God Is Coming!

God Is Coming!


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Kato, do you believe in God?

Diane, how come you ask me such an eternal question?

Am I offending you by any chance, Kato?

No, you’re not.  But they say, don’t talk about politics and religion if you get along well with your neighbors.

So, you mind my questioning about God, don’t you?

No, Diane, not at all.

But you seem to avoid answering my question.

Well…, tell you the truth, Diane, I believe in many gods.

I’m talking about God, Kato,—not many gods.

I know, but I enjoy Christmas.  I attend the funeral directed by a Buddhist priest as well as marriage ceremonies directed by a Shinto priest.  I also cerebrate the New Year’s Day at a Shinto shrine.  Therefore, I’d say, I’m multi-religious.

So, you believe in many gods, don’t you?

Yes and no.

What do you mean by that?

I don’t think I really believe in a particular god, but I admit that people believe in their own god.  Believing in a god isn’t a bad thing at all. (laughx.gif)

Kato, I don’t think you’re quite serious.

Believe me, Diane, I’m dead serious.

Are you sure?  In any road, how come you’ve brought up today’s religious theme—“God is coming!”

A good question, Diane… Last night, I happened to read a short story written by James Herriot.

Oh… what kind of story is that?

It goes like this…

 

God is Near!


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“You know, Mr. Herriot, it will be my turn next.”


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“What do you mean?”

“Well, tonight Ben has gone and I’m going to be the next one. I just know it.”

 


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“Oh, nonsense! You’re feeling a bit low, that’s all. We all do when something like this happens.”

“I’m not afraid.  I know there’s something better waiting for me. I’ve never had any doubts. But I have only one fear.”

“What is it, Miss Stubbs?”

“It’s the dogs and cats, Mr. Herriot. I’m afraid I might never see them when I’m gone which worries me so. You see, I know I’ll be reunited with my parents and brothers, but … but …”

“Well, why not with your animals?”

“That’s just it.  They say animals have no souls.”

“Who says?”

“Oh, I’ve read it and I know a lot of religious people believe it.”

“Well, I don’t believe it.  If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans. You’ve nothing to worry about there.”

“Oh, I hope you’re right. Sometimes I lie at night thinking about it.”

“I know I’m right, Miss Stubbs, and don’t you argue with me. They teach us vets all about animals’ souls.”

“I’m sorry to bore you with this and I’m not going to talk about it again. But before you go, I want you to be absolutely honest with me. I don’t want reassurance from you–just the truth. I know you are very young but please tell me.  What are your beliefs? Will my animals go with me?”

“Miss Stubbs, I’m afraid I’m a bit foggy about all this.  But I’m absolutely certain of one thing. Wherever you are going, they are going too.”

“Thank you, Mr. Herriot, I know you are being honest with me. That is what you really believe, isn’t it?”

“I do believe it.  With all my heart I believe it.”


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Author Profile: James Herriot

 

Oh, Kato, this is a nice and lovely story.

I know you love this story.  That’s why I’ve decided to talk about “God is coming!” today.

So, Miss Stubbs believes in God, doesn’t she?

Yes, of course, she does.  Miss Stubbs was bed-ridden.  Hanging from the old brass gas bracket on the wall above her head is the following strip of cardboard about eight inches long with plain lettering:

 


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So, Kato, James Herriot is your favorite writer, isn’t he?

You’re telling me, Diane.  I love his short pooch stories.

 

All Creatures Great And Small

Documentary Part 1

All Creatures Great And Small

Documentary Part 2

All Creatures Great And Small

Documentary Part 3

All Creatures Great & Small

Set Visit 1985

World of James Herriot

 

Oh, Kato, you’re an enthusiastic fan of James Herriot, aren’t you?

Yes, I am.

Miss Stubbs and James Herriot believed in God, but you don’t believe in God, do you?

Diane, you aren’t self-centered nor self-righteous, are you?

No, I’m not self-centered nor self-righteous.

I thought you were open-minded.

Yes, I’m still open-minded.

Yet you’re still asking me such a mind-crashing question, aren’t you?

Kato, you’re over-reacting.

Then why don’t you ask me to take a forest-bathing, instead of asking me about God?


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Oh, that’s another thing I’m worried about you, Kato.  Don’t confine yourself in the library.  Instead, take a stroll in Stanley Park and enjoy forest-bathing.

Diane, focus on the matter in hand.  We’re talking about God.

So, Kato, you believe in God or what?

To tell you the truth, Diane, I believe in Providence.

Oh, do you?  But what do you mean by Providence?

Last night I watched the stars in the sky.

Oh, did you?  What happened?

Nothing seemed to happen.  Everything was so quiet and still, but I knew that a traffic cop is working in the whole universe.

Who on Earth is the traffic cop you’re talking about?

That traffic cop is Providence.

Kato, I don’t understand what you’re talking about.

You see, Diane, most of us were sleeping in the middle of night.  Nobody seems to suspect that we are actually moving faster than the fastest vehicle on Earth.

World’s Fastest Car 439Km/h!

Are you saying the earth is moving faster than the above car?

Yes, I am.

You must be kidding!

Earth Rotation & Revolution

around a moving Sun

You know what, Diane? … The Earth is travelling around the Sun at a speed of 29.78 km/s—that is, 107,200 km/h!

No kidding! … 107,200 km per hour?  That’s 244 times as fast as the fastest car on Earth.

That’s right!

So what’s got to do with Providence?

You see, Diane, the Earth travels at a speed of 107,200 km/h!  Yet no traffic accidents have taken place in the universe since the human beings appeared on Earth, where there are so many traffic deaths everyday.

So, you’re saying, there must be a traffic cop in the universe, and this cop is Providence.

You’re telling me, Diane.


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Well…, what do you think about a traffic cop in the universe?

Do you believe in this traffic cop?

Here is an interesting clip.

Earth Orbit

Do you know that the Earth is rotating at about 2.9 miles (4.64 Km) per second?

The Earth is also travelling around the Sun at a speed of 29.78 km/s—that is, 107,200 km/h!

The Sun is travelling around the Milky Way galaxy at a speed of about 142.9 miles (228.6 Km) per second.

And the Milky Way galaxy (and thus the Sun and the Earth) is travelling—relative to other galaxies—at a speed of about 3,728.23 miles (5,965.23 Km) per second.

Amazing, isn’t it?

In any case, I expect Kato will write another interesting article soon.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!

Bye bye …


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following articles:


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Life or Death

Way to Millionaire

Adele Hugo

Middle Sexes

Romance@Madison

Hacksaw Ridge

Eight the Dog

Halloween@Shibuya

Chef Babette


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Ramen Boom

from Korea

Omakase@Sushi

Crocodile Meat

Killer Floods

Climate of Doubt

Glory of Death

Big Mystery

Hitler and Trump

Hot October

2018 BC Ballot

Bach Collegium Japan

Dolly the Sheep

Golden Shower

Cleopatra

Strange Love

Quartet

Unknown Tragedy

World War B.C.

Mystery of Dimension

Call Girl Mystery

Typhoon & Emperor

Popes@Spotlight

Fireflies

Richard III

Savage vs. Civilized

Submerging Island

Adele Hugo

Banana @ Eden


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Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies.

As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.


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『Actual List』


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Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001st movie.

You might just as well want to view it.


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The stories in “the Arabian Nights” were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.

The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.

In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.

What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.

The stories proceed from this original tale.

Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.

Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.


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レンゲさんのお話をまとめて

『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

『愛とロマンのレンゲ物語』


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『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

とにかく、今日も一日楽しく愉快に

ネットサーフィンしましょうね。

じゃあね。


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Banana @ Eden

Banana @ Eden


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Kato, did you dream of eating a banana in the Garden of Eden last night?

No, I didn’t.

Then how come you pasted the above picture? You and Eve seem to have found a lot of bananas in such a romantic dream.

Diane, have you ever heard of a true story in which Adam and Eve ate a banana instead of an apple?

No kidding!

I’m not joking nor jesting.  I’m dead serious!

Kato, are you out of your mind?  All the Christians have been believing for centuries that Adam and Eve ate an apple in the Garden of Eden.  If you say this nonsense, you’re gonna be a laughingstock on the Net.

I know, I know…, but what I’m saying is true.

You must be out of your mind, Kato.  Why don’t you wake up and wash your face again in the ice-cold water?

So, Diane, you don’t believe me, do you?

Nobody believes you, Kato.  What the heck makes you think so?

Actually, I borrowed a translated version of the best-seller called “Banana.”

I see … so you’ve simply gone bananas after reading it, haven’t you?

Well … Diane, at least, you’ve got a good sense of humor … laughx.gif

Kato, do you really believe such a foolish story?

Yes, I do. . . This isn’t a foolish story.  Look at the following catalogue page.

 


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“Actual Library catalogue”

 

I see… so, Kato, you’ve read the Japanese version, haven’t you?

Yes, I have.  The above book is one of the best non-fiction books I’ve ever read in my life.

Do you really mean it, Kato?

Yes, of course, I do.  Why don’t you borrow and read it once the library acquires its English version.

Kato, have you already reserved it?

Oh, yes, I have.  By the way, Diane, do you know who told the world in the first place that Adam and Eve ate an apple in the Garden of Eden?

No, I don’t. . . Who did?

The book says, the first person said the darned thing is Saint Jerome.

 


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This man was born in Dalmatia in 340 AD. Parents were Christians, but he wasn’t interested in Christianity himself.  He went to Rome simply because he wanted to study philosophy and rhetoric.

Then why did he get involved in the Bible?

Good question! … While he studied Greek and devoted himself to the study of classics in Anatolia and Gaul, he got seriously ill around 373, in Antioch.  This illness made him devote his life to the study of theology.  Then he learned Hebrew while living in the desert of Syria, and decided to immerse himself in a project to translate the old Bible into Latin. The book also tells the following story.

 

The Pope ordered Jerome to translate the Bible, and he just did it in Rome.
After this translation, the Bible came to be read by more people.
During the following six centuries, the Bible began to be translated in other languages.

Then, in 1455, Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing machine, which made it possible that the Bible came to be printed in large quantities for the first time.
The Gutenberg Bible was an exact copy of the faithful Latin translation made by Jerome a thousand years ago.

As in English, Latin is a language in which there are homonyms that share the same pronunciation but have different meanings.
When Jerome translated the Hebrew word “fruit of knowledge of good and evil” into Latin, he picked “malum” for it.

According to the biblical archaeologist Shuneia Levin, its meaning is close to “malicious.”
“Malum” can also be translated as “apple” since it is a word derived from the Greek word “melon” that originally means “apple.”

The Renaissance painters who read the Gutenberg Bible interpreted the word to refer to apple, and began to draw an apple, instead of a banana, in a picture of the Garden of Eden.


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“Adam and Eve” by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1526.
He should’ve put bananas, instead of apples.

(translated by Kato)


SOURCE: 23-25ページ 『バナナの世界史』
著者: ダン・コッペル 訳者: 黒川由美
2012年6月3日 第1版第2刷発行
発行所: 株式会社 太田出版
“Banana” by Dan Koeppel

 

But I’m still in doubt.

I can understand your doubt.  Let me ask you this question.

What is it?

Where is the Garden of Eden?

I think it was somewhere in the Middle East.

According to the Book of Genesis, the Garden of Eden was surrounded by four rivers—the Tigris, the Euphrates, the Pishon, and the Gihon. In the early 1980s, using satellite-captured pictures, an archaeologist located the Pison and the Gihon, which are now at the bottom of the Persian Gulf. In the old days, the Garden was climatically well-suited for bananas, but not for apples. Even today, the Middle East is well-known as one of the main producers for bananas, but not apples.

 


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But you can find apples even in the Middle East.

I know, but not many apples.  As a matter of fact, in old days, they couldn’t grow apples in the Middle East.  Only with the modern technology can they grow apples nowadays over there.

I see… Tell me, Kato, who on earth drew an apple in the picture of the Garden of Eden for the first time?

Hugo van der Goes did.

 


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Hugo van der Goes

(Circa 1440 – 1482)

Painter of early Flemish school.
Born in or near Ghent, van der Goes was enlisted as a member of the painters’ guild of Ghent as a master in 1467.
The following year he was involved in the decoration of the town of Bruges in celebration of the marriage between Charles the Bold and Margaret of York.
He provided heraldic decorations for Charles the Bold’s Joyous Entry to Ghent in 1469 and later in 1472.
He was dean of the Guild of Saint Luke in Ghent from 1474 till 1476.


SOURCE: “Hugo van der Goes”
Free encyclopedia “Wikipedia (Wikipedia)”

 

Because van der Gose painted apples in the Garden of Eden, the people who saw his picture came to believe that Adam and Eve ate an apple, instead of a banana.  Since then, almost all the painters drew apples in the picture of “Adam and Eve.”

 



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ADAM AND EVE by Jan (Mabuse) Gossaert (1478-1532)


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Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1533),
the German Renaissance painter.


