young woman who was just the right person in just the right place at just the right time and managed to strike a blow for gender equality. [more inside]
The Japanese National Archives
have a nice set of late 1930s, pre-World War 2, civil defence posters, created in response to their hostilities with China: General Air Raid Defence
; Blackout Control
; Fire Protection
; and Gas Attack
. via Airminded, an excellent blog on "Airpower and British Society 1908-1941, mostly." [more inside]
A nice set
of photographic glass-plate transparencies depicting life in Japan ca. 1910. These "Yokohama photographs" were sold to foreign tourists between about 1868 and 1912. I found the Crafts and Trades section
Reports of recent Anti-Japanese demonstrations in China
lack any details about the content in the disputed history text books. Is it related to the Nanjing Massacre, which Iris Chang
wrote about in her much contested book "The Rape of Nanking"
The Chinese government is certainly not acting as a shining example of upholding human rights
by any means, but does that deprive its people from the right to have part of their history at least adequately remembered ?
And is the Chinese Government using this collective wound to further its own national interests
such as keeping Japan from joining the UNSC
The National Diet Library Gallery.
Japanese arts and history. 'The NDL Gallery features
electronic exhibitions of the NDL's unique collections
with easy-to-understand explanations. Under the
general title "Memories of Japan", an increasing
number of exhibitions of Japanese history and culture
will become available to the public.' Ex-libris
in the world.
Related :- The
Virtual Museum of Japanese Arts.
One Hell of a Big Bang
-- Studs Turkel meets Paul Tibbets the pilot of the Enola Gay
. It's a great, though-provoking and disturbing interview to read on Hiroshima Day.