Small Updates!

Hello friends! I hope you’re doing well! Just a couple of quick things:

For those who haven’t seen, we have a new PO Box! The mailing address is:

PO Box 683

1400 N Kraemer Blvd

Placentia CA 92871 (Please note this is not our actual address!)

Also, we are having another meet-up at Anime Expo this year! This is the info:

When: Day 3 @ 3:30 PM

Where: Concourse Hall (if this changes we’ll post another update!)

We’ll be wearing a brand new Naruto cosplay so we hope to see some of you there again! Thank you so much for your support, after Anime Expo we have a lot of Naruto shoots planned with new characters and will be more active here!


Today in history - The birth of Mary I

Mary Tudor was born on February 18, 1516, at the Palace of Placentia in Greenwich, England. She was the only child of King Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, to survive through childhood. She was baptized as a Catholic shortly after her birth. Tutored by her mother and scholars, she excelled in music and language. In 1525, Henry named her Princess of Wales and sent his daughter to live on the Welsh border, while he continuously tried to negotiate a marriage for her.

Winston Churchill on the stern of the British battleship HMS Duke of York in August 1941. On the 9th of that month Duke of York had pulled into Placentia Bay on the southeast coast of Newfoundland, Canada. There the ship in the background, USS Augusta, was waiting with U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In America the press and public were told he was on a ten day fishing trip. This was the first of eleven wartime meetings between Churchill and Roosevelt.

As Duke of York had crossed through a vicious Atlantic storm Churchill passed the time drafting the Atlantic Charter. It detailed the goals and aims of the Allied powers concerning the war (which America had not yet joined) and the post-war world. It’s an interesting thing that in those bleak days Churchill had already grown sure of eventual victory. The Atlantic Charter became the basis of the United Nations, with Britain and America effectively vowing to succeed where the League of Nations had so clearly failed. Roosevelt warmed to Churchill, becoming far less opportunistic in his aid to Britain and evermore an ally.


November 17th, 1558: Death of Mary I of England, first Queen regnant of England and Ireland.

Born on 18 February 1516 at the Palace of Placentia in Greenwich, London, Mary was the fifth child of Henry VIII and his first wife Katherine of Aragon and the only one who survived to adulthood. A precocious child, Mary received the education of a royal princess, based on a humanist treatise on the education of girls. Three potential marriages were negotiated for her during her childhood, with France and Spain, but they all fell through due to political changes.
By 1531, Mary fell sick with depression. Her statue remained stable during the “Great Matter” of Henry VIII, until his marriage with Katherine of Aragon was declared void, while Henry’s marriage with Anne Boleyn was declared valid. Mary was deemed illegitimate by 1533 and styled “the Lady Mary” and was sent to join the household of her half-sister, the infant Elizabeth, in December of the same year.
By 1536, following the death of Anne Boleyn and the marriage of Henry VIII with Jane Seymour, Mary was bullied into accepting her own illegitimacy. Reconciled with her father, Mary resumed her place at court and obtain a new household for the first time in three years. She was godmother to her new half-brother Edward.
With the sixth and finale marriage of Henry VIII, with Catherine Parr, Mary (and Elizabeth) were reinstaured to the line of succession, through the Act of Succession of 1544, after Edward, but both remained illegitimate.
Mary remained in her own estates for most of Edward VI’s reign, mostly due to religious differences. Following the death of Edward on 6 July 1553, Lady Jane Grey was named as his successor, in order to stop Mary from inheriting the crown and applying Catholic policies to the realm. However, warned by her partisans, Mary raised an army and rode triumphantly in London on 3 August 1553, with popular support. Jane Grey having been deposed on 19 July, Mary was de facto Queen and was crowned at Westminster Abbey on 1 October 1553.
Mary married Philip II of Spain on 25 July 1554. She ruled with her Council, returned the English church to Roman jurisdiction, supported Philip in his war against France which caused the loss of Calais, and drafted a new, modern currency policy.
Mary died on 17 November 1558, possibly from ovarian cysts or an uterine cancer, and was succeeded by her half-sister Elizabeth.