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ADAM AND EVE by Hans Baldung Grien (1484-1545)


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ADAM AND EVE by Tintoretto (1518-1594)
The Fall of Man, c. 1550
Canvas, 150×220 cm
Galleria dell’Accademia, Venice


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ADAM AND EVE by Hendrik Goltzius (1558-1617)


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ADAM AND EVE by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)


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ADAM AND EVE by Hans Thoma (1839-1924)


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ADAM AND EVE by Maurice Denis (1870-1943)

 

For more than four centuries, the painters have drawn apples in the picture of Adam and Eve.

Then who the heck started to tell the world that Adam and Eve ate a banana, not an apple?

The man in the following picture did.

 


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Who on earth is this man?

You might’ve heard of his name, Diane.  His name is Carl Linne, the naturalist who was born in 1707 and died in 1778.  He is world-famous called the “father of modern taxonomy.”

I think I heard his name in my biology class at high school.  So he started to tell the world that Adam and Eve ate a banana, not an apple, didn’t he?

I do not know whether or not he educated the Pope.  In any case, Linne was a devoted Christian, and believed that it was God’s calling for him to make a perfect inventory on the creation of God.  Moreover, Linne believed the existence of Eden as well as that of bananas.  You can find the following interesting passage in the book.

 

The yellow sweet banana was gaven the scientific name of “Musa sapentium” from the Latin word which means “knowledge” after the tree of wisdom that knows good and evil.
In addition, the green banana (a.k.a “plantain” used as a cooking) was named “Musa paradisiaca,” that is, “banana paradise.”

Genus “Musa” that Linne named comes from the Arabic word “mauz,” which means the banana.
It is understandable because bananas appear in the holy garden depicted in the Koran—the holy scriptures of Islam written in Arabic.

In the Koran, the tree in the forbidden Eden is called “talh,” which is usually translated as “tree in a paradise,” or more directly “banana tree.”

The scriptures of Islam indicates, “The fruit grows abundantly in the shade of luxuriant foliage… and you can see the fruit in all the year round.”
This depiction certainly matches the way bananas grow in the tree.


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(translated by Kato)


SOURCE: 24-26ページ 『バナナの世界史』
著者: ダン・コッペル 訳者: 黒川由美
2012年6月3日 第1版第2刷発行
発行所: 株式会社 太田出版
“Banana” by Dan Koeppel

 

I see… Bananas appear in the Koran, don’t they?

That’s right.  The scriptures of both Islam and Christianity come from the Old Testament.  Diane, look at the following picture of “Adam and Eve” again.

 


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Adam and Eve are hiding their private parts with the fig leaf.

Yes, I can see that.  So what?

Why the fig leaf?  Diane, have you ever wondered how come both of them had to hide with the fig leaf—among all other leaves?

 


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Well … I suppose there was a fig tree nearby, so they happened to pick its leaves.

Take a close look at the fig leaf.  There are some slits in the leaf.  You can see the private parts through the open gaps, can’t you?

That is because you’re so keen to take a close look at those parts. gyaha.gif

I’m not so keen, Diane.  Look!  The private parts are visible through the open gaps.  You see… both ate an apple from the tree, so it is natural for them to pick up leaves from the apple tree.  Don’t you think so?  Yet, they hide their parts with the fig leaf.  It is unnatural, isn’t it?

I see… it would be more natural for them to pick up some leaves from the apple tree—not from the fig tree.

Yes, that’s what I’m talking about.

Maybe, a fig tree happened to grow by the apple tree.

It sounds too contrived.  People wouldn’t believe that, I guess.

Kato, you don’t like fig trees, do you?

Yes, I like those, but as a matter of fact, in the ancient days, a banana was called “fig.”

No kidding!

I’m dead serious.  The above book says that Alexander the Great sent a letter to Aristotle about the discovery of “fig” when he saw bananas in India.

 


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When the Spanish explorers came across bananas in the New World, they recorded those bananas as “the fig.”

But, I can’t still believe that “fig” in old days means “banana.”

Believe me, Diane.  They say, “Those who believe are saved.”

Only the Japanese believe it, I guess.

To tell you the truth, in the ancient Hebrew, a banana was called the “fig.”  Besides, the forbidden fruit is written as the “fig of Eve”—that is, banana of Eve.

I still can’t believe this.

Diane, look at the following picture!

 


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This is a conclusive evidence because a banana leaf is much better than a fig leaf when you hide your private parts.  A fig leaf is not big enough to hide your pussy.

 


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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Well…, what do you think about a fig leaf in front of your private parts?

Now I can see that a banana leaf is much better if you hide your private parts.

Don’t you think so?

Anyway, here is an untold story about the Garden of Eden.

 


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In any case, I expect Kato will write another interesting article soon.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!

Bye bye …


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following articles:


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Life or Death

Way to Millionaire

Adele Hugo

Middle Sexes

Romance@Madison

Hacksaw Ridge

Eight the Dog

Halloween@Shibuya

Chef Babette


(dianesun.jpg)

Ramen Boom

from Korea

Omakase@Sushi

Crocodile Meat

Killer Floods

Climate of Doubt

Glory of Death

Big Mystery

Hitler and Trump

Hot October

2018 BC Ballot

Bach Collegium Japan

Dolly the Sheep

Golden Shower

Cleopatra

Strange Love

Quartet

Unknown Tragedy

World War B.C.

Mystery of Dimension

Call Girl Mystery

Typhoon & Emperor

Popes@Spotlight

Fireflies

Richard III

Savage vs. Civilized

Submerging Island

Adele Hugo


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Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies.

As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.


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『Actual List』


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Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001st movie.

You might just as well want to view it.


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The stories in “the Arabian Nights” were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.

The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.

In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.

What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.

The stories proceed from this original tale.

Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.

Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.


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ところで、愛とロマンに満ちた

レンゲさんのお話をまとめて

『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

『愛とロマンのレンゲ物語』


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『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

とにかく、今日も一日楽しく愉快に

ネットサーフィンしましょうね。

じゃあね。


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Adele Hugo

 

Adele Hugo

 


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Kato, who is Adele Hugo?


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Diane, have you ever heard of Victor Hugo?

Yes, of course I have… He is one of the world-famous French writers, isn’t he?

So, you know about him, don’t you?… Actually, I’ve written an article about him and his famous novel.


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『パリの日本人』(A Japanese in Paris)

It is written in Japanese… So, unfortunately, you cannot read it… Anyway, in the above article I talked about his famous novel—“The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”  Diane, have you read the novel?

Yes, I read it a long time ago.

By the way, Diane, have you watched the following movie?

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Trailer (1939)


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No, I haven’t, but I viewed the following musical:


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So, Diane, you like musicals, eh?

Yes, I do… Talking about Victor Hugo, is he famous even in Japan?

Oh, yes!  When I was a kid, I read a story about the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean.


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Did you like it?

I didn’t like it too much, but one scene was clearly implanted into my mind.

What kind of scene is that?

Well… Valjean, using the alias Monsieur Madeleine, has become a wealthy factory owner and is appointed mayor of a certain town. Walking down the street, he sees a man named Fauchelevent pinned under the wheels of a cart. When no one volunteers to lift the cart, even for pay, he decides to rescue Fauchelevent himself. He crawls underneath the cart, manages to lift it, and frees him.


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The town’s police inspector, Inspector Javert, who was an adjutant guard at the Bagne of Toulon during Valjean’s incarceration, becomes suspicious of the mayor after witnessing this remarkable feat of strength. He has known only one other man, a convict named Jean Valjean, who could accomplish it.


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How old were you when you read it for the first time.

I was ten or eleven years old, I suppose.

So, you were an avid reader, eh?

No, not really… in those days, the story of Jean Valjean was quite popular among the children of my age… so, naturally it interested me to a great extent.

Kato, have you watched the movie lately?

Not recently, but I watched it a few years ago.


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“Actual Page”

So, you watched it on April 8, 2016, huh? … How did you like it?


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I wasn’t impressed so much as I read the original story.

Talkng about Adele Hugo, is she related to Victor Hugo?

Yes, of course, she is the youndest daughter of Victor Hugo.

Adèle Hugo


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(28 July 1830 – 21 April 1915)

 

Adèle Hugo was the fifth and youngest child of French writer Victor Hugo.
She is remembered for developing schizophrenia as a young woman, which led to a romantic obsession with a British military officer who rejected her.
Her story has been retold in film and books, such as “The Story of Adele H.

Childhood

Adèle Hugo was raised in a cultured, affluent home in Paris, the youngest child of Adèle (née Foucher) and Victor Hugo, France’s most famous writer.


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Adèle Foucher

Adèle enjoyed playing the piano, and was known for her beauty and long dark hair.
She sat for portraits by several well-known Parisian artists.

In 1851, the Hugo family moved to the island of Jersey, after Victor Hugo was forced into political exile.
The family remained on the Channel Islands until 1870.
It was in Jersey that Adèle met Albert Pinson, the object of her obsession.

Illness and pursuit of Albert Pinson

Signs of mental illness became apparent in Adèle in 1856.
Adèle became romantically involved with a British army officer, Albert Pinson.

Pinson proposed marriage to Adèle in 1855, but she rejected the proposal.
Adèle had a change of heart, wanting to reconcile with Pinson, but he refused to be involved any further with Adèle.
Pinson continued his military career, being sent to the Sixteenth Foot Regiment in Bedfordshire in 1856, where he seldom saw Adèle.
Pinson then went to Ireland in 1858, upon promotion to lieutenant, where he was stationed until 1861.

Despite Pinson’s rejection, she continued pursuing him.
Pinson developed a reputation for living a “life of debauchery”.

Adèle followed him when he was stationed to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1863.
Adèle’s family worried for her well-being, and tried to track her whereabouts by letters.

In 1866, Pinson was stationed to Barbados, the British colonial centre in the Caribbean region.
He completely abandoned Adèle when he left Barbados in 1869.
Adèle did not find her way back to France until 1872, and in the interim, the Hugo family was unable to track her activities.

The mystery of Adèle’s life in Barbados may have been revealed in an anonymous letter to the editor—signed only “P”—published in the New-York Tribune on May 27, 1885.
The head of the Catholic mission in Trinidad, Cathonoy, gave a similar account of Adèle’s wretched situation in Barbados in a letter dated September 8, 1885.
He relates an incident where he met a Barbadian woman of African descent, named Madame Céline Alvarez Baa, who requested that a mass be said for Victor Hugo after news of the author’s death.
Curious to know the reason for Madame Baa’s interest in Victor Hugo, Cathonoy asked questions, and learned that Madame Baa had given Adèle shelter when she was abandoned on Barbados, where she was known as “Madame Pinson”.

Adèle had been found wandering the streets, talking to herself, detached from her surroundings.
Madame Baa took the initiative to take Adèle to her family in Paris.
Adèle was then left in medical care.
A grateful Victor Hugo reimbursed Madame Baa for her expenses.

Erotomania

Adèle’s obsession was a manifestation of erotomania.
Along with her other symptoms of mental illness, including hallucinations, Adèle’s condition indicates schizophrenia.

The illness appeared in other members of the Hugo family.
Victor Hugo’s brother Eugène was also schizophrenic.

She was ultimately sent to live in a mental institution for the affluent outside Paris.
She remained there until her death.
Out of Victor Hugo’s five children, Adele was the only one who outlived him.

Much of what is known about Adèle’s life and her pursuit of Pinson comes from her diaries and letters.
Adèle kept a journal while she lived on Jersey and Guernsey, which she titled Journal de l’Exil (Diary of the Exile).
She stopped keeping a diary by the time she landed in Barbados, due to her mental deterioration.


SOURCES: “Adèle Hugo”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

How come you picked up Adele Hugo all of a sudden?

Well. . . I viewed the film: “The Story of Adele H.” a few years ago.



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“Actual List”

So you’d watched 1,636 movies by May 2017, hadn’t you?

Yes, I had.

So, Kato, you’re a flick maniac, huh?

You’re telling me… Look at Number 1624 in the above list.

So you watched “The Story of Adele H” on May 1, 2017, huh?… How did you like it?

I loved viewing it, which is a quite amazing movie.


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Kato’s Comment

 

This is a 1975 French historical docudrama directed by François Truffaut, based on Adèle Hugo’s diaries.

It shows the life of Adèle Hugo, the daughter of world-famous Victor Hugo, whose obsessive unrequited love for a military officer leads to her downfall and insanity.


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Her father places her in an asylum in Saint-Mandé, where she lives for the next forty years.

She gardens, plays the piano and writes in her journal.

Adèle Hugo died in Paris in 1915 at the age of 85.

Although it is an heartbreaking drama, the film almost appears like a dramedy when Adèle views the show of a greedy hypnotizer.

At the time I laughed my head off to death.

Superb is the performance of 20-year-old Isabelle Adjani as Adèle Hugo.

