Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Samurai (侍?) is the term for the military nobility of pre-industrial Japan. According to translator William Scott Wilson: "In Chinese, the character 侍 was originally a verb meaning to wait upon or accompany a person in the upper ranks of society, and this is also true of the original term in Japanese, saburau. In both countries the terms were nominalized to mean "those who serve in close attendance to the nobility," the pronunciation in Japanese changing t saburai." According to Wilson, an early reference to the word "samurai" appears in the Kokin Wakashū (905–914), the first imperial anthology of poems, completed in the first part of the 10th century.
By the end of the 12th century, samurai became almost entirely synonymous with bushi (武士), and the word was closely associated with the middle and upper echelons of the warrior class. The samurai followed a set of rules that came to be known as Bushidō. While they numbered less than 10% of Japan's population samurai teachings can still be found today in both everyday life and in martial arts such as Kendō, meaning the way of the sword.
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"Felice Beato was the first photographer to devote himself entirely to photographing in Asia and the . He photographed in Japan, India, Athens, Constantinople, the Crimea, and Palestine. He settled in Yokohama and from 1863 to 1877 made hundreds of ethnographic portraits and in Japan. He eventually opened a furniture and curio business in Burma.
Beato's photographic career was also long affiliated with images of war. He photographed the Opium War in China in 1860 and the Sudanese colonial wars in 1885.
While in partnership with his brother-in-law James Robertson in the 1850s, Beato documented the Indian Mutiny and its aftermath. Their photographs are believed to be the first to show human corpses on a battlefield. Beato and Robertson were also among the earliest photographers to work in the Holy Land"
Monday, 8 November 2010
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
to celebrate the ageing process and see dribble all over these beautiful creatures.
We're gonna eat a ton of
and drink copious volumes of
and despite our best efforts, probably end up smoking some licorice rollies in an attempt to look like Mia Farrow
We'll spend a lot of time talking shit and drinking tea outdoors (if the weather permits)
and may end up at the Moulin.
We'll get all ambitious and try to ride bikes around the city without incident. We'll invariably look awkward and clumsy, but in our minds we'll look just like...
On my way to pick up a baguette, I'll bump into Romain Duris and he will declare his undying love for me. Oh. Out loud again?...
A bientot mon amis!!x
Sunday, 31 October 2010
So everyone is now going to jump on Shakespear's Sister now after Cher "Sponsored by Sharpie" Lloyd's little dabble with Stay on the X, but thats fine. I can live with it. Its only one of my favourite songs/videos ever.... and she didn't massacre it thankfully. Whatever. I want to talk about Siobhan.
52. Really she is. I had a massive crush on her growing up, not gonna lie.
Just appreciate the look.