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SALUTATIONS you fantastic denizens of the internet! The first #FridayNightHistory of 2021 is here! This week, a new mystery: the true name of "John Williams," Japanese Veteran of the American Civil War.

Yeah, you heard right. And he's not the only one, either.
Now-- I know, I know. Ordinarily you see me talking about the Japanese aftermath of the US Civil War, in the form of people and surplus equipment from the US that ended up there during the Boshin War.
I find myself in pursuit of the opposite, today. @DuPertweet brought a tweet by @KyleMizokami to my attention, with photos of an article talking about Asian-American/Pacific Islander veterans of the US Civil War in general and 2 Japanese vets in particular.
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A spontaneous #thread exploring the question: why study (why am *I* studying) the post-1853 Shogunate Army and Navy?

I dunno, why study a historic example of how any military in history is founded and shaped?
Obviously war wasn't new to Japan, nor was military organization, C3, or anything else. But aside from brief, periodic action to contain agrarian and urban uprising, there wasn't any war in Japan since the Shimabara Rebellion in 1638.
The thing is, Japanese armies were built around systems of vassalage. In the case of my guys up north, the house of Date, the Lord Date had his own direct troops but then he had senior vassals who had their own troops who answered to their boss first before answering to Lord Date
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SALUTATIONS you denizens of the internet! The time has come for #FridayNightHistory and today our story is THE MOUSTACHE OF DESTINY: Nagaoka Gaishi's Epic Muttonchops
Muttonchops.

They're a variant of sideburns, and one of the quintessential forms of 19th century masculine facial hair grooming in the west.
After the Boshin War (1868-1869) and the birth of the modern Imperial Japanese Army and Navy, this sort of splendiferous facial hair also spread in popularity among officers, who had studied alongside Prussians, French, and Americans who sported similar grooming styles.
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Yes, it's that magical time once again! After a week of hiatus, it is time for #FridayNightHistory in which I try a radical change of topic and answer the question: what is the northernmost train station that's ever been in Japanese territory?
Let's talk about Sakhalin.

Geographically, Sakhalin is part of the Japanese archipelago. It is now Russian territory. And of the indigenous peoples of that region who lived and still live there, one of the most prominent were the Nivkh, who are also sometimes called Gilyak.
Nivkh has a lot of loan words with Ainu, because of lengthy interaction between the two cultures. This includes the word koton-- cognate with the Ainu word kotan-- meaning "town." Keep that word in mind, it's going to matter in a little while.
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This week on #FridayNightHistory: US Navy slapdash gunboat diplomacy prompts Japan's naval modernization, *before* Perry and 1853. "The Shove Heard Round the World," Part 3 of 3, begins NOW!
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Commodore Biddle's slapdash attempt at gunboat diplomacy in the summer of 1846 failed, hampered especially by the fact that neither the US personnel nor the Japanese officials had anything in common for communication beyond a mutually tenuous grasp of Dutch and classical Chinese.
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SALUTATIONS, you magnificent denizens of the Twitterverse! This is #FridayNightHistory and this week we talk Part 2 of "Ranald MacDonald, the First ALT." The US Navy, Dutch merchants, and one tenacious whaler who really really wanted to teach English intersect herein!
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This is Part 2 of a series. For Part 1, see
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SALUTATIONS, you denizens of the Twitterverse! It's time for #FridayNightHistory, and Part 1 of a series! "Ranald MacDonald, the First ALT."
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For the first time, a Friday Night History topic has to be in two parts. I know, right? A topic that's long enough that I feel like I want to split it up. Wild!
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So it's #ADHDAwarenessMonth and as you may know, that's every month for me. I'm still learning how to live with it, but then all of us are. I hope those of you who do not have to contend with it, will rise above tropes or using it as a punch line, and try to understand us instead
It isn't "oh look a squirrel lol," it's "I need to draw so I can pay attention," "I can't learn a new language in a classroom but I can teach it to myself," "why are you insisting I look up from work to look at a meme, COME ON I CAN'T TEAR MY ATTENTION AWAY OR IT'LL VANISH," etc.
And somehow, I've done my share of amazing things, too. I've written a doctoral dissertation, published a novel, been an intepreter, written award winning essays, and every week I make a new #FridayNightHistory.

So I don't need fixing. I need understanding.
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Salutations, you fantastic denizens of the internet! The thread is #FridayNightHistory and we're here to talk about Asakusa Danzaemon in the Boshin War-- because hey, why not? Image
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(podcast version available at patreon.com/posts/podcast-…)

We have to start from the theoretical, this week, and then work our way to the personal. Bear with me.