Did you really laugh your head off to death?

Well… of course, I exaggerated a bit, but the scene appeared quite hilarious… You should view the movie.

I think I’m gonna book the DVD.

You’d better hurry… Four people are still waiting…


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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Well…, have you ever watched the movie of the Jean Valjean story?

If you speak Japanese, there is a Japanese version.

Here it is.

The following movie was made in 1950.


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Jean Valjean is played by Sessue Hayakawa (早川 雪洲 1889-1973) who starred in Japanese, American, French, German, and British films.

Hayakawa was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood during the silent era of the 1910s and 1920s.

He was the first actor of Asian descent to find stardom as a leading man in the United States and Europe.


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His broodingly handsome good looks and typecasting as a sexually dominant villain made him a heartthrob among American women during a time of racial discrimination, and he became one of the first male sex symbols of Hollywood.

During those years, Hayakawa was as well-known and popular as Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks, although today his name is largely unknown to the public.

In any case, I expect Kato will write another interesting article soon.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!

Bye bye …


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


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Life or Death

Way to Millionaire

Adele Hugo

Middle Sexes

Romance@Madison

Hacksaw Ridge

Eight the Dog

Halloween@Shibuya

Chef Babette


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Ramen Boom

from Korea

Omakase@Sushi

Crocodile Meat

Killer Floods

Climate of Doubt

Glory of Death

Big Mystery

Hitler and Trump

Hot October

2018 BC Ballot

Bach Collegium Japan

Dolly the Sheep

Golden Shower

Cleopatra

Strange Love

Quartet

Unknown Tragedy

World War B.C.

Mystery of Dimension

Call Girl Mystery

Typhoon & Emperor

Popes@Spotlight

Fireflies

Richard III

Savage vs. Civilized

Submerging Island


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Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies.

As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.


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『Actual List』


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Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001th movie.

You might just as well want to view it.


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The stories in “the Arabian Nights” were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.

The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.

In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.

What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.

The stories proceed from this original tale.

Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.

Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.


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ところで、愛とロマンに満ちた

レンゲさんのお話をまとめて

『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

『愛とロマンのレンゲ物語』


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『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

とにかく、今日も一日楽しく愉快に

ネットサーフィンしましょうね。

じゃあね。


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Submerging Island

 

Submerging Island

 


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Kato… are you talking about climate change and global warming?


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Oh yes, I am… Diane, how come you’ve grimaced all of a sudden.

You see, Kato… Quite a few people say, the ice at the North Pole is melting and we’ll be drowned in the near future… I’m sick and tired of hearing such a mambo jumbo.

 


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Well… But if it’s true, what would you say?

Kato, do you really believe such a crap?

Oh yes, I read the following news article in the local town papers:

Antarctica’s ice melt has trippled

in just one decade

If this continue, the planet will be

in big trouble


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By Chris Mooney

The Washington Post

Wed., June 13, 2018

 

Antarctica’s ice sheet is melting at a rapidly increasing rate, now pouring more than 180 billion tonnes of ice into the ocean annually and raising sea levels a half-millimetre every year, a team of 80 scientists reported Wednesday.

The melt rate has tripled in the past decade, the study concluded.

If the acceleration continues, some of scientists’ worst fears about rising oceans could be realized, leaving low-lying cities and communities with less time to prepare than they had hoped.

The result also reinforces that nations have a short window — perhaps no more than a decade — to cut greenhouse-gas emissions if they hope to avert some of the worst consequences of climate change.

Antarctica, the planet’s largest ice sheet, lost 199 billion tonnes of ice annually from 2012 through 2017 — approximately triple the 66 billion-tonne melt rate of a decade ago, the scientists concluded.

From 1992 through 1997, Antarctica lost 44 billion tonnes of ice annually.

But, Kato, the above article is about the South Pole, isn’t it?

Oh yes, however, the situation is the same… At both Poles, the ice is melting.

You know, Kato, you don’t worry about climate change too much.

Why is that?

‘Cause climate change is a change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of time—decades to millions of years… That is, without human activites, climate has changed up and down since the birth of the globe.

Yes, I know, there have been at least five major ice ages in the Earth’s history.  Outside these ages, the Earth seems to have been ice free even in high latitudes.

So, regardless of our activities, climate has changed up and down in terms of temperature.

You’re absolutely right on, Diane.  By the way, I watched the following documentary at Vancouver Public Library.


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  My Comment

 

This is a 101-minute documentary directed by Jon Shenk in 2011 about world climate change.

The film focuses on the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference, commonly known as the Copenhagen Summit, which was held at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, between 7 and 18 December 2009.

This conference marked the first time in history that China, India, and the United States agreed to reduce carbon emissions.

The agreement, however, is NOT legally binding and does NOT contain any legally binding commitments for reducing carbon emissions.

Although the safe level is below 350, the atmospheric carbon emissions continued to rise from 387 to 390 parts per million in the following year.

In February 2012, Mohamed Nasheed resigned the presidency under the threat of violence in a coup d’état perpetrated by security forces loyal to the former dictator.

“It is going to be very difficult,” said Mohamed Nasheed, “for us to adapt to climate change issues if we do not have a solid and secure democratic governance.”


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It is a profoundly eye-opening documentary.

You viewed the above film on April 15, 2017, didn’t you?

Yes, I did… You see, the conference at Copenhagen marked the first time in history that China, India, and the United States agreed to reduce carbon emissions… That is, they admitted that carbon emissions cause global warming.

I know, but some people don’t agree on that.

You’re telling me… Incidentally, I also watched the following documentary:


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Originally broadcast on October 23, 2012 as a FRONTLINE TV program, this 55-minute documentary delves into the climate change.

Obviously many politicians and lobbyists redifine the policies of global warming.

Why?

Conspiracy?

It involves denial, dismissal, or unwarranted doubt that contradicts the scientific opinion on climate change.

Some people seem to promote climate change skepticism.

Why?

If you’re interested in climate change, this is a must-see.


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As I jotted down in the above, some people seem to promote climate change skepticism.

Well…, Look at the top comment, which says, “The doomsayers cannot explain the medieval warming period, nor can they explain the prolonged mini ice age of the 17th and 18th centuries. Climate change is an enormously complex scientific puzzle, and the computer models that predict armageddon are only as accurate as the assumptions of those who programmed them.”

It might be true, but 98% of renowned scientists agree that carbon emissions cause today’s global warming… If you’re in doubt, watch the following documentary:


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  My Comment

 

Directed by Ruth Chao in 2014, this 55-minute documentary delves into the climate change and global warming.

In the period from 1880 to 2012, the global average (land and ocean) surface temperature has increased by 0.85°C while in the period from 1906 to 2005, Earth’s average surface temperature rose by 0.74±0.18°C.

The rate of warming almost doubled in the last half of that period.

Climate proxies show the temperature to have been relatively stable over the one or two thousand years before 1850.

Recently, however, the warming evident in the instrumental temperature record is consistent with a wide range of observations, as documented by many independent scientific groups.

Those observations include sea level rise, widespread melting of snow and land ice, increased heat content of the oceans, increased humidity, and the earlier timing of both spring events and the flowering of plants.

The probability that these changes could have occurred by chance is virtually zero.

That is, these changes are induced by human activities.

It is an alarming and thought-provoking documentary.


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So, Kato, you definitely believe, global warming is induced by human activities.

Oh yes, you’re telling me… If you’re still in doubt, you should also watch the following film:


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Originally broadcast as an episode of the series “NOVA” on the PBS, this 54-minute documentary delves into the silent killer in the oceans.

We’ve known for years that oceans absorb a quarter of the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.

If carbon dioxide enters the sea at an alarming rate like today, it raises the oceans’ acidity and hence increases the srength of the silent killer.

As a result, some of marine creatures are dying.

Yes, this silent killer has something to do with global warming and our carbon emissions.

It is an informative and alarming documentary you should watch if you would like to survive.


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So, Kato, you believe that carbon emissions also kill marine creatures in addition to causing global warming, huh?

Yes, I do… Diane, are you still in doubt?

Well…, I don’t know.

Here’s a Japanese old saying: 天災は忘れた頃にやって来る.

What does that mean?

It means: Disaster strikes when you least expect it.

 


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Kato, do you really mean that the melting ice causes a mega flood in Vancouver?

Well…, God only knows.


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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Wow!…

Do you agree that carbon emissions also kill marine creatures in addition to causing global warming?

Certain scientists say, this is the truth.

If you’re in doubt, watch the above clips, again.

 

In any case, a disaster hits you when you’re least prepared for it.

I see some reason in the above saying, but my immediate inclination is for some food ‘cause I’m hungry.

Now I desperately want to eat Taiyaki.


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Taiyaki (literally “baked sea bream”) is a Japanese fish-shaped cake.

It imitates the shape of Tai (Japanese Red seabream).

It is also the origin of the name.

The most common filling is red bean paste that is made from sweetened azuki beans.

Other common fillings may be custard, chocolate, cheese, or sweet potato.

Some shops even sell taiyaki with okonomiyaki, gyoza filling, or a sausage inside.

Taiyaki is believed to have originated in Tokyo during the Meiji era, and can now be found all over Japan, especially at food courts of supermarkets and at Japanese festivals.

In any road, I expect Kato will write another interesting article soon.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!

Bye bye …


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


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Life or Death

Way to Millionaire

Adele Hugo

Middle Sexes

Romance@Madison

Hacksaw Ridge

Eight the Dog

Halloween@Shibuya

Chef Babette


(dianesun.jpg)

Ramen Boom

from Korea

Omakase@Sushi

Crocodile Meat

Killer Floods

Climate of Doubt

Glory of Death

Big Mystery

Hitler and Trump

Hot October

2018 BC Ballot

Bach Collegium Japan

Dolly the Sheep

Golden Shower

Cleopatra

Strange Love

Quartet

Unknown Tragedy

World War B.C.

Mystery of Dimension

Call Girl Mystery

Typhoon & Emperor

Popes@Spotlight

Fireflies

Richard III

Savage vs. Civilized


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Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies.

As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.


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『Actual List』


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Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001th movie.

You might just as well want to view it.


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The stories in “the Arabian Nights” were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.

The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.

In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.

What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.

The stories proceed from this original tale.

Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.

Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.


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ところで、愛とロマンに満ちた

レンゲさんのお話をまとめて

『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

『愛とロマンのレンゲ物語』


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『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

とにかく、今日も一日楽しく愉快に

ネットサーフィンしましょうね。

じゃあね。


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Savage vs. Civilized

 

Savage vs. Civilized

 


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Kato. . . Why do you suddenly bring up Savage vs. Civilized?


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I was surfing the net and came across the next article. . .

 


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Thursday 27 October 2016 11:30 by Hani Richter

 

A religion that worships aircraft was started by a group of people who saw their first plane fly over Vanuatu, a remote island in the South Pacific of Australia, during the Second World War.

After the planes delivered food and supplies to the islanders, the group began to believe that cargo would be brought to them by a Messiah.

Consequently, whenever they saw a plane fly overhead they would build a replica – in the hope of more bounty.

The islanders did not know where the objects were coming from; which led them to believe that the objects derived from magic.

The religion was first discovered in 1946 by Australian government patrols, and there are a few but diverse number of cargo religions left.

Notably, one of the cargo sects is referred to as the John Frum movement because they believe Frum, a seemingly fictional First World War serviceman, is the Messiah sent from God.

Dr Richard Feynman, an astrophysicist, described the cult in a 1974 paper, he said: “During the war the [cargo religion] saw airplanes land with lots of good materials, and they want the same thing to happen now.

So they’ve arranged to imitate things like runways, to put fires along the sides of the runways, to make a wooden hut for a man to sit in, with two wooden pieces on his head like headphones and bars of bamboo sticking out like antennas — he’s the controller — and they wait for the airplanes to land.

“They’re doing everything right. The form is perfect. It looks exactly the way it looked before. But it doesn’t work. No airplanes land. So I call these things cargo cult science, because they follow all the apparent precepts and forms of scientific investigation, but they’re missing something essential, because the planes don’t land.”

Ian Haworth, an expert in cult psychology, told indy100: “There are five characteristics that make up a cult. A cult is a group using forced techniques of cohesion using psychology and other forms.

“I would suggest that doesn’t sound like a cult, that’s not a cult in our definition. They have adopted a system of worship.”

Haworth suggests that the the group are “more a sect and not a cult”.

He added: “Sects are found in all religions. However, cults have a pyramid structure with an authoritative figure at the top.”


SOURCE: From “INDY100”
       (October 27, 2016)

 


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Mankind has already flown rockets and went to the moon, but there are still savages on earth that believe that air planes will come by magic. . .

In other words, Kato, were you surprised at that?

Well. . . yes and no. . . Actually, I saw such savages in a movie while I lived in Japan quite a while ago. . .

Which movie?

The following movie. . .

