the fire nation is not japan

nytimes.com
Bigotry and Fraud Scandal at Kindergarten Linked to Japan’s First Lady
An ultraconservative school backed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife is facing claims of promoting discrimination and of receiving illicit financial favors.
By Jonathan Soble

At Tsukamoto Kindergarten, an ultraconservative school at the center of a swirling Japanese political scandal, children receive the sort of education their prewar great-grandparents might have recognized.

They march in crisp rows to military music. They recite instructions for patriotic behavior laid down by a 19th-century emperor. The intent, the school says, is to “nurture patriotism and pride” in the children of Japan, “the purest nation in the world.”

Now Tsukamoto and its traditionalist supporters — including the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — are under fire. The school has been accused of promoting bigotry against Chinese and Koreans and of receiving illicit financial favors from the government.

A growing outcry has put Mr. Abe’s conservative administration on the defensive and drawn attention to the darker side of an increasingly influential right-wing education movement in Japan.

anonymous asked:

Sorry if I'm bothering you but can you share why you think avatar is bad?

hoo boy man ur asking for a lot bc that show is a complete and utter M E S S. first, heres the main phrase my tibetan ass wants u to think about: its a show using asian/indigenous ppl and their devastating histories made by ignorant weeaboo white men. I want to write about it in detail bc i’ve always wanted to say something about this but never rly got around to doing it. maybe ill send this in letter format to the writers lol. anyways im going to split this up into parts. I’ll put a readmore bc its kinda long

@bryankonietzko take a nice long look if u still use tumblr lmao

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I’m watching The Legend of Korra for the first time, and I’m noticing a lot of things in this world I didn’t before. The world of Avatar is set in a Chinese-themed environment, made excessively clear through the use of ancient and traditional Chinese characters and variations on Chinese martial arts, not to mention aesthetic and philosophical themes. But the antagonists of TLoK use a lot of Japanese imagery (the rising sun, white and red tones, etc.). Amon even wears the red sun on his mask. Not to mention they’re extremely ideologically motivated. Even in The Last Airbender, The Fire Nation (while still being extremely Chinese) was an industrializing, expansive, militaristic nation based in a group of islands that idolized their Fire Lord.

I didn’t realize it before because when I watched AtLA for the first time, I was a kid and didn’t know anything about China. But it’s really interesting to see how the protagonists in the Avatar universe push markedly positive Chinese (mixed Confucian and Taoist) themes of harmony, balance, peace, and cooperation, whereas the antagonists represent the negative Japanese themes of expansionism, militarism, fanaticism, and nationalism. I don’t even think I would argue that this is xenophobic, since Japan has inflicted unbelievable damage to China because of these beliefs, and the show make it excessively clear that the Fire Nation’s people aren’t evil. They even show it as a beautiful country, with good people inside of it, but with a highly destructive ideology.

It almost seems like the show’s creators wanted to convey to non-Chinese audiences the antagonisms between China and Japan, as well as metaphors for their history, while veering away from “China always good Japan always bad” rhetoric. I also think that representing the Fire Nation as Chinese, but with a Japanese ideology was smart, as a move to let audiences connect Fire Nation folk with the characters and environments they already know.

Overall this is one theme out of many, I’m loving TLoK so far.

We shouldn’t try to find one-to-one parallels when we try to equate Avatar events and cultures to real life ones, since a lot of the stuff in Avatar is a mix of different things (like how the Fire Nation also has Korean and Thai influences in additional to Japaneses ones), but I still find it both interesting and funny to point of parallels because: 