Although Mary I is mostly remembered for her religious policy, with 283 Protestants executed, she proved that a woman could reign in her own right, assisted only by a council, and thus paved the way to Elizabeth’s reign.

                                  “She was a king’s daughter; she was a king’s sister; she was a king’s wife. She was a queen, and by the same title a king also.
                                                            - John White, Bishop of Winchester, at Mary’s funeral.


Today in history - The birth of Mary I

On 18 February 1516 Mary was born at  Palace of Placentia in Greenwich, London as the fifth child of Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon. Mary was the only child to survive infancy. Even though she was kept a lot of years away from the succession of the English throne she became Queen of England in 1553 until the end of her life (1558)


If Doctor Who characters were lepidoptera 12/? [botanical graphics series, all edits by WriteDragon]

Twelfth Doctor: Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae) and Placentia Tiger Moth (Grammia placentia) on a satsuma tree (Citrus unshiu)

Clara Oswald: Queen butterfly (Danaus gilippus) on Blackthorn–also called The Husband and Wife Tree (Prunus spinosa)


  • Satsumas/citrus seem to be a running theme with many of Peter Capaldi’s characters, so this is a bit of an inside joke.
  • The moths’ colors echo Twelve’s favorite pose that he strikes to show off that magnificent red coat lining.
  • Clara is the Doctor’s Queen (ref: Last Christmas). 
  • Blackthorn reminds me of Blackpool, where Clara is from.

Women In History: Queens and Princesses

48) “The King’s Beloved Sister”

Anne of Cleves (22 September 1515 – 16 July 1557) was Queen of England from 6 January 1540 to 9 July 1540 as the fourth wife of King Henry VIII. The marriage was declared never consummated, and she was not crowned queen consort. Following the annulment of their marriage, Anne was given a generous settlement by the King, and thereafter referred to as the King’s Beloved Sister. She lived to see the coronation of Queen Mary I, outliving the rest of Henry’s wives.
At the age of 11 (1527), Anne was betrothed to Francis, son and heir of the Duke of Lorraine while he was only 10. Thus the betrothal was considered unofficial and was cancelled in 1535. The Duke’s ongoing dispute over Gelderland with Emperor Charles V made them suitable allies for England’s King Henry VIII in the wake of the Truce of Nice. The match with Anne was urged on the King by his chief minister, Thomas Cromwell.
Henry met her privately on New Year’s Day 1540 at Rochester on her journey from Dover. Henry and some of his courtiers, following a courtly-love tradition, went disguised into the room where Anne was staying, and Henry boldly kissed her.According to the testimony of his companions, he was disappointed with Anne, feeling she was not as described. Henry did then reveal his true identity to Anne, although he is said to have been put off the marriage from then on.
Despite Henry’s very vocal misgivings, the two were married on 6 January 1540 at the royal Palace of Placentia in Greenwich, London by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. The phrase “God send me well to keep” was engraved around Anne’s wedding ring.
Anne was commanded to leave the Court on 24 June, and on 6 July she was informed of her husband’s decision to reconsider the marriage. The marriage was annulled on 9 July 1540, on the grounds of non-consummation and her pre-contract to Francis of Lorraine.
The former queen received a generous settlement, including Richmond Palace, and Hever Castle, home of Henry’s former in-laws, the Boleyns. Anne of Cleves House, in Lewes, Sussex, is just one of many properties she owned; she never lived there. Henry and Anne became good friends—she was an honorary member of the King’s family and was referred to as “the King’s Beloved Sister”. She was invited to court often and, out of gratitude for her not contesting the annulment, Henry decreed that she would be given precedence over all women in England save his own wife and daughters.
Anne died at Chelsea Old Manor on 16 July 1557, eight weeks before her forty-second birthday. The cause of her death was most likely to have been cancer. She was buried in Westminster Abbey, on 3 August, in what has been described as a “somewhat hard to find tomb” on the opposite side of Edward the Confessor’s shrine and slightly above eye level for a person of average height. She is the only wife of Henry VIII to be buried in the Abbey.