 


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Tales of the Bizarre:

Rites, Rituals and Superstitions

 

“A Dog’s World” or “Mondo Cane (meaning Doggish World, which is a mild Italian profanity)” is a 1962 Italian mondo documentary film written and directed by Paolo Cavara, Franco Prosperi and Gualtiero Jacopetti.

It is also known in the United States as “Tales of the Bizarre: Rites, Rituals and Superstitions”.

The film consists of a series of travelogue scenes that provide glimpses into cultural practices around the world with the intention to shock or surprise Western film audiences.

These scenes are presented with little continuity, as they are intended as a kaleidoscopic display of shocking content rather than presenting a structured argument.

Despite its claims of genuine documentation, certain scenes are either staged or creatively manipulated to enhance this effect.

The film was an international box-office success and inspired an entire genre of mondo films in the form of exploitation documentaries, many of which also include the word “Mondo” (meaning “World”) in their title.


Source: “Mondo Cane”
Free encyclopedia Wikipedia

 

Is it really a documentary?

It is supposedly a documentary, but as the above article tells, certain scenes are either staged or creatively manipulated to enhance surprise-effect.

Kato, how come you bring up Savage vs. Civilized in the first place?

Well. . . I was intereted in cargo religion. . . When I viewed the above film for the first time in my high school days, I was utterly shocked, but later I learned some “staging” and “manipulation” in the film. . . So I thought cargo religion was staged.

You didn’t believe in cargo religion, huh?

No, I didn’t. . . But I viewed the above YouTube clip and realized that cargo religion is real.

So, you now believe it, dond’t you?

Yes, I do while realizing that savages and civilized people coexist on this planet even in the age of the Internet!

Is that such a big surprise?

Diane, you’ll be flabbergasted if you listen to my story. . .

I’m all ears.

 


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First of all, I wrote the following article the other day. . .

 


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As we have seen in recent genetic studies, we have apparently found that modern people have not evolved from these Neanderthal people.

Then, what kind of people are Neanderthals?

Of course, they are physically robust enough to be incomparable to our Asians.

They had about the same amount of brain as we did.

In terms of quantity alone, some Neanderthal people have found more brain than we do.

 


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But there was something that was definitely worse than us.

That’s because recent research has shown that they didn’t control their words.

Anatomical examination revealed that their throat structure did not allow them to speak well.

In other words, they didn’t have many words for that reason.

This is a fatal flaw when they took a collective action such as a war.

Failure to communicate effectively means that strategies and plots cannot be used effectively.

It’s like a small Asian who has won out against a physically strong Neanderthal by practicing an ancient war strategy called “Rikutou (六韜)”.

In doing so our ancestors robbed their land and survived the ice ages.

Perhaps, from the perspective of the Neanderthals who had lost their lives and became extinct, our Homo sapiens seemed quite sly.


SOURCE: “Pathetic Neanderthals”
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I see. . . some 30,000 years ago, Neanderthals and our ancestors, Homo sapiens, coexisted, just as savages and civilized humans like us coexist now. . .

That’s right. . . Unfortunately, Neanderthals have difficulty in communication because they couldn’t speak very well.

Due to lack of effective communication, Neanderthals lost their survival chances, huh?

Yes, they did.

Is there any connection between the above story and “cargo religion“?

Yes, there is some relationship. . . Please read the following conversation.

 

The Mediterranean is said to have dried up five to six million years ago .


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How come. . . ?

Look at the following map.

 


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“Zoom In”

 

There is a small volcanic island called “Santorini” north of Crete.

 


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Oh. . . you make me feel nostalgic. . .

June, you feel nostalgic, eh? . . . Well . . . I’d say, it’s a romance of Malta. . .

This Santorini island has something to do with the romance of Malta?

Yes, it has. . . This Santorini is the legendary Atlantis!

No kidding!

Well. . . There are quite a few people who think so.

 

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Do you also consider Santorini as the legendary Atlantis?

Well. . . You don’t have to force Santorini to connect with the legendary Atlantis. . . I think “Atlantis” actually existed, but I don’t think it existed in the Atlantic Ocean as the legend says, but on the bottom of the Mediterranean. . . You see, the Mediterranean has dried up several times. . . I suppose, there was once a highly developed civilization at the bottom of the Mediterranean.

 


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“Atlantis” at the bottom

of the Mediterranean Sea

 

Eventually, the glaciers began to melt and the Atlantic waters rose, and over the closed Strait of Gibraltar, the water flowed like a waterfall.

 


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The flood attacked the Atlantis residents.

 


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And now, the remains of “Atlantis” are at the bottom of the Mediterranean.

 

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Among the descendants of these survivors, one group moved to the island of Malta and built the megalithic civilization, the other went to Crete and created the Minoan civilization, and yet another group went to Egypt and built the pyramids.. . This is my “Romance of Malta”.


SOURCE: “The Romance of Malta”
      (September 17, 2016)

 

It sounds quite interesting, but it’s a hypothesis, isn’t it?

Yes, it is. . . If you explore the bottom of the Mediterranean, however, you’ll find archeological remains. . .

Why don’t you explore the bottom of the Mediterranean with a submarine!

I can’t do that because I’m claustrophobic. . . If I got into a submarine, I would die by shock. . . In any case, there is evidence that there was a highly developed civilization. . .

 

 


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Our own culture, if we assume a starting point of 4000 B.C., has progressed from primitive agriculture and herding to nuclear fission in only 6,000 years.

(The earliest fossils of anatomically modern humans are from the Middle Paleolithic, about 200,000 years ago such as the Omo remains of Ethiopia.)

Considering the age of mankind, there has been ample time for other cultures to have arrived at a level roughly corresponding to ours.

A re-examination of some of the ancient records that have come down to us might give some indication of mankind having previously attained our present aptitude for destruction.

While there are hints of great blastings of the earth’s surface in the Bible (Sodom and Gomorrah), the Greek myths, and many of the legends of the Indians of North and South America, it is in the ancient records of India, copied and recopied from prehistoric antiquity, that we find, described in considerable detail, the use and effect of what closely resembles atomic explosions in warfare.

(pp. 223-224)


In the course of an exploratory digging in southern Iraq in 1947, layers of culture were successively cored into what one might call an archaeological mine shaft.

Starting from the present ground level, the excavation passed the ancient city culture levels of Babylonia, Chaldea, and Sumeria, with flood levels between different ages of city culture, then the first village levels, then a level corresponding to that of primitive farmers at a time era of 6000 to 7000 BC, and below that, indications of a herdsman culture, and finally a time era was reached corresponding to the Magdalenian or cave culture of about 16,000 years ago.

Still farther down, at the bottom of all levels, a floor of fused glass was revealed, similar to nothing else except the desert floor in New Mexico after the blasts which inaugurated our present atomic era.

(pp. 229-230)

 

 

SOURCE:”Bermuda Triangle” By Charles Berlitz
published by Avon Books in 1974

 

In other words, a nuclear explosion occurred in southern Iraq a long time ago, didn’t it?

That’s right. . . The ancient Iraqi civilization of the same generation as the Atlantis was destroyed during this nuclear war. . .

After that, are you saying, our ancestors who lived in the cave came out, and built Mesopotamian civilization?

Yes, I am. . . Our ancestors living in the cave coexisted with the people of the Atlantis civilization before the nuclear war, just as we coexist with savages who now believe in the “cargo religion“. . .


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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Are you interested in the lost city of Atlantis?

You must be intereted in this mystery.

Here’s the YouTube clip about it.

 


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What do you think about the above movie?

You don’t really believe in Atlantis, do you?

Well… here’s a mood-changing clip just for you.

Gess what?… You can now laught to your last tears.

 


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  Mr. Mathane

 

In any road, I expect Kato will write another interesting article soon.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!

Bye bye …


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


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“JAGEL”

“JAGEL Again”

“Say NO!”

Happy Gal in Canada

Roof of Vancouver

Aftershock

Whiplash

Sex Appeal

Better Off Without Senate

Fire Festival

Sweets@Paris

Scary Quake

MH370 Mystery

Putin’s Way

Trump @ Vancouver

Otter & Trump


(juneswim.jpg)

Changeling

Fiddler on the Roof

Flesh and Bone

Maiden’s Prayer

Romeo & Juliet

Trump @ Joke

Halloween in Shibuya

Trump Shock

Happy New Year!


(biker302.jpg)

Life or Death

Way to Millionaire

Adele Hugo

Middle Sexes

Romance@Madison

Hacksaw Ridge

Eight the Dog

Halloween@Shibuya

Chef Babette


(dianesun.jpg)

Ramen Boom

from Korea

Omakase@Sushi

Crocodile Meat

Killer Floods

Climate of Doubt

Glory of Death

Big Mystery

Hitler and Trump

Hot October

2018 BC Ballot

Bach Collegium Japan

Dolly the Sheep

Golden Shower

Cleopatra

Strange Love

Quartet

Unknown Tragedy

World War B.C.

Mystery of Dimension

Call Girl Mystery

Typhoon & Emperor

Popes@Spotlight

Fireflies

Richard III


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Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies.

As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.


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『Actual List』


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Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001th movie.

You might just as well want to view it.


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The stories in “the Arabian Nights” were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.

The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.

In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.

What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.

The stories proceed from this original tale.

Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.

Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.


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ところで、愛とロマンに満ちた

レンゲさんのお話をまとめて

『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

『愛とロマンのレンゲ物語』


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『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

とにかく、今日も一日楽しく愉快に

ネットサーフィンしましょうね。

じゃあね。


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Richard III

 

Richard III

 


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Kato. . . Why do you pick up Richard III?


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Actually, I rented a DVD at Vancouver Public Library and watched the following documentary. . .

 


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“Zoom In”

“Actual page”

 

 

Are you interested in the history of England during the medieval period?

I’m not particularly interested in the Middle Ages of England. . . However, I pick up Richard III today because I find a grammatically wrong sentence in the cover of the said DVD. . . Please have a look at the following sentence. . .

 


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In 2001, a group of archaeologists made an incredible find:Buried beneath a parking lot they uncovered the bones of King III, hunchbacked, with an arrow through the spine.

Richard is considered by many as the most evil king to have ruled England.

He is also renowned as a fearsome warrior, despite the extreme curvature of his spine.

Now, scientists are testing the bones to learn and training a “body double” in medieval battlefield techniques to determine

whether Richard could have fought so ferociously with such a severe deformity.


The back of the DVD (Branch Call Number:942.046 R43s)

Don’t you think the above sentence in red is grammatically wrong?

What’s wrong with the above sentence?

Well, when I studied English grammar in high school, my teacher taught me that such a “past participle clause” is a typical mistake. . .

 


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Buried beneath a parking lot,

the archaeologists uncovered the bones

of King III, hunchbacked,

with an arrow through the spine.

 

Is there a grammatical error in the above sentence?

So, Diane, you think the above sentence has nothing wrong, don’t you?

I don’t think it’s particularly wrong. . .

Well, the part in red above is called “past participle clause”. . . For example, the correct usage is as follows. . .

 


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Used efficiently,

the PC’s battery will last longer.

 

If you write a full sentence, it will be as follows. . .

 


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If it is used efficiently,

the PC’s battery will last longer.

 

Sure, it sounds alright to me. . .

If I write the above problematic sentence in full, it will be as follows. . .

 


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While the archaeologists (NOT the bones) were

buried beneath a parking lot,

the archaeologists uncovered the bones

of King III, hunchbacked,

with an arrow through the spine.

 

In the above sentence, you see, the archeologists were buried in the parking lot. . . It sounds quite wrong, if not extremely funny. . . The correct sentence shoule be written like this:

 


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Buried beneath a parking lot,

the bones were uncovered by the archaeologists.

 

I see. . . . “Past participles clauses” are rarely used in conversation, so even the native speakers tend to make a mistake. . . Now, I know that both subjects (“bones” in this case) must match, huh?

That’s right. . . In addition, Richard III had an abnormal spine, but it was not a so-called hunchback. . .

 


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The Hunchback of Notre Dame


hunch·back

/ˈhən(t)SHbak/

noun: hunchback; plural noun: hunchbacks

a back deformed by a sharp forward angle, forming a hump, typically caused by collapse of a vertebra.

•dated•offensive

a person with a hunchback.


Definition by GOOGLE

 

In fact, Richard III had severe scoliosis.

 

Richard III

 


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Richard III (2 October 1452 – 22 August 1485) was King of England and Lord of Ireland from 1483 until his death in 1485.
He was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty.
His defeat and death at the Battle of Bosworth Field, the last decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses, marked the end of the Middle Ages in England.
He is the protagonist of Richard III, one of William Shakespeare’s history plays.

When his brother Edward IV died in April 1483, Richard was named Lord Protector of the realm for Edward’s eldest son and successor, the 12-year-old Edward V.
Arrangements were made for Edward’s coronation on 22 June 1483.
Before the king could be crowned, the marriage of his parents was declared bigamous and therefore invalid.

