Thursday, 22 January 2009

The Obakemono Project: A Gaijin's Guide to the Fantastic Folk Monsters of Japan.

'In English-speaking nations, Japan's popular culture has of late enjoyed immense popularity in the form of animation, comic books, and video games, and Godzilla and his fellow giant rubber-suit monsters have always had a cult following. But the kaijū's older cousins, the yōkai, remain largely a footnote and a curiosity in the West. Occasionally they sneak over in the form of a low-budget monster movie, or show up altered, toned-down, or romanticized into unrecognizability in an imported cartoon popular with teens. Yet much of the fertile, monstrous imagination contained in old Japanese folklore and art has never been collected, translated, and presented to the English-speaking world. '

Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts.

Collected by Jewish scholar and all-round genius David Kaufmann :

Easy Puzzle.

How can you give someone $63 using six bills, without using any one dollar bills? (Valid bills are $1, $2, $5,, $10, $20, $50).

The Fighting Filipinos.

WW2 poster. Interesting comments, too.

Chick Tracts.

'Chick tracts are short Evangelical-themed tracts created by American publisher Jack Chick. Chick tracts are styled as comics and are often controversial for their enthusiastic endorsement of fundamentalist Christianity and condemnation of other religions and other denominations, especially Catholicism.'

Train Graveyard in Bolivia.

'A weird place outside Uyuni in Bolivia, full of old, dead trains from the USA and UK, rusting away in the sun and the salty winds from nearby Salar de Uyuni.'

Black and Asian History in Canning Town, East London.

'This online resource charts the history of the black and Asian community in Canning Town, east London, in the 1920s and 1930s. It tells the story of the Coloured Men's Institute and its founder, Kamal Chunchie, a man who can rightly be called east London's first black and Asian community leader.'

Colour on the Thames (1935).

'This film is tricky to describe: is it a boat study, a film-poem, an experiment, a picture postcard? One thing is certain: it's a rare colour snapshot of the Thames and London in the 1930s...'

Indigenous National Festival, Brazil.

'A meeting to celebrate life, culture and traditions.'

Circus Poster, 1970.

'A poster advertising the Polish Circus in 1970. Circus was a state-funded art in Poland, and the graphic design it inspired was as varied and imaginative as the circus acts themselves. Hubert Hilscher's acrobatic and decorative lion is a creature that can be compared to the animals in his famous zoo posters - colourful, wild, aggressive and funny.'

Zora Neale Hurston, 1938.

Part of the African Americans set :

Mikhail Maiofis Illustrations.

'Mikhail Maiofis was born in St. Petersburg Russia and was an accomplished artist at a very young age. He is best known for his illustrations of children's books, most notably the famous Adventures of Baron Von Munchausen. His work is in both private and public collections throughout the world, and he is listed as one of the top 100 Russian artists of the century. '

Abandoned Russian Polar Lighthouses.

Astro Pics.

Alpine Conjunction.

Lenticular Cloud over New Zealand.

Suspension Bridge Solargraph.

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