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Sun, Jan. 3rd, 2010 12:00 am
Taking Tiger Mountain (by strategy)

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cap_scaleman
cap_scaleman
cap_scaleman
Sat, Jan. 2nd, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)

But the chinese new year isn't until February 14th! That's when the astrological change occur!


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sun, Jan. 3rd, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)

I said exactly that to Hisae during our climb. But the Japanese, being a sort of bridge culture between East and West, seem to celebrate the Chinese astrological year starting with the Western calendar year.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sun, Jan. 3rd, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)

It's very similar, in fact, to what they've done with Indian deity Vaisravana, turning him into Bishamonten!

In other words, "Japan" is a series of deliberate misunderstandings of things which originated in other cultures; "unreliable narrations", if you like. (And my Japanology is an unreliable narration of the operations of that unreliable narration!)

I think this is characteristic of nations with a sea around them. A sea is a kind of filter, a prism, a form of convenient forgetting as well as an import-export medium.


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milky_eyes
milky_eyes
milky_eyes
Sun, Jan. 3rd, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)

this my friend is where my extreme love/baffled/excitement comes from.

A place thats so focused on the smallest of details... and has the same enthusiasm (?) for changing anything that, just, well, can be changed for whatever reason...

blows my mind, and the clincher is, that it's done with a knowing smile... "yes, this is the way it is done, of course it is."


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cap_scaleman
cap_scaleman
cap_scaleman
Sun, Jan. 3rd, 2010 07:57 am (UTC)

I've often been fascinated by the amount of things considered japanese that actually came from China. Like Buddhism, powdered tea and miso for example.

Good thing the sea protected Japan from the Mongols.


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