Now officially illegitimate, their children were barred from inheriting the throne.
On 25 June, an assembly of lords and commoners endorsed a declaration to this effect and proclaimed Richard as the rightful king.
He was crowned on 6 July 1483.

The young princes, Edward and his younger brother Richard, Duke of York, were not seen in public after August and accusations circulated that they had been murdered on Richard’s orders.

There were two major rebellions against Richard during his reign.
In October 1483, an unsuccessful revolt was led by staunch allies of Edward IV and Richard’s former ally, Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham.
Then in August 1485, Henry Tudor and his uncle, Jasper Tudor, landed in southern Wales with a contingent of French troops and marched through Pembrokeshire, recruiting soldiers.

Henry’s forces defeated Richard’s army near the Leicestershire town of Market Bosworth.
Richard was slain, making him the last English king to die in battle.
Henry Tudor then ascended the throne as Henry VII.

Richard’s corpse was taken to the nearby town of Leicester and buried without pomp.
His original tomb monument is believed to have been removed during the English Reformation, and his remains were lost, as they were believed to have been thrown into the River Soar.

In 2012, an archaeological excavation was commissioned by the Richard III Society on the site previously occupied by Greyfriars Priory Church.
The University of Leicester identified the skeleton found in the excavation as that of Richard III as a result of radiocarbon dating, comparison with contemporary reports of his appearance, and comparison of his mitochondrial DNA with that of two matrilineal descendants of Richard III’s eldest sister, Anne of York.
He was reburied in Leicester Cathedral on 26 March 2015.

 

Discovery of remains

On 24 August 2012, the University of Leicester and Leicester City Council, in association with the Richard III Society, announced that they had joined forces to begin a search for the remains of King Richard.

The search for Richard III was led by Philippa Langley of the Society’s Looking For Richard Project with the archaeological work led by University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS).

Experts set out to locate the lost site of the former Greyfriars Church (demolished during Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries), and to discover whether his remains were still interred there.

By comparing fixed points between maps in a historical sequence, the search located the Church of the Grey Friars, where Richard’s body had been hastily buried without pomp in 1485, its foundations identifiable beneath a modern-day city centre car park.

On 5 September 2012, the excavators announced that they had identified Greyfriars church and two days later that they had identified the location of Robert Herrick’s garden, where the memorial to Richard III stood in the early 17th century.
A human skeleton was found beneath the Church’s choir.

Improbably, the excavators found the remains in the first location in which they dug at the car park.
Coincidentally, they lay almost directly under a roughly painted R on the tarmac.
This had existed since the early 2000s to signify a reserved parking space.

On 12 September, it was announced that the skeleton discovered during the search might be that of Richard III.
Several reasons were given: the body was of an adult male; it was buried beneath the choir of the church; and there was severe scoliosis of the spine, possibly making one shoulder higher than the other (to what extent depended on the severity of the condition).

Additionally, there was an object that appeared to be an arrowhead embedded in the spine; and there were perimortem injuries to the skull.
These included a relatively shallow orifice, which is most likely to have been caused by a rondel dagger, and a scooping depression to the skull, inflicted by a bladed weapon, most probably a sword.

Additionally, the bottom of the skull presented a gaping hole, where a halberd had cut away and entered it.
Forensic pathologist Dr Stuart Hamilton stated that this injury would have left the individual’s brain visible, and most certainly would have been the cause of death.
Dr Jo Appleby, the osteo-archaeologist who excavated the skeleton, concurred and described the latter as “a mortal battlefield wound in the back of the skull”.

The base of the skull also presented another fatal wound in which a bladed weapon had been thrust into it, leaving behind a jagged hole.
Closer examination of the interior of the skull revealed a mark opposite this wound, showing that the blade penetrated to a depth of 10.5 centimetres (4.1 in).

In total, the skeleton presented ten wounds: four minor injuries on the top of the skull, one dagger blow on the cheekbone, one cut on the lower jaw, two fatal injuries on the base of the skull, one cut on a rib bone, and one final wound on the pelvis, most probably inflicted after death.
It is generally accepted that postmortem, Richard’s naked body was tied to the back of a horse, with his arms slung over one side and his legs and buttocks over the other.
This presented a tempting target for onlookers, and the angle of the blow on the pelvis suggests that one of them stabbed Richard’s right buttock with substantial force, as the cut extends from the back all the way to the front of the pelvic bone and was most probably an act of humiliation.

It is also possible that Richard suffered other injuries which left no trace on the skeleton.

British historian John Ashdown-Hill had used genealogical research in 2004 to trace matrilineal descendants of Anne of York, Richard’s elder sister.
A British-born woman who emigrated to Canada after the Second World War, Joy Ibsen (née Brown), was found to be a 16th-generation great-niece of the king in the same direct maternal line.
Joy Ibsen’s mitochondrial DNA was tested and belongs to mitochondrial DNA haplogroup J, which by deduction, should also be the mitochondrial DNA haplogroup of Richard III.

Joy Ibsen died in 2008.
Her son Michael Ibsen gave a mouth-swab sample to the research team on 24 August 2012.
His mitochondrial DNA passed down the direct maternal line was compared to samples from the human remains found at the excavation site and used to identify King Richard.

On 4 February 2013, the University of Leicester confirmed that the skeleton was beyond reasonable doubt that of King Richard III.
This conclusion was based on mitochondrial DNA evidence, soil analysis, and dental tests (there were some molars missing as a result of caries), as well as physical characteristics of the skeleton which are highly consistent with contemporary accounts of Richard’s appearance.


Source:”Richard III of England”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

Scoliosis

 


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Scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person’s spine has a sideways curve.

The curve is usually “S”- or “C”-shaped over three dimensions.

In some, the degree of curve is stable, while in others, it increases over time.

Mild scoliosis does not typically cause problems, but severe cases can interfere with breathing.

Typically, no pain is present.

The cause of most cases is unknown, but it is believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Risk factors include other affected family members.

It can also occur due to another condition such as muscles spasms, cerebral palsy, Marfan syndrome, and tumors such as neurofibromatosis.

Diagnosis is confirmed with X-rays.

Scoliosis is typically classified as either structural in which the curve is fixed, or functional in which the underlying spine is normal.

Treatment depends on the degree of curve, location, and cause.

Minor curves may simply be watched periodically.

Treatments may include bracing, specific exercises, and surgery.

The brace must be fitted to the person and used daily until growing stops.

Specific exercises may be used to try to decrease the risk of worsening.

They may be done alone or along with other treatments such as bracing.

Evidence that chiropractic manipulation, dietary supplements, or exercises can prevent the condition from worsening is weak.

However, exercise is still recommended due to its other health benefits.

Scoliosis occurs in about 3% of people.

It most commonly occurs between the ages of 10 and 20.

Females typically are more severely affected than males.

The term is from Ancient Greek: σκολίωσις, romanized: skoliosis which means “a bending”.


Source:”Scoliosis”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

The staff in charge of DVDs at Vancouver Public Library recognized the mistake, and rewrote as follows:. . .

 


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In 2011, a group of amateur historians made an incredible archaeological find:the bones of King Richard III, hunchbacked, with an arrow through the spine.

Now, scientists are testing the bones to find out more about the king and also conducting fascinating experiments to determine whether Richard could have fought so ferociously in battle with such a severe deformity.

 

But hunchbacked remains as before. . .

Nobody is perfect. . . .


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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You might wonder how King Richard III remains were discovered and confirmed.

Here is the answer for you, and take a close look at the following video clip.

 


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Wnat do you think about the above movie?

You don’t like an excavation story, do you?

Well… here’s a mood-changing clip just for you.

Gess what?… You can now laught to the last tears.

 


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  Mr. Mathane

 

In any road, I expect Kato will write another interesting article soon.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!

Bye bye …


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


(cook002.jpg)

“JAGEL”

“JAGEL Again”

“Say NO!”

Happy Gal in Canada

Roof of Vancouver

Aftershock

Whiplash

Sex Appeal

Better Off Without Senate

Fire Festival

Sweets@Paris

Scary Quake

MH370 Mystery

Putin’s Way

Trump @ Vancouver

Otter & Trump


(juneswim.jpg)

Changeling

Fiddler on the Roof

Flesh and Bone

Maiden’s Prayer

Romeo & Juliet

Trump @ Joke

Halloween in Shibuya

Trump Shock

Happy New Year!


(biker302.jpg)

Life or Death

Way to Millionaire

Adele Hugo

Middle Sexes

Romance@Madison

Hacksaw Ridge

Eight the Dog

Halloween@Shibuya

Chef Babette


(dianesun.jpg)

Ramen Boom

from Korea

Omakase@Sushi

Crocodile Meat

Killer Floods

Climate of Doubt

Glory of Death

Big Mystery

Hitler and Trump

Hot October

2018 BC Ballot

Bach Collegium Japan

Dolly the Sheep

Golden Shower

Cleopatra

Strange Love

Quartet

Unknown Tragedy

World War B.C.

Mystery of Dimension

Call Girl Mystery

Typhoon & Emperor

Popes@Spotlight

Fireflies


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(bare02b.gif)

Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies.

As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.


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『Actual List』


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Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001th movie.

You might just as well want to view it.


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The stories in “the Arabian Nights” were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.

The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.

In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.

What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.

The stories proceed from this original tale.

Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.

Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.


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ところで、愛とロマンに満ちた

レンゲさんのお話をまとめて

『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

『愛とロマンのレンゲ物語』


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『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

とにかく、今日も一日楽しく愉快に

ネットサーフィンしましょうね。

じゃあね。


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Fireflies

 

Fireflies

 


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Kato, how come you bring up fireflies in these wintry days? . . .


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Well . . . Good question! . . . I’ve got a long story to answer your question.

Then make it short and tell me about it.

I wrote the following story:

 


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Popes@Spotlight

 

Yes, I know you did.

You viewed “The Two Popes” at the Vancouver International Film Festival, didn’t you?

Yes, I did. . . It is one of the best movies I’ve watched this year.

 


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Is the above film that good?

Oh yes, belive me. . . I swear to God it’s that good.

Actually, I read the following article the other day.

 


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Zoom In

Actual Article

 

As you see, “The Two Popes” was nominated for the 2020 Golden Globe award.

So was “Marriage Story”.

Yes, both films were shown at the VIFF.

 


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Kato, have you watched “The Two Popes” yet?

No, I haven’t. . . As you know, I made a request so that the library would hold the DVD for the movie.

 


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Are you gonna wait till the library gets the DVD?

Yes, I am.

Kato, . . . It will take some time for the library to get one. . . You can watch “The Two Popes” at Vancity Theatre on Seymour Street.

 


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Really? . . . Anyway, I searched the library catalogue for both movies, but I could find none of those movies. . . So, I viewed the following movie.

 


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“ZOOM IN”

“ACTUAL PAGE”

My Comment

December 12, 2019

 

Written and directed by Isao Takahata in 1998 based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical short story of the same name by Akiyuki Nosaka, this animated war film depicts the lives of two siblings, Seita and Setsuko as well as their desperate struggle to survive during the final months of the Second World War.

It turns out a profoundly gripping, haunting and achingly sad anti-war drama.

 

Are you saying that the above movie has something to do with “The Two Popes”?

Oh no. . . I chose it simply because I read the original short story written by Akiyuki Nosaka. . .

I see. . . Is the story well-known in Japan.

Yes, it is. . . Actually, Nosaka won the Naoki Prize for best popular literature for this story and “American Hijiki”, which was published a month before. . . Both short stories along with four others were bundled as a book in 1968.

Then Isao Takahata directed the anime based on the short story, huh?

That’s right. . . The film was released on April 16, 1988, over twenty years from the publication of the original work.

I see. . . How does it go?

It goes like this:

 

Grave of the Fireflies

 


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PLOT

 

On 21 September 1945, shortly after the end of World War II, a teenage boy named Seita dies of starvation in a Kobe train station.
A janitor sorts through his possessions and finds a candy tin, which he throws into a field.

The spirit of Seita’s younger sister, Setsuko, springs
from the tin and is joined by Seita’s spirit and a cloud of fireflies.
They board a train.

Some months earlier, Seita and Setsuko’s house is destroyed in a firebombing along with most of Kobe.
They escape unharmed, but their mother dies from severe burns.

Seita and Setsuko move in with a distant aunt, who convinces Seita to sell his mother’s silk kimonos for rice.
Seita retrieves supplies he buried before the bombing and gives everything to his aunt, save for a tin of Sakuma drops.

As rations shrink and the number of refugees in the house grows, the aunt becomes resentful of the children, saying they do nothing to earn the food she prepares.

Seita and Setsuko leave and move into an abandoned bomb shelter.

 


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They release fireflies into the shelter for light.
The next day, Setsuko is horrified to find that the insects have died.
She buries them in a grave, asking why they and her mother had to die.

