This robust woodcut can be found opposite page 204 in volume 1 of A.B. Mitford, Tales of Old Japan published in 1871. Mitford writes in his Preface:
For the illustrations, at least, I feel that I need make no apology. Drawn, in the first instance, by one Ôdaké, an artist in my employ, they were cut on wood by a famous wood-engraver at Yedo, and are therefore genuine specimens of Japanese art.
I wish he had named the famous engraver. As for Ôdaké, there were a couple of well-known artists, Odake Kokkan and Odake Chikuha, in the following generation. Is Mitford's one their father?
Today is Vasaloppet, the annual 90 kg cross-country ski race between Sälen and Mora in Dalarna, Sweden. It commemorates a legendary escape made on skis by the future King Gustav I in 1520. When you win the Vasaloppet a local young person in folk costume chases you down the home stretch and plays ring toss with a large wreath and your head. Or tries!
It's Apollo 11 Week at Plenty of Nothing. Here we have a US Geological Survey map comparing of the Tranquility Base landing site to a baseball diamond. As you can see, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin pretty much stuck to the infield, except for that one ramble into centre field by Armstrong. In addition to the first walk by humans on the moon, 1969 saw the Mets win. Source: Talcott Mountain Science Centre.
I stumbled upon these two AIDS awareness ads while googling for Swiss hockey pictures. The top one puts the case for protected sex as well as can be imagined. You just wouldn't play hockey naked. The abrasions alone! The bottom one, though, makes naked fencing look such fun that it could start a trend. I wonder if there's still time to get it into the Beijing Olympics? Douglas