Japanese Culture/Heritage/History

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Incredibly, it survived, considering the number of earthquakes in Japan.


Before Japans modernization, women of each and every household were tasked with what is possibly one of the most difficult crafts in the world of culinary artsrice cooking :rice:.

They washed rice and let it sit in the water so it would absorb moisture. They poured it into a pot large enough to feed a family spanning three generations. The precise amount of water added was determined by the rices age and degree of refinement.

With too little water, the rice would burn. With too much water, the result would be an aspiring porridge.

They made a fire under the pot and sealed it with a heavy lid. But the flame had to be kept modest at first to heat the entire pot. Then, the fire needed to be strengthened so the water would boil and cook the rice.

But a few moments after vapor was witnessed from between the pot and the lid, they withdrew firewood swiftly so that the remaining embers would help the rice receive an appetizing, glossy coating.

The rule of thumb was to never, ever leave the pot unattended while cooking rice, even if they heard their babies cry. They had to tell when to take the next action by listening to the sound of rice boiling inside and the way the vapor rose. Opening the lid to look inside would let the vapor pressure go and render the rice a failure.

Skilled housewives were able to create a crispy brown scorch on the outermost layer of rice (like a creme brulee) by doing everything above at the right time, based on years of experience.

When the skills of the wife exceeded that of the mother, the familys rice scoop was handed down to the next generation, indicating that she was the new boss of the house.

If you own a modern Japanese rice cooker, it does a perfect job thanks to reflecting centuries of collective rice-cooking experience of Japanese women in history :face_holding_back_tears:. 整 Itadakimasu!

Woodblock print by YOSHIDA Hiroshi (1876 - 1950).


Gunkanjima Island - Nagasaki, Japan.

Once the most densely populated place in the world, this island is now a ghost town.

FEW PLACES IN THE WORLD have a history as odd, or as poignant as Gunkanjimas.

The tiny, fortress-like island lies just off the coast of Nagasaki. The island is ringed by a seawall, covered in tightly packed buildings, and entirely abandoned - a ghost town that has been completely uninhabited for more than forty years.

In the early 1900s, Gunkanjima was developed by the Mitsubishi Corporation, which believed - correctly - that the island was sitting on a rich submarine coal deposit.

For almost the next hundred years, the mine grew deeper and longer, stretching out under the seabed to harvest the coal that was powering Japans industrial expansion.

By 1941, the island, less than one square kilometer in area, was producing 400,000 tonnes of coal per year.

And many of those working slavishly in the undersea mine were forced laborers from Korea.

Even more remarkable than the mine was the city that had grown up around it.

To accommodate the miners, ten-story apartment complexes were built up on the tiny rock - a high-rise maze linked together by courtyards, corridors, and stairs. There were schools, restaurants, and gaming houses, all encircled by the protective seawall.

The island became known as Midori nashi Shima, the island without green.

Amazingly, by the mid-1950s, it housed almost six thousand people, giving it the highest population density the world has ever known. And then the coal ran out.

Mitsubishi closed the mine, everyone left, and this island city was abandoned, left to revert back to nature.

The apartments began to crumble, and for the first time, in the barren courtyards, green things started to grow. Broken glass and old newspapers blew over the streets. The sea-breeze whistled through the windows.

Now, fifty years later, the island is exactly as it was just after Mitsubishi left. A ghost town in the middle of the sea.


Flood the mine




The island look like a massive battleship.


When I first saw the pic, I thought it was Alcatraz. It does look like a battleship.


I cant imagine how difficult it is to bring building materials. After all, we are talking about significant buildings and not tiny houses.


Burger King in Japan has the King Yeti Burger. Its 4 1/4 pound burgers 8 slices of gouda cheese, with grilled onions, and a Caesar salad-style dressing thats heavy on the Parmesan cheese, and pickles. Served on a toasted bun. All for 2,000 yen, or about $20.

Why is everything cooler in Japan?


Cherry blossom forest with Mt Fuji in the background. Im told this is a real pic and not AI.


Geishas in a three-wheeler, Tokyo, 1920s.


That is stunning



Amazing as always.


25 March, 1924

Born as Yano Motok in Osaka on this day in 1924, Ky Machiko (鈭 摮, 25 March, 1924 12 May, 2019), a Japanese actress who was active primarily in the 1950s.

She adopted Machiko Ky as her stage name when she entered the Osaka Shochiku Kagekidan in 1936 at age 12. She trained as a revue dancer before entering the film industry through Daiei Film in 1949.

Two years later, she achieved international fame as the female lead in Akira Kurosawas film Rashmon (蝢), which won first prize at the Venice Film Festival and stunned audiences with its nonlinear narrative. https://youtu.be/Zqoyl2p8_lw

Ky starred in many more Japanese productions, including:

  1. Mizoguchi Kenjis Ugetsu (1953)
  2. Kinugasa Teinosukes Gate of Hell (1953)
  3. Ichikawa Kons Odd Obsession (1959)
  4. Ozu Yasujirs Floating Weeds (1959)

Her sole role in a non-Japanese film was as Lotus Blossom, the young geisha in The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) opposite Marlon Brando and Glenn Ford, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.

Ky continued to act through her 80s. Her final role was as Matsuura Shino in the NHK television drama series Haregi Koko Ichiban in 2000.

In 2017, she was presented with an award of merit at the 40th Japanese Academy Awards.

After retiring from film, she moved back to Osaka, where she resided until her death from heart failure on 12 May, 2019. She was 95.

Ky Machiko is pictured here in the 1959 film Onna to kaizoku [憟喋冽絲鞈, Woman and Pirates).


A Japanese woman carrying her children in a bucket on her head, Japan 1900s.


Young Japanese girls training for the anticipated invasion of mainland Japan, 1945.