So let's talk about caste (mibun seido 身分制度) in Edo period Japan.
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SALUTATIONS, you marvelous souls of the Twitterverse! The time has come for #FridayNightHistory and talk of an artist at war, gaps in historical source material, and history as a living thing. Image
#FridayNightHistory is made possible by readers like you. Support this and more via Patreon bit.ly/2lVqvv2, send 1-time donation here: bit.ly/2lQfdZ8 , or buy my new novel #GreyDawn via bit.ly/greydawnebook ! You rock my world!
History is a living thing. And like any living thing, it is not perfect-- it has gaps of many kinds
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SALUTATIONS you magnificent shining stars of the Twitterverse! It is time once again for the felicitous event of #FridayNightHistory and a thread about the Kamakura era local office of JITO 地頭! Image
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So before we talk about jito, we need to talk about shoen 荘園. Shoen were estates across Japan in the Heian era (794-1185) from which the imperial court, the court nobles, and major temples drew their income.
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WELCOME DENIZENS OF THE TWITTERVERSE! #FridayNightHistory is the thread, and before my power and/or internet drops again, let's get rolling and talk about video game depictions of Japanese history! Not an exhaustive list by any means, but certainly, I hope, a beginning.
Some of these are new, some of them are (very) old, but I hope that they will be a good assortment from which any of you who are interested readers can get your start.
So at the top of the list is Shogun 2 and its offshoots. Not too long ago I chatted about Shogun 2 with @jkass99 on @lions_by -- it's good, it's difficult, and because of that, it's quite realistic.
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BEHOLD, IT IS THAT TIME ONCE MORE! #FridayNightHistory and time to gather round and talk about Hiroshima, Fax Machines, and how The Old (Samurai) Days Were Really Not That Long Ago At all!
Folks, #FridayNightHistory is a labor of love brought to Twitter by readers like you. Support this and more via Patreon bit.ly/2lVqvv2, send 1-time donation here: bit.ly/2lQfdZ8 , or buy my new novel #GreyDawn via bit.ly/greydawnpaperb… ! You rock my world!
So a bunch of you tagged me in that viral tweet the other day about "samurai could've used fax machines," and folks by and large seemed surprised that samurai weren't all that ancient. And they really weren't!
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HARK! THE TIME IS UPON US! #FridayNightHistory is the thread, #taiyaki is the topic, and it's time to talk pastry!
Today is the day my book #GreyDawn comes out (bit.ly/greydawnebook !) , and the word for "celebratory" or "felicitous" is "medetai." Today is indeed a medetai day-- and this has to do with our subject for tonight, the marvelous hotcake-waffle pastry called #taiyaki Image
Taiyaki derive from something called imagawayaki-- disc-shaped pastries that are part bun, part waffle, enclosed and traditionally with red bean inside. But imagawayaki are relatively simple in terms of shape. Taiyaki are a step further complex.
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And primary sources like Ietada's (pictured, here he is with his fabulous helmet crest) can help us understand their times better. Image
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I'm Nyri and this has been #FridayNightHistory ! Thank you, Twitter! GOODNIGHT!

...Now, questions?

/thread
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SALUTATIONS, you wonderful denizens of Twittter! #FridayNightHistory is the thread, and this week we're looking at a primary source and talking about an army in the rain, a daimyo entertaining an overlord, & a warrior from Mozambique on the Tokai Road in 1582. Image
#FridayNightHistory is a labor of love, brought to Twitter by readers like you. Become a patron here bit.ly/2lVqvv2, or send 1-time donation here: bit.ly/2lQfdZ8 
Your support and generosity keep me going and rock my world.
Okay, so, some of you may have heard about a samurai named Yasuke. He was from what we now call Mozambique. He was enslaved by Portuguese friars, who were the reason he was in Japan in 1579, where we met-- and was presented to-- Oda Nobunaga.
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HARK! THE TIME HAS COME! #FridayNightHistory is the thread, early bicycling in Japan is the topic, and we're going to focus on Tokugawa Yoshinobu, ex shogun and yes, I shit you not, penny farthing enthusiast.
#FridayNightHistory is a labor of love, brought to Twitter by readers like you. Become a patron here bit.ly/2lVqvv2, or send 1-time donation here: bit.ly/2lQfdZ8 - in a time where I've lost 1 of my 3 jobs, even your modest support makes a hell of a difference.
(I've had some good sake, so this is a slightly drunj edition.)

So.

This guy.

This asshole at the right in the suit, in this print by Yoshitoshi.

We need to talk about him.
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Alright, let's do this. The thread is #FridayNightHistory, the topic is the Inada clan of Awaji, and the sometimes bloody loose ends that happen when one era and system gives way to another. #japanesehistory #Meiji150

(cw for mention of seppuku)
But first: #FridayNightHistory is made possible by *you*,as is my writing, my art, my history education efforts, my epic threads. You can support me by signing up at bit.ly/2lVqvv2 for as low as $1/month. In the face of 3 years' underemployment, every bit goes a long way
Okay. So...eras and systems. It's tempting when we talk about shift from 1 era to another- like what came after the "fall" of the late Western Roman Empire in 476- to think that it's like flipping a light switch. It really isn't anything like that. There are lots of "loose ends"
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SALUTATIONS, you wonderful denizens of Twitter! The time has come for #FridayNightHistory! This week, I figure what the hell, let's talk about a unit of the Shogunate Army called #Shinsengumi, the #BoshinWar, and Sunday, March 22, 1868:

The Day the Gang all Got Pants.
I promise this is going somewhere, so bear with me, friends.

(and remember, you can support #FridayNightHistory by signing up for as little as $1/month on patreon.com/riversidewings)
Alright, so the thing to remember in 1868 is that the Shogunate Army was trying its damndest to hold together after defeat in a series of running battles between Kyoto and Osaka, which began with the Battle of Toba-Fushimi. This was the beginning of the Boshin War.
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