  • We start off with the Fire Nation (Imperialist Japan mixed with fascist ideology) taking over regions that represent Tibet, another that’s a mix of different Chinese eras, and two lands that have both Inuit and Native American Influences
  • I wish I had a proper source, but the Drill seems to be inspired by one of Hitler’sw failed oplans to to druill under the English Channel or something like that. Something like a secret tunnel (haar har). 
  • D-Day fails (”The Day of Black Sun”)
  • But then, the Allies eventually succeed in taking down the fascist power 
  • While in real life there’s a much more complex history of imperialism, the comics and Korra IMMEDIATELY give imperialism a a big fuck you by showing how 1) imperialism sucks and is beneficial to NO ONE (not even the guys spreading it), and 2) at the end of the day mutual trade is more beneficial than imperialism and colonialism.
    • But that’s not the point I really want to focus on. What I find hilarious is that, to do this, we start to see shift where the world turns into 19th century Japan a bit in that sense that everyone is much more open to trade. (minus the opart where Avatar!Matthew Perry forces everyone to open up their ports). 
      • Although, it should probably be noted that this process began during the war, and that, as we see in “The Promise,” it’s not exactly a fair system. 
  •  Anyway, what’s  also kind of funny is that the Water Tribes are now apparently going to be like the Middle East with the oil drilling plot with “North and South.” But, the kicker is, the people coming over to fill in the role of the Western countries is the South’s sister tribe. So, it would be like if Saudia Arabia had already been this large, unified state in the wake of the Ottoman Empire’s fall, and now they’re going over to claim other, smaller states in the name of unity and technological innovation (ok, maybe not the best, most accurate analogy, but I tried). 
    • They’re even using all the usual arguments for imperialism, like damn.
  • LOK, of course, continued this tradition by giving us the Equalists as a stand in for the Communists, Unalaq being a really badly done theocrat, Zaheer being  an actual anarchist, and Kuvira being a fascist. 

And, while there are some holes in the story’s lore, and while many of these stories could have been improved upon (whether it be in the show in the comics), I commend both show and comics for trying to continue this theme. 

But honestly, what makes Avatar such an awesome series in terms of worldbuilding is that you can look at any number of historical events and ask yourself “what would the Avatar equivalent of this be?” And if you’re lucky you might be able to find something. Also it’s fun because of the all the historical parallels, and because headcanons are fics are really fun to make. 

HWTR to doing something outdoorsy

Anon Request: HTWR to you making them go do something outdoorsy (I don’t really care what. You could write about a hiking trip, a visit to a national park, hell even a hunting trip if you’re into that tbh)


Max: (Hiking Trip) I feel like Max would be the one to complain a lot, both because he wanted to get under your skin and because he genuinely meant half of what he was complaining about. I can definitely see him pointing out some obvious shit like, “Wow, who would’ve thought the woods had this many trees.”

-Multiple water breaks

-“What the fUCK! Another fucking bloodsucking, piece of shit, good for nothing mosquito bit me!”

-“Max, I think we’re going the wrong way.”

-“You’re not the one with the map, cunt. I know where we’re going.”

-Trips over twigs constantly, even ends up stabbing his ankles with broken sticks

-Realizes he’s been holding the map upside down the whole time

-“I think we’re lost.”

-Gets ahead of you a lot even though he has no idea where he is or what he’s doing

-Attempts to act like one of those survivalist guys but ends up failing after he gets a splinter from trying to ‘make a fire’

-Once he gets home, he makes sure you baby the crap out of him, attending to every need he has

-“I did enough for today, now go run my bath.”


Joji: (National Park Visit) He would definitely be up for it, he seems like the outdoorsy type, probably always looking for some shit to do outside. Joji’s visited Japan multiple times, biking and walking up mountains, so he would teach you a few things.

-Dresses like a dad

-Wears a hat

-He would be the one to take a lot of pictures of the scenery, but more of you admiring the scenery

-I feel like Joji wouldn’t mind the outdoors thing tbh

-Always suggesting to explore certain areas

-Begs for you two to stay until the park closes

-“The stars must look amazing at night.”

-“Y/N, look at this!”

-Though you’re the one that suggested the trip, he’s somehow more adventurous and outgoing than you are

-Climbs boulders so you can take edgy pictures of him

-Stargazing is a must for you two

-“That one looks like a deer.” he’d say while looking at the stars

-“Joji…they look like a bunch of pretty sparkling dots.”

-“Not as pretty as you.”

-“Gay.”


Ian: (Teaching him soccer) Ian would definitely try to make excuses to get out of it. I can see him not wanting to partake although he was the one that kept egging you on about doing something outdoorsy with him.