As they run out of rice, Seita steals from farmers and loots homes during air raids, for which he is beaten.
When Setsuko falls ill, Seita takes her to a doctor, who explains that she is suffering from malnutrition.

Desperate, Seita withdraws all the money in their mother’s bank account.
As he leaves the bank, he becomes distraught when he learns that Japan has surrendered.
He also learns that his father, a captain in the Imperial Japanese Navy, is most likely dead, as most of Japan’s navy has been sunk.

Seita returns to the shelter with a large quantity of food, but finds Setsuko hallucinating – she assumes that a few marbles she finds are the previously mentioned Sakuma drops, and offers Seita rocks, thinking she had just made rice balls.

Seita hurries to feed her, but she dies as he finishes preparing the food, and she herself falls asleep.

 


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Seita cremates Setsuko’s body and her stuffed doll in a straw casket.

He carries her ashes in the candy tin along with his father’s photograph, and though his death is never explicitly shown again, it can be assumed this is where everything ends for them.

Seita and Setsuko’s deceased spirits arrive at their destination, healthy and happy.
Surrounded by fireflies, the siblings rest on a hilltop bench overlooking the skyline of present-day Kobe.


SOURCE: “Grave of the Fireflies”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

… seems like a sad story.

Yes, it is. . . You might cry if you see it.

Anyway, I’d like to watch the film.

You can see the full movie here.


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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The following clip is a live-action TV drama of “Grave of the Fireflies”, made by NTV in Japan.

It was produced in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Like the anime, the live-action version of “Grave of the Fireflies” focuses on two siblings struggling to survive the final days of the war in Kobe, Japan.

Unlike the animated version, it tells the story from the point of view of their cousin (the aunt’s daughter) and deals with the issue of how the war-time environment could change a kind lady into a hard-hearted woman.

It stars Nanako Matsushima as the aunt, as well as Mao Inoue as their cousin.

 


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Wnat do you think about the above movie?

You don’t like a war-time story, do you?

Well… here’s a mood-changing clip just for you.

Gess what?… You can now laught to the last tears.

 


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  Mr. Mathane

 

In any road, I expect Kato will write another interesting article soon.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!

Bye bye …


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


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“JAGEL”

“JAGEL Again”

“Say NO!”

Happy Gal in Canada

Roof of Vancouver

Aftershock

Whiplash

Sex Appeal

Better Off Without Senate

Fire Festival

Sweets@Paris

Scary Quake

MH370 Mystery

Putin’s Way

Trump @ Vancouver

Otter & Trump


(juneswim.jpg)

Changeling

Fiddler on the Roof

Flesh and Bone

Maiden’s Prayer

Romeo & Juliet

Trump @ Joke

Halloween in Shibuya

Trump Shock

Happy New Year!


(biker302.jpg)

Life or Death

Way to Millionaire

Adele Hugo

Middle Sexes

Romance@Madison

Hacksaw Ridge

Eight the Dog

Halloween@Shibuya

Chef Babette


(dianesun.jpg)

Ramen Boom

from Korea

Omakase@Sushi

Crocodile Meat

Killer Floods

Climate of Doubt

Glory of Death

Big Mystery

Hitler and Trump

Hot October

2018 BC Ballot

Bach Collegium Japan

Dolly the Sheep

Golden Shower

Cleopatra

Strange Love

Quartet

Unknown Tragedy

World War B.C.

Mystery of Dimension

Call Girl Mystery

Typhoon & Emperor

Popes@Spotlight


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Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies.

As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.


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『Actual List』


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Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001th movie.

You might just as well want to view it.


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The stories in “the Arabian Nights” were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.

The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.

In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.

What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.

The stories proceed from this original tale.

Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.

Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.


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レンゲさんのお話をまとめて

『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

『愛とロマンのレンゲ物語』


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『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

とにかく、今日も一日楽しく愉快に

ネットサーフィンしましょうね。

じゃあね。


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Popes@Spotlight

 

Popes@Spotlight

 


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I enjoyed VIFF.

 

From: diane123@vancouver.ca
To: barclay1720@aol.com
DATE: Oct 29, 2019, 11:25 AM

Hi kiddo,

Sure did enjoy the VIFF this year … I always do.

In fact, it seems to me that this was their best year ever for riveting films.

 


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Perhaps I was just lucky enough to choose the ones that appealed to my taste.

My absolute favorites was “The Two Popes” with Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins.

It was showing in NY recently so will probably make it to Vancouver one of these days.

Powerful acting; shot primarily in the Vatican and although a film it also felt like a relevant documentary.

You don’t have to be a Catholic to enjoy this one; the audience gave the loudest and biggest cheers at the close.

Gotta love films; I know you do as well.

In fact you’re the King of Films since you’ve viewed more than 2500 movies so far.

 


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“Zoom IN”

“ACTUAL PAGE”

 

Glad you escaped those terrible typhoons and also glad you’re having a good reunion with your relatives.

Come back safe and sound, and thanks for this.

You’re also the King of Research, I think.

 

Beautiful fall colors have been on display for weeks,

A video of my Outdoor Walking Group was on CTV last week … the idea being this weather brings out the kid in all of us when it comes to playing with the leaves and ooohing and aahhhing.

 


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Ciao for now,

Diane


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So, Diane, you enjoyed VIFF from the bottom of your heart, didn’t you?


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Oh yes, very much so. . . I still believe, VIFF 2019 was their best year ever for riveting films.

You love “The Two Popes” best of all films for the festival, eh?

Yes, I do.

I haven’t seen it yet. . . Tell me about it.

Well . . . It is a docudrama directed by Fernando Meirelles and written by Anthony McCarten, based on McCarten’s 2017 play “The Pope”. . . It stars Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the future Pope Francis.

 


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It is an adaptation from the play, eh?

Yes, it is. . . Anyway, many people love it.

Oh yeah?

Actually, according to Variety, it is an absolute hit at its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival, receiving praise for its humour and the two lead actors’ performances. . . On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 91% based on 33 reviews, with an average of 7.8/10. . . On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 83 out of 100.

I see. . . So what is so good about the movie?

As I said in the email, the performances of the major actors are superb.

I wonder how it goes. . .

Well . . . It is about one of the most dramatic transitions of power in the last 2,000 years.

Oh yeah?

Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict.

Then what happens?

Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Catholic Church.

. . . sound interesting!

Oh yes, it is. . . Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between both tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world.

Diane, I’m not really interested in religious matters, but I understand how come Cardinal Bergoglio wanted to retire in 2012.

Oh do you? . . . Tell me why the cardinal wanted to retire.

Well . . . I viewed “Spotlight” three years ago.

 


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“ZOOM IN”

“ACTUAL PAGE”


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My Comment

November 24, 2016

 

This is a 2015 American docudrama directed by Tom McCarthy.

It shows the story of The Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team—the oldest continuously operating newspaper investigative journalist unit in the United States—and its investigation into cases of widespread and systemic child sex abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests.

It is based on a series of stories by the “Spotlight” team that earned The Globe the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

The film shows engrossingly detailed account of the team’s investigation into the widespread pedophilia scandals and subsequent cover-ups within the Catholic Church.

It is amazing to know that it took so long for those bloody cases to go public.

 

Are you saying that Cardinal Bergoglio wanted to retire after seeing the above movie?

Oh no. . . The above movie was released in 2015. . . The cardinal told the pope in 2012 that he wanted to retire. . . So obviously the cardinal hadn’t seen the above movie when he told the pope his wish to retire.

Then why did he want to retire?

Well . . . Even though he didn’t see the above movie, he must’ve known the widespread pedophilia scandals and subsequent cover-ups within the Catholic Church.

So Cardinal Bergoglio was sick and tired of the scandals and cover-ups, huh?

Yes, that’s the reason, I think, the cardinal wanted to retire.

I doubt.

Diane, there are so many cases reported for sexual abuses by priests. . . See the following for example.

 

Priest sex abuse:

 

New report lists 212 Catholic priests

in Oakland, San Jose, San Francisco dioceses

accused of child sex abuse


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“Zoom IN”

“ACTUAL PAGE”

 

In addition to the newspapers, there are a number of YouTube clips discloseing sex abuse by priests:

 

 

Naturally, Cardinal Bergoglio must’ve known these scandals and was worried about the future of the Catholic Church.

I see. . . I sympathize with the victims. . . In any case, I strongly recommend you view “The Two Popes”.

I’d really love to see it. . . Actually, I’ve just placed a purchase request for the DVD.

 


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So, you’re gonna borrow it as soon as the library gets one.

Yes, I will.


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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Nobody is perfect, but when I heard that a priest raped a nun, I got madly angry.

 


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Wnat do you think about the above incident?

You don’t like sexual scandals, do you?

Well… here’s a mood-changing clip just for you.

Gess what?… You can now laught to the last tears.

 


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  Mr. Mathane

 

In any road, I expect Kato will write another interesting article soon.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!

Bye bye …


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


(cook002.jpg)

“JAGEL”

“JAGEL Again”

“Say NO!”

Happy Gal in Canada

Roof of Vancouver

Aftershock

Whiplash

Sex Appeal

Better Off Without Senate

Fire Festival

Sweets@Paris

Scary Quake

MH370 Mystery

Putin’s Way

Trump @ Vancouver

Otter & Trump


(juneswim.jpg)

Changeling

Fiddler on the Roof

Flesh and Bone

Maiden’s Prayer

Romeo & Juliet

Trump @ Joke

Halloween in Shibuya

Trump Shock

Happy New Year!


(biker302.jpg)

Life or Death

Way to Millionaire

Adele Hugo

Middle Sexes

Romance@Madison

Hacksaw Ridge

Eight the Dog

Halloween@Shibuya

Chef Babette


(dianesun.jpg)

Ramen Boom

from Korea

Omakase@Sushi

Crocodile Meat

Killer Floods

Climate of Doubt

Glory of Death

Big Mystery

Hitler and Trump

Hot October

2018 BC Ballot

Bach Collegium Japan

Dolly the Sheep

Golden Shower

Cleopatra

Strange Love

Quartet

Unknown Tragedy

World War B.C.

Mystery of Dimension

Call Girl Mystery

Typhoon & Emperor


(surfin2.gif)


(bare02b.gif)

Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies.

As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.


(lib81126a.png)

『Actual List』


(june001.gif)

Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001th movie.

You might just as well want to view it.


(1001nite.jpg)

 


(1001nite10.jpg)

 

The stories in “the Arabian Nights” were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.

The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.

In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.

What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.

The stories proceed from this original tale.

Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.

Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.


(bellyan15.gif)

ところで、愛とロマンに満ちた

レンゲさんのお話をまとめて

『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

『愛とロマンのレンゲ物語』


(renge730.jpg)

『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

とにかく、今日も一日楽しく愉快に

ネットサーフィンしましょうね。

じゃあね。


(bikini901b.jpg)


(dogs17.gif)


(girlxx.gif)

Typhoon & Emperor

 

Typhoon & Emperor

 


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Kato. . . You’ve visited Japan at the wrong time, huh?


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You’re telling me, Diane. . . I arrived in Tokyo from Vancouver on October 8. . . Three days later, Typhoon Hagibis made landfaqll at Izu Peninsula.


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Typhoon Hagibis (台風19号)

 

Typhoon Hagibis was a large and powerful tropical cyclone that was considered to be the most devastating typhoon to hit the Kantō region of Japan since Ida in 1958.

Hagibis caused additional impacts to Japan, after Faxai struck the same region one month prior.

The nineteenth named storm and the ninth typhoon of the 2019 Pacific typhoon season, Hagibis developed from a tropical wave located a couple hundred miles north of the Marshall Islands on 2 October.

The system reached tropical storm status late on 5 October as it travelled westward.

Soon afterwards, Hagibis underwent a period of rapid intensification, which brought Hagibis to its peak intensity on 7 October.

After maintaining the peak intensity for about three days, Hagibis began to weaken due to less favorable environment.

On 12 October, Hagibis made landfall at Izu Peninsula as a Category 2–equivalent typhoon.

 


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Hagibis became extratropical on the following day.

Still recovering from the impacts of Faxai, Hagibis caused widespread damage across Japan, particularly in the Kantō region.

As of 20 October 2019, at least 83 people have been confirmed dead and 11 others went missing in Japan.

Early on 12 October, Hagibis triggered a tornado in Ichihara City.

About half an hour before Hagibis made landfall, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake occurred off the coast of Chiba Prefecture, worsening the dangerous condition even more.

 

Shelves in shops around Tokyo were quickly cleared, as people bought supplies ahead of Hagibis making landfall.

Forecasts across eastern, western, and northern Japan called for strong winds and torrential rain that would likely cause flooding and mudslides.

JR Group, Japan Airlines, and All Nippon Airways suspended services.

JMA weather forecaster, Yasushi Kajiwara, said, “It is a level 5 situation; some sort of disaster may have already taken place. People are strongly advised to act to protect their lives right away.”

