Potential Period Drama Fodder: Chiune Sugihara

Our next Potential Period Drama Fodder has, in fact, already featured in documentaries and an Oscar-winning short film called Visas and Virtue. There is also a movie about him called Persona Non Grata. With this year being the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz , it seems appropriate to mention Chiune Sugihara, whose story … Continue reading Potential Period Drama Fodder: Chiune Sugihara

Potential Period Drama Fodder: Umeko Tsuda

For at least a few weeks, with some exceptions, I will be blogging about awesome historical figures who would make EXCELLENT subjects for period films or dramas. Their life stories are not the typical type we are used to seeing in the Western world, but let's be honest: we need to see different types of … Continue reading Potential Period Drama Fodder: Umeko Tsuda

Reiwa!

Today, April 30th, Japan's Emperor Akihito abdicates. He became the Emperor in 1989.Japan's Emperor is a purely symbolic role. Technically, it's a constitutional monarchy, but I'm not sure of what official governmental roles the imperial family actually fulfill except to be symbols of Japan.Japan tells time by eras, like many historical periods. There's the Edo-jidai … Continue reading Reiwa!

23andme results!

As a quick refresher, when I blogged about my Ancestry DNA results, they were originally:This week, Ancestry sent me an email and a refined result. Those were:I hadn't gotten my 23andme results on Saturday, when the Ancestry update came through, but they were ready on Sunday!Now, to be clear, I have been raised and identify … Continue reading 23andme results!

February’s always been a weird month for me

February's always been a weird month for me.It's the dead of winter up here in the northeast, with very up and down temperatures and strange weather altogether. During adolescence and up into my early twenties, I used go into an almost-legendary annual February depression. Thinking back on it, I think it was mostly Seasonal Affective … Continue reading February’s always been a weird month for me