-Clumsy

-Misses the shot every time

-No coordination

-“What the fuck, Y/N. Kick it to me!”

-“I did…but you missed it.”

-Gets irritated with each failed kick

-“Stop blocking the net thing.”

-Doesn’t even know what the point of the game is

-Makes excuses so you can show him how to position his hips, but really he just wants you to put your hands on him and to see your ass

-Fakes injuries so you can get penalties

-You get to see his legs in shorts

-Tries hitting the ball with his head, ends up hitting it with his face instead

-You’re on nosebleed duty

-“Why couldn’t we do this indoors?”

-Trips over his own two feet

-Having to put bandaids over his smallest scrapes because he claims they’d get infected and he’d die


Chad: (Camping) Chad would be a lot like Max but a little more clueless and less complaining. He’d definitely try to change your mind about returning back home and going back to your snug bed. Camping would be a mutual agreement between the both of you for a nicely shared bonding moment for you two.

-Refuses to sleep in a separate sleeping bag

-Complains about how cold it gets

-“I told you to bring a sweater.”

-Scares you every chance he gets

-Scary stories

-Burns his mouth while eating s’mores

-Wakes you in the morning with loud Tarzan shouting

-Somehow gets poison ivy

-Suggests skinny dipping in the river

-Lots of cutesy alone time

-Cuddles to the extreme

-Stargazing next to the fire

-Him pissing on the fire to put it out soon after


HowToBasic: (Bike Riding)

-Screeches at you to make you fall off of your bike

-Has his own little basket full of eggs

-Pelts eggs at you to make you lose your balance

-Occasionally makes his wheel touch yours to scare you

-Rides in front of you just to brake unexpectedly, making your heart fall out of your ass

-Makes a pitstop to buy more eggs since he’s running out, meanwhile you’re completely covered in them

fanwright  asked:

Just found you and I like what I see! You ever look into the Second Sino-Japanese War? A lot of what you say about the war in the Earth Kingdom has parallels to this.

It’s funny that you should ask that, because I just started reading “When Tigers Fight: The Story of the Second Sino-Japanese War, 1927-1945”. I felt it was the natural progression for my reading about Asia after finishing some reading on the Korean War.

Not going to lie – a lot of the parallels are unintentional. For example, I was unaware of the exact political position of Japan regarding China at this time in the early 1900s. Here’s what Yosuke Matsuoka, a subsequent Japanese Foreign Minister, told a reporter after the war began: 

“China and Japan are two brothers who have inherited a great mansion called Eastern Asia. … The ne’er-do-well elder brother [China] turned a dope fiend and a rogue, but the younger [Japan], lean but rugged and ambitious, ever dreamed of bringing back past glories to the old house. … The younger, in a towering rage, beat up the elder – trying to beat into him some sense of shame and awaken some pride in the noble traditions of the great house.” (When Tigers Fight, p. 3). 

The context for the above statement was the increasing Western influence in China, which Japan viewed as weakness on the part of China. I think this translates well to the Fire Nation: imperialism and some sense of duty towards the Earth Kingdom to rid it of its poor society.

Something else I was unaware of was the amount of political infighting within the Chinese command. Apparently it was like a feudal system, with generals using soldiers to further their own interests. One general even had his own currency. I don’t think I’ve made too many posts concerning the Earth Army, but I was certainly heading in this direction.

There’s also some interesting stuff regarding Chinese civilian responses to the Japanese invasion of Beijing, at least in the early part of the war. Apparently Japanese soldiers were “astonished at the Chinese toleration of their coming, as if the Chinese did not feel that they had a nation worth fighting for.” (p. 4). A Red Cross observer noted that the farmers in the area “plainly considered their destiny was to till their own few square feet of soil, whoever ran the nation…” (p. 29). But I’m at a loss to explain the Earth Kingdom’s ability to continue the fight for so long. What drove the soldiers of the Earth Kingdom? Were they defending their homeland? Were they pressed into service and forced to fight?

