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History of Kanamoji (Katakana and Hiragana)

So anyone who knows me knows that I love knowing the history of language and writing systems. I also studied Japanese and like it, despite it not being one of the main languages to transact a lot of business in anymore.

This write up is an amazing encapsulation of how the Japanese written language evolved and how gender played a role in that.

As I love the works written by the ladies of Heian Japan (think Tale of Genji, et. a;) I found out about this sometime ago.

That they included a chart to show the exact evolution of the kana just pluses it. You should explore this topic in the blog entry at this page.

Again this is the sort of thing that they used to explore on my PBS station before they decided to be a really bad poor man’s BBCAmerica, ITV and Food Network.

Nihongo Mousou Project

     Japanese language has three different alphabets; Kanji, Katakana and Hiragana. Kanamoji is a generic name for the character of Hiragana and Katakana. It is equivalent to the English alphabet and the kana character has the 46 standard phonetic characters.

     Around 500 AD, the basis of modern Japanese Kanji developed after Japan had a culture contact with Chinese. The Chinese character in that time was called “Manyogana(万葉仮名)“.However, because Manyogana is too difficult, during the Heian Period (794 – 1192), manyogana was adapted to create a Japanese script that was partly syllabic (characters based on sounds; hiragana and katakana) and partly logographic (characters based on concepts; kanji).

      Unlike Katakana which took one part from the Kanji, Hiragana is the simplified version of Kanji.  You can see how to create both characters from Kanji in the table below (Read from right to left).


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Just Dandy: The Art of Max Linder

Again more stuff I’d love to see on the local PBS station.

Nitrate Diva

maxyHe was the first international movie star. The man Charlie Chaplin called his “professor.” A visionary writer-director.

And in 1925, Max Linder—sickened by war wounds, maddened by post-traumatic stress, and increasingly neglected by the audiences he had once delighted—died by his own hand. It was a very sad end for a very funny man.

Linder deserves perhaps more credit than anyone else for refining that curious alchemy that we now recognize as great screen comedy. His cocktail of uproarious pratfalls, farcical situations, surreal gags, and wistful, tender humor was utterly unlike anything that came before.

Over the course of hundreds of film appearances from 1905 to 1925, many of which he directed, he developed a signature mischievous, urbane style of physical comedy. In a 1917 interview, the comedian himself commented on this intentional, yet intuitive mix of high and low: “I prefer the subtle comedy, the artistic touch, but it is…

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An Evening with Champions 2016

This is more about something that used to air on a local PBS station. Or at least if it still airs, it does do with definitely less fanfare than in the past.

It’s also an example of what drives me nuts about our local PBS. I get that they need to make money but this event is local and I think there still is an audience for it-especially given that it seems WGBH is about catering to a demographic that is loyal but shrinking.

I also miss this event because it was a chance not just to see local talent but to also see the stars in a non-competitive atmosphere.

This recap is quite well written. I just happened upon this blog. I look forward to following it throughout the season.

A Divine Sport

All photographs by Marni Gallagher

It’s early fall in Boston. For skating fans in the area, that means it’s time for An Evening with Champions (EWC). This famous show, which takes place at Harvard University, is an annual ritual for many Boston-area fans and skaters alike, and effectively serves as the local kick-off to the season. It’s always a fun event, and this year’s 46th annual Evening with Champions was no exception. 

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Why every Hollywood project needs an Effie Brown (“Project Greenlight”)

Though not exclusively a PBS thing, this is definitely something that needs to happen more at a PBS station-especially at WGBH.

Tananarive Due Writes

Producer Effie Brown had already been turned into a .gif by the first episode of HBO’s “Project Greenlight,” where she and Matt Damon had an exchange over the meaning of diversity that launched a #Mattsplaining hashtag. (He interrupted her, which set social media afire.) 

That was just Day 1.

You can almost hear Effie thinking, You can almost hear Effie thinking, “I can’t BELIEVE what I’m hearing right now.”

I wasn’t surprised. I’ve been working with Effie on a project for more than a year, and I was well acquainted with her catch-phrase “Duly Noted” and her candor on all matters, including race and diversity. And Effie isn’t in “Project Greenlight” for the money (as she breaks down in this Indiewire interview).

As always, Effie (who produced Dear White People) wants to make a difference. Effie hired a diverse crew including people of color and women–which particularly jumps out while watching the show because…

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