japanese nobility

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Some character designs and concepts I did to participate to a project (I wasn’t chosen at the end, but whatever). It should have been an erotic-themed story settled in the closed environment of the Japanese nobility of the early XIII century, a love story between Kiyou (daughter of an important government officer) and Utahime (a blind koto’s teacher). For this plot I took heavily inspiration from a novel written by Tanizaki Jun'ichirou, “Shunkinshou”.
I’m sorry if I haven’t been so active lately, but I’ve been very much busy.

Onna-bugeisha

An onna-bugeisha (女武芸者) was a type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese nobility. Many wives, widows, daughters, and rebels answered the call of duty by engaging in battle, commonly alongside samurai men. They were members of the bushi (samurai) class in feudal Japan and were trained in the use of weapons to protect their household, family, and honour in times of war. They also represented a divergence from the traditional housewife role of the Japanese woman. They are sometimes referred to as female samurai. Significant icons such as Empress Jingu, Tomoe Gozen, Nakano Takeko, and Hōjō Masako are famous examples of onna bugeisha. Read More || Edit

Of Joker Game and the Kazoku Ichiran

Okay, so this is just me rambling because there’s not much to do at work and because I saw some posts about the Japanese Nobility / Peerage that might’ve been connected to Joker Game.

Also, this is because a Japanese friend (who’s a 歴史女子) pointed out some interesting people in the Empire’s Peerage. 

To start, the 華族 or Kazoku are either nobles and aristocrats dating back from the Heian Imperial, or persons granted nobility for having performed outstanding services to the nation. 

So, while reading about them I found some familiar names. ふふふ

I know that these will most likely be baseless since our spy boys are using pseudonyms, but hey, we’re all free to theorize. lol (But don’t we already know someone who used the Kazoku Ichiran to his advantage? I’m talking about you, Yuuki. w)


Miyoshi Shigeomi, Viscount - Member of the Chōshū Clan, conferred to the peerage (07/07/1884) due to his outstanding services as a Lieutenant General of the

Imperial Japanese Army

during the Boshin War and the Satsuma Rebellion.

Miyoshi Nariyuki, Baron

Member of the Chōshū Clan, conferred to the peerage (09/21/1907) due to his outstanding services as a Lieutenant General of the

Imperial Japanese Army

during the Bakumatsu, First Sino-Japanese War, Satsuma Rebellion and the Russo-Japanese War.

PS

There’s a prevalent headcanon in the JP fandom that Miyoshi is a son of a high ranking noble, via a concubine/mistress. I’m actually supporting this HC, as it’s quite plausible. Sons via concubines were kind of common up until that era in Japan, and they were often used as a back up of family’s heir (or in some cases, back up of the back up), that’s why it’s a prerogative that they too, are given education on par with the actual heir’s.

Hatano Yoshinao, Viscount - Direct descendant of the Sengoku daimyo, Hatano-shi and the Hatano clan (a high ranking clan, powerful since the Heian Period), conferred to the peerage (06/05/1917).

Sakuma Samata, Earl

Member of the Chōshū Clan, conferred to the peerage (09/21/1907) due to his outstanding services as General of the Imperial Japanese Army; 5th Governor-General of Taiwan


Aaaand that’s enough rambling. Make of that what you will lol. I should go back to work (even though there’s literally nothing) ww

“Onna-bugeisha  was a type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese nobility. Many women engaged in battle, commonly alongside samurai men. They were members of the bushi(samurai) class in feudal Japan and were trained in the use of weapons to protect their household, family, and honour in times of war. Significant icons such as Tomoe Gozen, Nakano Takeko, andHōjō Masako are famous examples of onna bugeisha.”

-the vintage news

european nobility: name themselves after their castles and holdings like a bunch of chumps
japanese nobility: name themselves after artsy poetic shit like flowers and stars like a bunch of gay dweebs
russian nobility: i’d be able to figure this one out if i knew where they all went to. Where Are These Funny Little Fellers?

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,The story of Princess Deokhye (2)

25th March, 1925 Deokhye began her journey to Japan. Five days later she reached Tokyo and her brother Yi Un’s wife Princess Masako was there awaiting for her arrival. When she recalled the day she met Deokhye 6 decades later, Masako said her face was unnaturally stern for a little girl of her age. Her eyes were two deep wells of melancholy and despair that she expected only from adults who had been through tragedies in their lives. Masako could not believe this young lady from Korea is a young princess.

Unlike some of her people in Korea who were constantly fighting against the Japanese for their freedom and independence, Deokhye had given up any form of struggle. Perhaps her loudest indictment to the invaders was her taciturn and reticent. 

Soon after she settled she was sent to the Gakushuin (学習院), an educational institution set up for the children of Japanese royalties and nobility. In the Gakushuin she met a lot of people from the upper echelon. They did communicate, talk and some times play together but Deokhye never made true friends there. She made herself an introvert who forbidden herself from showing too much joy and emotion in front of the strangers of a foreign nation.

Though she had companies in the Gakushuin, Deokhye was still alone. She was a loner because her closest and dearest family and friends are a thousand miles away. What made it worst was the Japanese government forbade Yi Un from keeping Deokhye in their home. She was under the supervision of her Japanese nannies every second of her life. Her separation from her only Korean relative made her even quieter. 

Deokhye seldom speaks. Even in front of Yi Un and Masako Deokhye appeared to be weirdly silent. In May 1926, Yi Un and Masako was sent to a state visit to Europe. It was the first time Yi Un had to leave her alone in Japan since her arrival. On their departure at the dock, Deokhye remained silent and stern. Yi Un was not expecting a good bye from her even though they all knew the dangerous of never return when they were sent away. Masako was in tears and Yi Un was on the edge of crying. When the whistle blew and the couple went on board, Deokhye spitted out a sentence of simple words.

“Worry not, I will look after myself”, said Deokhye as the couple’s ship left the dock.

Sources: a) Wikipedia/Deokhye b) Baidu/德惠翁主

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Palette of the Month:  Blooming Garden

Hello summer. As much as we loved the delicate hues of spring’s early blooms, we’re bursting into the season with our newest palette, Blooming Garden. Vibrant corals, berries and lavenders are coolly balanced with neutral peaches, tans and browns. Incorporated into walls, furnishings or accents, you’re sure to be inspired by these dynamic colors.

Feeling inspired? Get the colors:

Glidden Sandy Feet | Glidden Sugared Plum | Behr Vermont Cream | Behr Nobility Blue | Glidden Very Berry | Glidden Peach Crayon | Behr Wooden Cabin | Behr Japanese Kimono

Japan: stroll through the bamboo forest

To say that the Sagano Bamboo Grove is otherworldly would be an understatement. With thick green bamboo for as far as the eye can see, the grove’s light is infused with a mystical green tone. Over 1,000 years ago, Arashiyama was a firm favourite with Japanese nobility, and it’s easy to see why. Arashiyama is also famed for its views of cherry blossoms and maples, which are particularly striking in Autumn.

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