Kodomo no Hi: Children's Day in Japan

Kodomo no Hi: Children's Day in Japan

May 5 is Children's Day (こどもの日 Kodomo no Hi) in Japan and koinobori/carp wind streamers swim through the sky! 

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Roman Heavy Metal: When the levy breaks

Roman Heavy Metal: When the levy breaks

Taxes stink, right?  Believe it or not, in ancient Rome there was a Urine Tax! Here's a post on Roman coins and how taxes contributed to the fall of Rome.

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Slaughtering the Spectators: The Nika Riots

Slaughtering the Spectators: The Nika Riots

Imagine going to the Super Bowl (where the teams represent political factions) and having 30,000 fans slaughtered? That's what happened beginning on January 13, 532 AD in Constantinople at the hands of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I in what is now called "The Nika Riots"

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Sol LeWitt's Secret to Success: Collaborative Friendship

Sol LeWitt's Secret to Success: Collaborative Friendship

Sol LeWitt's letter to Eva Hesse:  "Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, grasping,…Stop it and just DO!…Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool. Make your own, your own world. If you fear, make it work for you – draw & paint your fear and anxiety…"

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Every Scroll Tells a Story!

Every Scroll Tells a Story!

Chinese scroll painting may seem tranquil and mundane, but really they are reflections of ever changing politics and philosophy. During the Cultural Revolution, much of China's rich artistic history was destroyed. This essay explains the history of scroll painting, signature seal stamps and explores the 21st century changes brought on by Western influences in China today. 享受Xiǎngshòu!

 

 

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