If you hurry, there's a 19th-century illustrated volume of Japanese mythology by Sensei Eitaku for sale on Ebay right now. These two heavenly figures are, I think, Izunami and Izanagi creating the Japanese archipelago with the halberd Amanonuboko. Amazing? It's as if Milton drew manga. Douglas
Today's New York Times has an interesting piece on the current troubles of Japan's ruling party. Basically Japan is still trying to recover from 1990, let alone 2008, and the people are beginning to point fingers. But the best part of the article is the beautiful juxtaposition of headline and photo. That's what good editing does.
So the question arises, Who would you vote for if you lived in Japan? I'm thinking,
They're filming Scott Pilgrim in Toronto right now as we speak, and apart from the sheer awesomeness of it all (screenplay adapted from Bryan Lee O'Malley's manga of unremitting awesome awesomeness; stellar casting including Michael Cera in the lead role, Shaun of the Dead production team, and, fingers crossed, songs by Plumtree), the most awesome aspect of the whole thing is that the city of Toronto is about to appear in a movie in the role of Toronto.
A century before the French invented the encyclopedia the Ming Chinese had Tiangong Kaiwu, an illustrated compendium of arts and metiers, by Song Yingxing (1587-1661). You can view the whole book here.