Evacuation orders have been issued to more than 800,000 households across 11 prefectures.

Over 230,000 people took the advice to head to evacuation shelters.

The typhoon had effects on several major sporting events occurring in Japan.

Three matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup were cancelled due to Hagibis, including the Pool B matches between New Zealand and Italy, and Canada and Namibia, and the Pool C match between England and France.

This marked the first time that matches have been cancelled in the history of the Rugby World Cup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All cancelled matches were counted as draws: the cancelled fixture effectively eliminated Italy from the tournament, as they had a chance to potentially qualify for the knockout stage with a sufficient margin of victory against New Zealand.

On 11 October, it was announced that the Saturday practice session for the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit would be cancelled, and the Saturday qualifying session postponed to Sunday morning prior to the race.

The F4 Japanese Championship cancelled its round at the circuit as well.

Despite the games being played indoors in domed stadiums, Nippon Professional Baseball postponed both Game 4 Climax Series games in the 2019 Pacific League Climax Series and the 2019 Central League Climax Series.

Both games were planned to take place on Saturday, October 12, one in Tokorozawa, Saitama, the other in Bunkyō, Tokyo.

The games were instead played the next day on Sunday, October 13.


Source:“Typhoon Hagibis (2019)”
Free encyclopedia “Wikipedia”

I see. . . As of 20 October 2019, at least 83 people have been confirmed dead, huh?. . .

That’s right. . .

So obviously you’ve survived the disaster, haven’t you?

You’re telling me, Diane.

How about your family?

All of my hamily and relatives are safe and healthy. . . Thank you very much for asking. . .

I understand your folks are living in the flooding area, aren’t you?

No, not really. . .

 


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Gyoda, my hometown, is actually located in the path of the typhoon, but fortunetely the typhoon ignored my hometown; instead it hit Sano hard with a tornado.

 


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The tornado turned the car over, and the driver was killed.

Have you ever suffered from any typhoon?

Oh yes, I was a kid when the most devastating typhoon, Ida, hit the Kantō region of Japan in 1958 . . . Since I got sick and tired of natural disasters in Japan I decided to immigrate to Canada.

I see. . . So you’ve become a Canadian citizen, huh?

That’s right.

By the way, how come the emperor made a ceremony during the typhoon season?


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Emperor Naruhito completes enthronement

in ceremony rich with history and ritual

by Sakura Murakami

Oct 22, 2019

 

Emperor Naruhito cut a grand figure Tuesday as the deep purple curtains of his canopied, 6.5-meter-tall throne were pulled apart to reveal him enrobed in an orange-brown garment, a black crown atop his head, as he announced his enthronement to the world.

“Having previously succeeded to the imperial throne in accordance with the Constitution of Japan and the Special Measures Law on the Imperial House Law. I now … proclaim my enthronement to those at home and abroad,” he declared at the enthronement ceremony, called Sokui no Rei, which was attended by around 2,000 dignitaries from some 180 countries and regions.

Sokui no Rei is one of the major events in a series of ceremonies and rites scheduled throughout the year following Emperor Naruhito’s accession to the chrysanthemum throne in May.

Although he officially became emperor on May 1, after his father — now Emperor Emeritus Akihito — stepped down from the throne due to his advanced age, Tuesday’s ceremony marks the official declaration of Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement.

“I pledge hereby that I shall act according to the Constitution, and fulfill my responsibility as the symbol of the state and of the unity of the people of Japan, while always wishing for the happiness of the people and the peace of the world, turning my thoughts to the people and standing by them,” he said, underlining the emperor’s role within the country’s supreme law.

The ceremony saw the emperor and empress in regal attire entering the Pine Chamber of the Imperial Palace, as attending dignitaries watched by video link from within the Imperial Palace.

Big names such as Prince Charles from the United Kingdom, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao from the United States, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon were there to congratulate the new emperor.

 


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Wearing imperial robes in a warm brown hue — a color reserved in times past especially for the emperor — Emperor Naruhito sat on the takamikura canopied throne, which is decorated with lacquer and gold phoenixes and sits atop a square dais.

His wife Empress Masako was in similarly regal attire, wearing a colorful and multilayered kimono, and sat on a smaller version of Emperor Naruhito’s throne.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered congratulations in response to the emperor’s speech, saying, “We, the people, look up to His Majesty the Emperor as the symbol of Japan and the unity of its people, and, with a renewed spirit, will put our best efforts into creating an era where new culture will flourish as a peaceful, hopeful and proud Japan realizes a bright future and the people come together in beautiful harmony.”

He then led the guests in a banzai salute before the emperor and empress exited the chamber.

 


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Initially, a parade had been planned for after the ceremony to allow the public to see the imperial couple drive by in a convertible sedan as they traveled back to their residence in the Akasaka district.

However, the government announced that they would reschedule the parade for Nov. 10 out of consideration for those affected by Typhoon Hagibis earlier in the month.

Celebrations were nevertheless set to continue for the guests in attendance, with the emperor and empress scheduled to host a total of four banquets, the first of which took place Tuesday evening.

Amid all the pomp and splendor, Tuesday’s ceremonies also highlighted the lack of male heirs to the throne.

As the current law stands, only male heirs of the male line of the family are permitted to succeed the throne.


Source:“Emperor Naruhito completes enthronement”
The Japan Times

The ceremony should’ve been held in the spring, during which no typhoons come, I suppose.

Actually, the first event for the enthronement was performed on April 30, when Emperor Akihito of Japan abdicated. This marked the end of the Heisei era and the inception of the Reiwa era, and saw numerous festivities leading up to the accession of his son and successor, Emperor Naruhito.

So the enthronement ceremony is one of traditional ceremonies for the new emperor, huh?

That’s right. . . As you know, the enthronement of the emperor of Japan is an ancient ceremony that marks the accession of a new monarch to the Chrysanthemum Throne, the world’s oldest continuous hereditary monarchy. . . Various ancient imperial regalia are given to the new sovereign during the course of the rite, which consists of several ceremonies. . . The last event will be held in December.

I see. . . So those traditional events have been held since April, and continue at times till December, huh?

Yes. . . You see, unfortunately some events have to be held during the typhoon season.

Well . . . I hope you’ll be able to come back to Vancouver without any accident nor typhoon.

Don’t worry about it since I’m a lucky man, and I’ll be able to see you the next month.


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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Three matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup were cancelled due to Hagibis, including the Pool B matches between New Zealand and Italy, and Canada and Namibia, and the Pool C match between England and France.

This marked the first time that matches have been cancelled in the history of the Rugby World Cup.

However, other matches were conducted.

You might want to see the highlight of the match between Japan and Ireland.

 


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How do you like the above game?

You don’t like rugby matches, do you?

Well… here’s a mood-changing clip just for you.

Gess what?… You can now laught to the last tears.

 


(mrmathane.jpg)

  Mr. Mathane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In any road, I expect Kato will write another interesting article soon.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!

Bye bye …


(hand.gif)


(renge400.jpg)

If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


(cook002.jpg)

“JAGEL”

“JAGEL Again”

“Say NO!”

Happy Gal in Canada

Roof of Vancouver

Aftershock

Whiplash

Sex Appeal

Better Off Without Senate

Fire Festival

Sweets@Paris

Scary Quake

MH370 Mystery

Putin’s Way

Trump @ Vancouver

Otter & Trump


(juneswim.jpg)

Changeling

Fiddler on the Roof

Flesh and Bone

Maiden’s Prayer

Romeo & Juliet

Trump @ Joke

Halloween in Shibuya

Trump Shock

Happy New Year!


(biker302.jpg)

Life or Death

Way to Millionaire

Adele Hugo

Middle Sexes

Romance@Madison

Hacksaw Ridge

Eight the Dog

Halloween@Shibuya

Chef Babette


(dianesun.jpg)

Ramen Boom

from Korea

Omakase@Sushi

Crocodile Meat

Killer Floods

Climate of Doubt

Glory of Death

Big Mystery

Hitler and Trump

Hot October

2018 BC Ballot

Bach Collegium Japan

Dolly the Sheep

Golden Shower

Cleopatra

Strange Love

Quartet

Unknown Tragedy

World War B.C.

Mystery of Dimension

Call Girl Mystery


(surfin2.gif)


(bare02b.gif)

Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies.

As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.


(lib81126a.png)

『Actual List』


(june001.gif)

Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001th movie.

You might just as well want to view it.


(1001nite.jpg)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


(1001nite10.jpg)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The stories in “the Arabian Nights” were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.

The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.

In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.

What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.

The stories proceed from this original tale.

Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.

Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.


(bellyan15.gif)

ところで、愛とロマンに満ちた

レンゲさんのお話をまとめて

『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

『愛とロマンのレンゲ物語』


(renge730.jpg)

『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

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Call Girl Mystery

 

Call Girl Mystery

 


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Kato. . . Did you go to Paris recently and play with a high-priced call girl?


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Oh no, I am such a poor guy as, if I play with a high-priced call girl, I’ll go broke and become homeless.

Don’t be so pessimistic! Cheer up! . . . In any case, how come you’ve brought up a call girl?

Well . . . I recently borrowed a book from Vancouver Public Library and came across the following part. . .

 

The Dark Side of Paris

 


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Édouard Manet, sometimes referred to as the father of modern painting, is often spoken of as an impressionist, but he has never participated in an impressionist exhibition.
Rather, he was a painter who refused to exhibit at the Impressionist Exhibition.
At that time, the Impressionists were exposed to intense criticism because their novel painting methods were not recognized from the mainstream artists. . .

The theme chosen by Manet is a water-front leisure activity that was popular on the banks of the Seine at the outskirts of Paris, as the original title “Bathing” represents.
However, in the conservative audience at that time, the direct gaze toward the audience and the realistic nude body was too radical. . .

In this era, a plausible reason and/or excuse of “historical painting” was still necessary to draw the nude.
The above painting, however, appeared too shocking and too realistic as a real naked woman.
Critics and spectators condemned this work as “bad” and “immoral”. . .

They saw the dark side of the second imperial era in France, that is, the world of prostitution. . .

By the way, many high-priced courtesans worked in Paris during the 2nd Imperial period, but a strict moral view of social conducts prevailed.

 


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As a result of the invention of photos, some people imagined pornography on the market.
In times when paintings were supposed to be “noble”, Édouard Manet came to impose the reality on people.

The composition of the above painting is similar to the copperplate print “Judgement of Paris” produced by Marcantonio Raimondi (ca.1480 – ca.1534) based on Raphael’s drawing.
It seems obvious if you look at the three people in the lower right. . .

 


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The contrast between the male and female nudes is similar to that of “Concerto campestre” at the Louvre, which is now known as Titian’s work, but at that time people supposed that Giorgione (1476/78-1510) painted it. . .

 


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By the way, the current title “Lunch on Grass (Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe)” was renamed after Monet’s “Lunch on Grass” (1865-66) during the 1867 solo exhibition.

 


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Van Gogh’s Mental State

 

At the end of January 1890, a son was born to his brother Theo and Johanna.

Van Gogh, delighted with the birth of a nephew named the same Vincent Willem, began to work on a “Almond Blossom” as a gift. . .

 


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On July 6th, Van Gogh went to Paris on a day trip and learned about Theo’s economic hardship.
Theo, who had also sent money to his Dutch family after his father died, told Van Gogh that he could not expect a stable income like before because he was thinking about setting up his own business after leaving Goupil & Cie, where he was in charge of management.
Awkward and heavy air drifted through Theo’s family.

At that time, Theo, who was not born strong, was not in good health.
The couple was exhausted with care for the sick baby, and his wife Johanna was so tired that she fell sick.

The remittance to Van Gogh spurred the suffering and fatigue of Theo and cast a dark shadow on the marital relationship.
Faced with the plight of his brother and his wife, Van Gogh came to realize that he couldn’t rely on Theo any more.

Now van Gogh understood that Theo considered his family more important than van Gogh. . .

Aware of being too late to start a new life, van Gogh got troubled and began to get sick mentally. . .

Van Gogh devoted himself to the paintings as if to escape from loneliness and fear. His mental state clearly reflects on the “Wheatfield with Crows” drawn at this time.

 


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(Pages 119-121)

(Note:red characters are emphasized by Kato.
Photo from Denman Library
Translated by Kato)


SOURCE: 『人騒がせな名画たち』
著者: 木村泰司
2018年10月5日 第1刷発行
発行所: 株式会社 マガジンハウス

I see. . . There were many high-priced courtesans in Paris during the 2nd Empire period, huh?. . .

That’s right. . .

. . . So when was the second imperial era?

Please read the following a Wikipedia article about the second imperial era. . .

Second French Empire

 

The Second French Empire was the regime of Napoleon III from 1852 to 1870, between the Second Republic and the Third Republic, in France.