I am, however, relatively aware of the military similarities regarding the Hundred Year War and the Sino-Japanese war. In “Tales By Japanese Soldiers” by Tamayama Kazuo, which is essentially a collection of interviews/diary entries, some of the soldiers recount just how different it was fighting against the British as opposed to the Chinese. Japan was the modern military, well equipped and well trained. China was using outdated equipment and tactics, but it had an immense amount of soldiers. I read that book quite a while ago and it has definitely informed some of my posts.

So to answer your question more specifically: prior to a couple of days ago I had not looked in depth into the Second Sino-Japanese War, although I was aware of pieces of it through other sources. I happen to have just begun a book on the topic recently, and I’ll probably continue reading about it for a few weeks.

KnB characters as History of Japan quote (I'm so gonna regret this)

Kuroko: “That sucks,” they said. “This sucks!”

Kagami: Knock knock. It’s the United States. With huge boats. With guns. Gunboats. “Open the country. Stop having it be closed.” said the United States.

Kise: and the United States started helping Britain, because they are ♫ good friends ♫ and started not helping Japan because ♫ their friends and our friends are not friends, plus they’re planning on invading the entire ocean ♫

Midorima: So if you live outside the palace, how are you supposed to protect your shit from criminals? ♫ hire a samurai ♫

Takao: So now who’s it gonna be? Vote now on your phones! And everyone voted so hard, that the palace caught on fire and burned down.

Aomine: “Hi China,” they said. “Hi dipshit,” said China.

Momoi: Japan is an island by the sea filled with volcanoes and it’s ♫ beautiful ♫

Murasakibara: That means if you own the farm, you own a lot of food, which is something everybody needs to ♫ survive ♫

Himuro: And Japan says, “Can you maybe chill?” And Russia says, “How about maybe you chill?”

Akashi: “no, don’t do that, if you’re in the League of Nations you’re not supposed to take over the world,” and Japan said, “♫ how bout I do anyway ♫”

Mayuzumi: The shogun actually didn’t care, he was somewhere doing poetry. 

Nijimura: “Please try this religion,” he said. “No,” said everybody. “Try it,” he said. “No,” said everybody again, quieter this time.

Haizaki: “We have invaded China,” said the Mongols. “Please respect us, or we might invade you as well.” “Okay,” said Japan. So the Mongols came over, ready for war, and then died in a tornado. They tried again, and had a nice time fighting with the Japanese, but then died in a tornado

Kyushu - Japan

Kyushu is the third largest island in Japan, and is known for its lush green gardens, and thermal hot springs. Home to a chain of volcanoes, including Japan’s most active volcano, Mt Aso, Kyushu is sometimes referred to as “Land Of Fire”. 

The island has six national parks, and numerous Japanese gardens all around the island, that feature vibrant colours and unique shapes. 

Can anyone help me with East Asian history of fashion?

I need a little help! I’m trying to figure out the real world references behind the world of Avatar, especially on the clothing (and also the architecture) through the different nations.

As for the clothing, while it’s pretty simple to see the inspiration behind the Water Tribes and Air Nomads, I’m not so sure about the Earth Kingdom and the Fire Nation.

Doing some research, I’ve come to the conclusion that the Earth Kingdom style is mostly that of Qing Dynasty-China, especially for aristocracy in Ba Sing Se (even though across the kingdom a lot of other influences can be found, for example Song’s Korean hanbok or Toph’s Tang dynasty dress, or the Kyoshi warriors’ japanese clothing, but these are few exceptions.) 

But the Fire Nation? I’ve read somewhere the Fire Nation supposedly corresponds to Imperial Japan, but while I would agree in terms of maybe military clothing and certainly technology–the navy is clearly very advanced compared to others, definitely post-industrialization–I can’t say the same for the clothing.  I’ve read somewhere else they might recall Chinese Tang Dynasty, but couldn’t find evidence. While the robes worn by the royals might actually remind me of medieval Chinese fashion, I can’t quite understand the aristocracy and common peasant clothing (remember the Gaang’s Fire Nation attire). Everything seems to point in different directions, even other different Asian cultures (maybe even Southern Asia?)

Also, has anyone noticed any differences in the architecture styles as well?

