Mount Aoba. 203.16 meters in height, its peak has a commanding view of most of modern Sendai. It is home to museums, two major shrines, historic ruins, and some of Sendai city’s old growth forest. Today, much of its significance to Sendai city comes from its history as the site…


Folks, this is a post to explain the new goal on the Patreon at http://patreon.com/riversidewings and to talk a bit about what you’re making possible and where I hope to take things.

Right now, we’re at $666, and it’s helping me devote more time to creating Friday Night History, my…


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Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve looked at two cartographers of the late Edo period, Ino Hanzaemon and his disciple Mamiya Rinzo…


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80-yen memorial stamp of Ino Tadataka issued by the Japan Post
80-yen memorial stamp of Inō Tadataka. (Image PD)

Last week, we looked at Mamiya Rinzō, his surveys of Ezochi- the land we now call Hokkaido, Sakhalin, and the Kurile Islands- and…


Folks, Season 1 of Friday Night History is coming to a close soon- though the series itself has been running for exactly 2 years as of my writing these words. The stats on Anchor.com …


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Today, Japanese maps (and world maps) take for granted that Hokkaido and Sakhalin are islands. This is not surprising. But there was a…


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Kanze Sakon performs the Noh play Okina in 1939. (image PD)

Noh, a traditional form of Japanese theater that derives from an older form called sarugaku, is pretty well known in the world- it’s…


Folks, hello! It’s been awhile, hasn’t it?

To offer a word of re-introduction, I am Dr. Nyri A. Bakkalian: Novelist, artist, recovering academic, raconteur, and Your Favorite Historydyke. You might know me from my podcast Friday Night History, you might know me from my Twitch stream, or you might know…


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Originally published at http://riverside-wings.com on June 2, 2021.


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There’s a rule for good satire: punch up.

This was no less the case in the Edo period. And one of the major…

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