Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Japanese Tea Party


Today's picture is from the early 1900's, and shows Japanese children enjoying a tea party. I notice boys at this one, which we have not seen so far this week.

11 comments:

  1. I understand that serving tea in Japan is a ritual and has to be done very precisely.
    I remember the scene from the movie Shogun with Richard Chamberlain

    ReplyDelete
  2. My brother is a missionary in Japan and has sent some beautiful tea sets and little Japanese tea pots to my mother. She went to visit a few years ago and took part in a tea ceremony that she said was beautiful. For another glimpse of a tea ceremony in a movie, also try "Sayonara" (if you haven't seen it, you should, but bring tissues).

    ReplyDelete
  3. Is this usual; for the girl seems to be enjoying equal status eating instead of serving? It's a postcard perfect scene to be sure. I guess I'm jaded. Considering the timeline I can't help but wonder if these two young boys were part of the wholesale slaughter that took place in China. A few timers (fortunate to survive ) told me of their experiences as part of the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere.

    John

    ReplyDelete
  4. John - what slaughter? I'm not sure I know that history.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Me too!!
    what slaughter?

    ReplyDelete
  6. It started with Japan invading Manchuria in 1931.

    This link has a good map.

    http://unimaps.com/chinaLongMarch/index.html

    Do a Google search on the "Rape of Nanking". Warning...heavy on atrocities.

    John

    ReplyDelete
  7. The Japanese military slaughtered, raped and plundered their way across China in the late 1930s and 40s. Google rape of Nanking, for starters.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Sorry for the repost. Here's the link again...

    http://unimaps.com/chinaLongMarch
    /index.html


    John

    ReplyDelete
  9. The purpose of the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere, created in 1940 by Japan, was ostensibly to oust western imperialist powers from Asia but in reality its purpose was to claim large territories for Japan under a unified Asian banner.

    Perhaps the wholesale slaughter that John is referring to is The Rape of Nanking aka the Nanjing Massacre, which occurred at the end of 1937, although this was not the only war-time atrocity committed by the Japanese Imperial Army. Many current revisionists claim the Rape of Nanking didn't happen or that it in no way was as brutal as it reported. 300,000 people were killed by the Japanese Imperial Army in Nanking, what was then China's capital city, within the space of 6 weeks. It wasn't enough that half the populace was killed, it was the brutal methods that the Japanese Imperial Army employed to eradicate the men, women, and children in the city. An "International Safety Zone", established by a handful of Westerners in the heart of Nanking, saved 300,000 from certain death. Skepticism for the gruesome atrocities as well as focused interest on Europe meant that those in the west had little to no knowledge or interest in what occurred in Asia.

    ReplyDelete
  10. PJM's comment on the Weimar Republic's downfall and the current world economic situation is true.History will repeat itself, it always does, especially where greed and powerlust reign free. Plus the writing is on the wall, we are being herded into a New World Order like sheep. Educate youselves and prepare,tough times are ahead.

    I can't help wondering PJM if your efforts to become a gentleman farmer is really your strategy for ensuring your family's survival.

    One very smart man here.

    Cheers from Downunder

    ReplyDelete
  11. "These postings are becoming too violent for me."

    ReplyDelete