Ethics and DNA Testing : A focus on the Emperors and Empresses of the Kofun and Ainu of Japan.

Many questions are raised when it comes to ethical standards associated in the anthropology and archaeology fields.  DNA testing is becoming increasingly valued as a primary source of forensic and historical studies and is giving researchers more information than has ever happened in the past.  However, DNA results and the laboratories that store DNA reports… Read More Ethics and DNA Testing : A focus on the Emperors and Empresses of the Kofun and Ainu of Japan.

Japanese Pirates in the Late Medieval and Early Modern East Asia.

In the Japanese language `kaizoku` is the word for pirate but if you ask a Japanese what their image of kaizoku is, they will give an image of a European pirate, or Captain Jack Sparrow, hahaha. In Japan, Murakami pirates, who ruled the Japanese inland sea region in the 16th century are a different breed… Read More Japanese Pirates in the Late Medieval and Early Modern East Asia.

Iwaya castle ruins-Shimazu and Toyotomi samurai battles. Fukuoka, Kyushu.

Iwaya castle ruins sits within Onojo fortress ruins.  Onojo fortress dates back to the 7th century making it probably the oldest fortification in Japan.  Iwaya castle dates back to the 16th century.  Finding information about Iwaya castle has been virtually impossible.  I searched both Japanese and English.  However, I must say on thing that really… Read More Iwaya castle ruins-Shimazu and Toyotomi samurai battles. Fukuoka, Kyushu.

Shotengai in Japan: Nostalgic, Atmospheric Streets Crammed with Cheap, Delicious Eats

Last May a friend of mine (Audrey) from Australia came to Fukuoka and we had a chance to meet up for dinner.  It was great to speak to another Aussie again.  She has her own blog which I’d like to introduce here.  During her time in Fukuoka she did some research into ‘shotengai’ and ‘yatai’. … Read More Shotengai in Japan: Nostalgic, Atmospheric Streets Crammed with Cheap, Delicious Eats