Posts Tagged ‘History’

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Nuclear Testing: 1945-1998

August 5, 2011

Isao Hashimoto was born in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan in 1959.

Worked for 17 years in financial industry as a foreign exchange dealer. Studied at Department of Arts, Policy and Management of Musashino Art University, Tokyo. Currently working for Lalique Museum, Hakone, Japan as a curator. Created artwork series expressing, in the artist’s view, “the fear and the folly of nuclear weapons” (Source)

“This piece of work is a bird’s eye view of the history by scaling down a month length of time into one second. No letter is used for equal messaging to all viewers without language barrier. The blinking light, sound and the numbers on the world map show when, where and how many experiments each country have conducted. I created this work for the means of an interface to the people who are yet to know of the extremely grave, but present problem of the world.”

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Asteroid Discovery: 1980 – 2010

September 5, 2010

Art by Minami Seira

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Unit 731

January 29, 2010

Unit 731 (731 部隊, Nana-san-ichi butai) was a covert biological and chemical warfare research and development unit of the Imperial Japanese Army that undertook lethal human experimentation during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945) and World War II. It was responsible for some of the most notorious war crimes carried out by Japanese personnel.

From 1936 to 1942 approximately 12,000 men, women and children were murdered in Unit 731, but the atrocities committed there were physically worse than in the Nazi death camps: their suffering lasted much longer, and not one prisoner survived.

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Qin Shi Huang Tomb

July 11, 2009

Ying Zheng became the first emperor of the unified China in 221 BCE. One of his major projects was a construction of an enormous mausoleum that holds secrets even to this day.

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Hashima Island (Gunkanjima)

May 24, 2009

“Battleship Island” is one among 505 uninhabited islands in the Nagasaki Prefecture about 15 kilometers from Nagasaki itself. The island was populated from 1887 to 1974 as a coal mining facility. In 1959, its population density was 835 people per hectare (83,500 people/km2) for the whole island, or 1,391 per hectare (139,100 people/km2) for the residential district, the highest population density ever recorded worldwide.

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Photographs of Occupied Japan (1948-1951)

March 25, 2009

children-in-the-sakuma-yard

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Meiji and Taisho Eras in Photographs

March 10, 2009

Fudo Temple at Meguro, Tokyo

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Korea Conflict in Pictures

March 1, 2009

Photographs documenting events of the 20th century in Korea and current daily life in the North.

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Tale of Genji Anime Trailer

January 6, 2009

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Old Photographs of the Bakumatsu-Meiji Periods

December 29, 2008

Taken by Beato. Entitled “Japanese doctor, Azuma Ian and patient “. A bald doctor wearing a kimono with the family emblem and a sword takes the pulse of a young woman patient. A kettle sits on a brazier in the background, but this may be the residence of the doctor.

“Japanese Old Photographs of the Bakumatsu-Meiji Periods” at the University of Nagasaki Library is the largest collection of old photographs, approximately 6,000, taken all over Japan from the Bakumatsu through to the Meiji period.

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How to Choose English Translation of The Tale of Genji

November 15, 2008

If you are planning to read what some consider the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji, several translations can guide you through the fascinating world of the Heian Period. Let us examine major English translations of The Tale of Genji.

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Tale of Genji Anime: Genji Monogatari Sen-nen-ki Genji

November 10, 2008

I reported about the new anime version of the Tale of Genji. Recently, some interesting details were unveiled. Read the rest of this entry ?

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