 


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Historians in the 1930s and 1940s often disparaged the Second Empire as a precursor of fascism.
That interpretation is no longer promulgated and by the late 20th century they were celebrating it as leading example of a modernizing regime.

Historians have generally given the Empire negative evaluations on its foreign-policy, and somewhat more positive evaluations of domestic policies, especially after Napoleon III liberalized his rule after 1858.

He promoted French business and exports.
The greatest achievements came in material improvements, in the form of a grand railway network that facilitated commerce and tied the nation together and centered it on Paris.

It had the effect of stimulating economic growth, and bringing prosperity to most regions of the country.
The Second Empire is given high credit for the rebuilding of Paris with broad boulevards, striking public buildings, and very attractive residential districts for upscale Parisians.

In international policy, Napoleon III tried to emulate his uncle, engaging in numerous imperial ventures around the world as well as several wars in Europe.

Using very harsh methods, he built up the French Empire in North Africa and in Southeast Asia.
Napoleon III also sought to modernize the Mexican economy and bring it into the French orbit, but this ended in a fiasco.
He badly mishandled the threat from Prussia, and by the end of his reign, Napoleon III found himself without allies in the face of overwhelming German force.


Source:“French Second Empire”
Free encyclopedia “Wikipedia”
 


Cafés and restaurants

Thanks to the growing number of wealthy Parisians and tourists coming to the city and the new network of railroads that delivered fresh seafood, meat, vegetables and fruit to Les Halles every morning, Paris during the Second Empire had some of the best restaurants in the world.
The greatest concentration of top-class restaurants was on the Boulevard des Italiens, near the theaters.
The most prominent of these at the beginning the Empire was the Café de Paris, opened in 1826, which was located on the ground floor of the Hôtel de Brancas.
It was decorated in the style of a grand apartment, with high ceilings, large mirrors and elegant furniture.
The director of the Paris Opéra had a table reserved for him there, and it was a frequent meeting place for characters in the novels of Balzac.
It was unable to adapt to the style of the Second Empire, however; it closed too early, at ten in the evening, the hour when the new wealthy class of Second Empire Parisians were just going out to dinner after the theatre or a ball.
As a result, it went out of business in 1856.

The most famous newer restaurants on the Boulevard des Italiens were the Maison Dorée, the Café Riche and the Café Anglais, the latter two of which faced each other across the boulevard.
They, and the other cafés modelled after them, had a similar arrangement.
Inside the door, the clients were welcomed by the dame de comptoir, always a beautiful woman who was very elegantly dressed.
Besides welcoming the clients, she was in charge of the distribution of pieces of sugar, two for each demitasse of coffee.
A demitasse of coffee cost between 35 and 40 centimes, to which clients usually added a tip of two sous, or ten centimes.
An extra piece of sugar cost ten centimes.
The floor of the café was lightly covered with sand, so the hurrying waiters would not slip.
The technology of the coffee service was greatly improved in 1855 with the invention of the hydrostatic coffee percolator, first presented at the Paris Universal Exposition of 1855, which allowed a café to produce 50,000 demitasses a day.

The Maison Dorée was decorated in an extravagant Moorish style, with white walls and gilded furnishings, balconies and statues.
It had six dining salons and 26 small private rooms.
The private dining rooms were elegantly furnished with large sofas as well as tables and were a popular place for clandestine romances.
They also featured large mirrors, where women had the tradition of scratching messages with their diamond rings.
It was a popular meeting place between high society and what was known as the demimonde of actresses and courtesans; it was a favorite dining place of Nana in the novel of that name by Émile Zola.

 


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Source:“Paris during the Second Empire”
Free encyclopedia “Wikipedia”

Tell me, Kato, in the Japanese history, what happened during that period.

It was around the end of the Edo period before the Meiji Restoration. . . Commodore Matthew Perry of the United States Navy came to Japan with a 4-ship fleet in 1853, and played a leading role in the opening of Japan to the West with the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854, which in turn led Japan to the beginning of the Meiji Restoration. . .

I see, but how come you focus on Call Girl in Paris?

Well, in those days, even at the end of the Edo period in Japan and later during the Meiji Restoration, a great number of prostitutes entertained men in regulated brothels as well as private brothels. . . So did courtesans in Paris.

I wonder if van Gogh had something to do with a sex worker or a brothel.

Yes, he did. . . Van Gogh lived with an ex-prostitute during the Hague era.

The Hague (1882-183) era

 


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Mauve took Van Gogh on as a student and introduced him to watercolour, which he worked on for the next month before returning home for Christmas.
He quarrelled with his father, refusing to attend church, and left for The Hague.

In January 1882, Mauve introduced him to painting in oil and lent him money to set up a studio.
Within a month Van Gogh and Mauve fell out, possibly over the viability of drawing from plaster casts.

Van Gogh could afford to hire only people from the street as models, a practice of which Mauve seems to have disapproved.
In June Van Gogh suffered a bout of gonorrhoea and spent three weeks in hospital.

Soon after, he first painted in oils, bought with money borrowed from Theo.
He liked the medium, and spread the paint liberally, scraping from the canvas and working back with the brush.
He wrote that he was surprised at how good the results were.

By March 1882, Mauve appears to have gone cold towards Van Gogh, and stopped replying to his letters.
He had learned of Van Gogh’s new domestic arrangement with an alcoholic prostitute, Clasina Maria “Sien” Hoornik (1850–1904), and her young daughter.
Van Gogh had met Sien towards the end of January 1882, when she had a five-year-old daughter and was pregnant.

 


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“Sorrow” depicting Sien

April 1882 The Hague sketch (black chalk)

 

She had previously borne two children who died, but Van Gogh was unaware of this; on 2 July, she gave birth to a baby boy, Willem.
When Van Gogh’s father discovered the details of their relationship, he put pressure on his son to abandon Sien and her two children.

Vincent at first defied him, and considered moving the family out of the city, but in late 1883, he left Sien and the children.

Poverty may have pushed Sien back into prostitution; the home became less happy and Van Gogh may have felt family life was irreconcilable with his artistic development.
Sien gave her daughter to her mother, and baby Willem to her brother.
Willem remembered visiting Rotterdam when he was about 12, when an uncle tried to persuade Sien to marry to legitimise the child.
He believed Van Gogh was his father, but the timing of his birth makes this unlikely.
Sien drowned herself in the River Scheldt in 1904.


Source:“Vincent van Gogh”
Free encyclopedia “Wikipedia”

In late 1883, van Gogh left Sien and went to Paris, didn’t he?

That’s right. . . He stayed in Paris, but after all, Paris was a difficult place for van Gogh to live. So, he moved to Arles, southern France, and started living there. . .

So, in Arles, did Van Gogh get involved with a sex worker?

That’s the mystery I’m talking about. . .

What do you mean?

As the above book tells you, van Gogh became mentally sick. . .

Why is that?

Well. . . , van Gogh received a letter that informed him that his brother Theo was engaged with Johanna, and van Gogh understood that his financial assistance would be cut off. At the same time, Gauguin told him that he couldn’t live together and would leave. Van Gogh was so profoundly depressed with this double problems that he cut his left ear with his razor on the spur of the moment. . .

 


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It looks like van Gogh cut his right ear. . .

At first I thought so when I saw the above picture. . . But the Wikipedia article says he cut his left ear. . . You know what? Van Gogh painted it while looking at him in the mirror. . . In other words, he simplay painted what he saw in the mirror, that is, the opposite image of the real thing.

I see. . . So what happened to the cut ear?

Out of all things and choices, Van Gogh wrapped the ear in paper and handed it over to a girl in a brothel he had visited several times. . .

So van Gogh gave it to his favorite sex worker, didn’t he?

That is the mystery. . . Actually, there is a documentary that delves into this mystery. . .

Kato, did you see this documentary?

Yes, I did. . .

 


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Kato’s Comment

Produced and directed by Jack MacInnes in 2016, this 56-minute documentary delves into the mystery of what really happened on the night of Dcember 23, 1888, in the French town of Arles.

Vincent van Gogh cut his ear and delivered it in person to a girl called “Rachel” in the nearby brothel.

Why did he do it?

Amazing and intriguing!

 

I see. . . So van Gogh gave the ear to a girl called “Rachel”, huh? But you seem to intentionally write a girl, instead of prostitute or hooker. . . Why is that?

So this is Call Girl Mystery.

Kato, are you kidding? Is this a pun or something?

Actually, this girl’s real name was Gabrielle and she was nicknamed “Gabi”.

Was “Rachel” the name used at the brothel?

Yes, it was, but she wasn’t working as a sex worker.

Why not?

This girl was 19 at the time and died in 1952 at the age of 80. . . Bernadetta Murphy in the above documentary actually visited her grandson and learned that the girl called “Rachel” at the brothel worked as a cleaning girl. . .

In other words, instead of sleeping with her, van Gogh was rather in a friendly relationship with this girl, huh?. . .

I guess so. . . Obviously, van Gogh liked this girl and might have had a pleasant chat with her at times. . . Van Gogh cut his ear and then walked to this brothel nearby, and handed it to this girl and said, “I want you to cherish it.” . . .

 


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Amazing! . . . She might’ve been shocked to death when she found a bloody ear wrapped in a piece of paper. . . Couldn’t van Gogh think of her feelings when she would find his bloody ear wrapped in a paper?

He did it because he was mentally sick. . . If van Gogh had been in a normal mental state, he wouldn’t have done it!

Why did van Gogh cut his ear in the first place?

Good question! . . . Whenever somebody hears this story, he or she will have the same question! . . . Actually I had the same question when I heard this story for the first time.

Don’t waste my time. . . Please tell me why. . .

Well . . . , Diane, probabaly you know that van Gogh had once thought of becoming a pastor. . . Whenever he found his spare time, van Gogh translated Bible chapters into English, French, and German. Van Gogh also prayed for a long time at the table, did not eat meat, and went to the Jansen Church, Catholic Church, Lutheran Church on Sundays as well as the Dutch Reformed Church. . .

In other words, van Gogh was a devout Christian, huh?

You’re telling me, Diane. . . In the Bible, there is a story about cutting a ear. . .

Oh yeah?. . . Tell me about it. . .

The above documentary explains that Van Gogh naturally knew the Biblical story, in which the apostle Peter had resisted the centurion who tried to arrest Jesus and cut his ear. . .

 


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Kato, are you saying that, recalling the above story, van Gogh cut his own ear on the spur of the moment?

The above documentary seems to interpret the incident that way. . .

Kato, what do you think about it?

Well . . . , Van Gogh seemed in a big trouble because he would have no or little economic assistance from Theo in the near future. . . At that time, because of the difference in opinions, Gauguin told van Gogh that he would leave Arles. Thus, van Gogh plunged into a fathomless depress.

In other words, van Gogh mentally went beyond the limit, huh?

I think so. . . Van Gogh can’t hate Theo. . . He had no courage to cut Gauguin’s ear with a razor. . . At this point in time, he might have come up with the Biblical tale of ear-cutting and came to realize that he himself was to blame, and he cut off his ear on the spur of the moment!

So, eventually he blamed himself and cut off his ear as the spostle Peter did to the centurion, huh?

I can’t think of anything else!


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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Are you interested in the life of Vincent van Gogh?

There is a famous movie titled “Lust for Life”.

Kirk Douglas plays brilliantly as Van Gogh in an unforgettable performance.

 


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How do you like the above trailer?

Are you tired of reading and viewing the crazy artist?

Well… here’s a mood-changing tune just for you.

Gess what?… You can now laught to the last tears.

 


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  Mr. Mathane

 

In any road, I expect Kato will write another interesting article soon.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!

Bye bye …


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


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“JAGEL”

“JAGEL Again”

“Say NO!”

Happy Gal in Canada

Roof of Vancouver

Aftershock

Whiplash

Sex Appeal

Better Off Without Senate

Fire Festival

Sweets@Paris

Scary Quake

MH370 Mystery

Putin’s Way

Trump @ Vancouver

Otter & Trump


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Changeling

Fiddler on the Roof

Flesh and Bone

Maiden’s Prayer

Romeo & Juliet

Trump @ Joke

Halloween in Shibuya

Trump Shock

Happy New Year!


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Life or Death

Way to Millionaire

Adele Hugo

Middle Sexes

Romance@Madison

Hacksaw Ridge

Eight the Dog

Halloween@Shibuya

Chef Babette


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Ramen Boom

from Korea

Omakase@Sushi

Crocodile Meat

Killer Floods

Climate of Doubt

Glory of Death

Big Mystery

Hitler and Trump

Hot October

2018 BC Ballot

Bach Collegium Japan

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Golden Shower

Cleopatra

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Unknown Tragedy

World War B.C.

Mystery of Dimension


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Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies.

As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.


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『Actual List』


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Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001th movie.

You might just as well want to view it.


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The stories in “the Arabian Nights” were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.

The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.

In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.

What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.

The stories proceed from this original tale.

Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.

Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.


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『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

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次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

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『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

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