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Diorama in Hakata Machiya Folk Museum of the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival (博多祇園山笠)

Diorama in Hakata Machiya Folk Museum of the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival (博多祇園山笠)

I have never been fortunate enough to be in Fukuoka for the first half of July to witness first hand the Hakata Gion Yamakasa, but the display, in miniature, at the nearby museum is pretty cool.


恐竜 National Museum of Nature and Science Tokyo

恐竜 – National Museum of Nature and Science (Ueno, Tokyo, Japan)

Egyptian Sarcophagus

Sarcophagus of Horkhebit metropolitan museum of art new york city black egypt statue

Sarcophagus of Horkhebit in New York’s Met

My random, desktop image of the day is from our trip to New York a few summers ago. I tried to find out information on this sarcophagus online, and I hit the jackpot. Here it was before coming out of the ground over 110 years ago after laying there for 2,500 years!

Toyota Museum (トヨタ博物館)


History lesson in Toyota Museum (Nagoya, Japan)

These types of museums aren’t normally my thing, but when you don’t have any plans on a brutally hot and humid summer day in Nagoya this is a decent place to be. Unlike the museums I visited on this same trip in Korea, this one had air conditioning. I had no desire to leave.

Part of this museum deals with Toyota’s first business (when they were known as Toyoda), the mechanical loom. The rest is, of course, about the automobiles and includes many early models. Japanese models/tour guides are happy to tell you more than you’d like to know about the cars. I don’t know if the models speak English, but most of the displays are in (broken) English as well as Japanese.

Sadaharu Oh Baseball Museum

王貞治ベースボールミュージアム Oh Sadaharu Baseball Museum

Oh Sadaharu Baseball Museum (王貞治ベースボールミュージアム)

Chikuzen Province (筑前国)

Hakata Machiya Folk Museum diorama

Diorama in Hakata Machiya Folk Museum (Fukuoka, Japan)

I read a good chunk of Samurai Revolution when I was the passenger on our way to and from Portland this past weekend. I just finished an exciting part of the book (about when Satsuma and Choshu formed their alliance in 1866).

Reading about the Five Banished Nobles (including the future Prime Minister of Japan, Sanjo Sanetomi 三条実美), and how they bid their time in Dazaifu, reminded me of this photo. Because immediately after taking this picture, a retired Japanese history professor struck up a conversation with me and before I knew it he was escorting me to Dazaifu.

Now I feel like I need to return to Japan to check out some more spots mentioned in Samurai Revolution which I have yet to visit. Also, I will be able to ask some more educated questions of my retired Japanese history professor since I more fully understand the history of this part of Japan. And yet there’s so much more fascinating history that I could never fully consume in my lifetime.

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