I’m very interested in discovering the inspiration behind the show, especially because I’m enamoured with fashion history and Asian cultures (though my knowledge about eastern clothing is still rather weak). So if anyone would share their knowledge to help me solve this it would be much appreciated :)

Dear North Korea,

Japan, China, South Korea, the US, and many other nations all have told you to stop and yet you persist.

You DO realize you are out numbered and out gunned and this won’t be a war it will be a blood bath with your people dead in the end?

Keep firing those failed missiles and see what happens. Just try it. You have a world of haters all aiming their -working- missiles at you bitches.

PS, your leader looks like a big dumb doofus and probably has a small dick and that is why he needs big missiles. He needs therapy and an execution.

Sincerely,
The world.

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BTS new choreo to “FIRE”. WHY HAVE I NEVER SEEN THIS?!?!?

cr.  바닐라꾸기 (헤아)

“Mr. Trump, this year Secretary Clinton became the first woman nominated for President by a major party. Earlier this month you said she doesn’t have “a Presidential look.” She’s standing here right now. What did you mean by that?”

Donald Trump: “She doesn’t have the look. She doesn’t have the stamina. I said she doesn’t have the stamina. And I don’t believe she does have the stamina. To be President of this country, you need tremendous stamina.”

“The quote was, ‘I just don’t think she has a Presidential look.’”

Donald Trump: Wait a minute, Lester, you asked me a question. Did you ask me a question?  You have to be able to negotiate our trade deals. You have to be able to negotiate, that’s right, with Japan, with Saudi Arabia. […] You have so many different things you have to be able to do and I don’t believe that Hillary has the stamina.”

“Let’s let Hillary respond.”

Hillary Clinton: “As soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease fire, a release of dissidents, an opening of new opportunities in nations around the world, or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a Congressional committee, he can talk to be about stamina.”

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to raise North Korean missile launches at G7 summit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he wants to raise the issue of North Korean missile launches at the G7 summit after the hermit kingdom fired a midrange ballistic missile in its latest missile test.

Mr Abe said he wanted a “thorough discussion” of the launches when the G7 summit meets later this month in Italy.

“I would like to have a thorough discussion about this at the G7 summit,” Mr Abe told reporters after a meeting of the National Security Council.

North Korea launched a ballistic missile from its west coast towards the Sea of Japan, and it likely landed outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, Japan’s top government spokesman said earlier.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said it did not cause damage to ships or aeroplanes.

The rocket was fired from a location near Pukchang, north of Pyongyang, and flew about 500km (310 miles) eastward, South Korea’s Office of Joint chiefs said in a statement.

White House officials travelling in Saudi Arabia with President Donald Trump said the system, last tested in February, has a shorter range than the missiles launched in North Korea’s most recent tests.

“We are aware that North Korea launched an MRBM. This system, last tested in February, has a shorter range than the missiles launched in North Korea’s three most recent tests,” a White House official said.

China had no immediate comment while both South Korea and Japan called emergency meetings of top officials.

“South Korea and the United States are closely analysing the launch for further information,” South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

“Our military is closely monitoring the North Korean military for any further provocation and maintaining readiness to respond.”

On Saturday, North Korea said it had developed the capability to strike the US mainland, although Western missile experts say the claim is exaggerated.

“The US mainland and the Pacific operational theatre are within the strike range of the DPRK and the DPRK has all kinds of powerful means for annihilating retaliatory strike,” North Korea’s state KCNA news agency said.

North Korea’s official name is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

anonymous asked:

What do each of the 2p nations fear the most?

2p Italy: Failure, even the possibility of something bad happening.

2p Germany: Large snakes, especially the poisonous ones.

2p Japan: Bugs or any other kind of insect. The bigger it is, the worse.

2p Romano: Dirt or being dirty.

2p Prussia: The dark. It makes him feel alone and insecure.

2p America: Death; not just the idea of it, but the effects it has on others.

2p England: Big fires; not like a bonfire, but a full-on disastrous fires.

2p France: Being in love or feeling a particular emotion over all others.

2p China: Really small places or large compressed crowds.

2p Russia: Really loud sounds, especially those that sound like gunfire.

2p Canada: Ghosts or other supernatural beings.