The Tokyo 2020 Logo and the Ichimatsu Moyou

The Tokyo 2020 Logo and the Ichimatsu Moyou

The new logo for the 2020 Tokyo was unveiled on April 25. Created by artist Asoa Tokolo, the checkered indigo blue design is based upon the traditional Japanese pattern called ichimatsu moyou. Ichimatsu moyou (市松模様?) is named for the kabuki actor Sanogawa Ichimatsu I (佐野川 市松?) Active as an actor from 1733 until his death …

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Joker Game: Duty, Death and the Imperial Rescript to Soldiers and Sailors

Joker Game: Duty, Death and the Imperial Rescript to Soldiers and Sailors

The beginning of episode 2 of Joker Game opens with a voiceover as scenes of children playing at war segue into images of adult soldiers. The opening narration is lifted from the Imperial Rescript to Soldiers and Sailors (軍人勅諭), a document issued by the Meiji Emperor in 1882. The Rescript was a set of rules …

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Bakuon!! The Siberian Internment and the Social Stigma of Surrender in WWII Japan

Bakuon!! The Siberian Internment and the Social Stigma of Surrender in WWII Japan

Bakuon!! is a lighthearted anime about the peculiar members of a motorcycle club at an all girls high school. The majority of the first two episodes have been concerned with main protagonist Hane Sakura’s quest to obtain a license and the conflict between Onsa and Rin over the merits of Suzuki bikes. With the introduction …

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Dancing around Digital Architecture: Denno Coil and an Augmented Future

Dancing around Digital Architecture: Denno Coil and an Augmented Future

The highly underrated 2007 anime Denno Coil postulated a future where a pervasive digital world intersects with the physical world through the use of augmented reality glasses. More recent anime depictions of the digital world such as Sword Art Online(2012) and Log Horizon (2013)  have opted for an immersive virtual world rather than augmenting the …

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From Up on Poppy Hill and the Post-War Revival of Japan

From Up on Poppy Hill and the Post-War Revival of Japan

Studio Ghibli’s From  Up on Poppy Hill is a quiet romance set among the turmoil of Japan’s return to the world stage in the form of the 1964 Olympic Games. However, Japan’s economic revival did not come with the frenzy of construction (and destruction) that accompanied the games but with the outbreak of the Korean …

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It Came From the Internet

It Came From the Internet

For the H-PCAACA Network, a part of H-Net.org, I have been writing a new blog entitled It Came From the Internet showcasing unusual pop culture sites. While I will repost each individually at some point, check out the blog at H-PCAACA. I It Came From the Internet

#fangate, Charlie Crist, and the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon Debate

#fangate, Charlie Crist, and the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon Debate

Much has been made over #fangate, the defining moment of the last debate between Charlie Crist and Rick Scott in the 2014 Florida governor’s race. Governor Scott refused to take the stage for six minutes over a small fan Crist had under his podium. The fan seemed like a minor personal quirk. Yet Crist’s penchant …

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The 1964 Tokyo Olympiad

The 1964 Tokyo Olympiad

The 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo can regarded as the birth of modern day Japan. Despite regaining independence in 1956 after the Allied Occupation, the Games were a turning point for Japan. Presenting a technologically advanced, modern and peaceful nation to the world only two decades after the end of World War II was tremendous …

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Article: Gaming the Conference

Article: Gaming the Conference

The Conference on College Composition and Communication has added a different spin this year with a quest based activity called “C’s the Day” where attendees fulfill challenges. The quest system, set up by gaming enthusiasts among the conference planners, has a series of challenges to complete such as, ”Give a comprehensive, 15-second description of the entirety …

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