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Nyogen Senzaki And American Zen

Posted February 28th, 2016 at 05:38 AM by leakbrewergator

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Nyogen Senzaki is one of the leading figures in American Zen Buddhism and quite possibly the reason behind the popularity of Zen Buddhism in Mid-Twentieth Century America.

Nyogen's birth is somewhat of a mystery. It is believed his father was Russian and his mother abandoned him after birth.

He initially was a monk in a Pure Land temple...
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Hideyoshi's Warriors of the Imjin War

Posted January 24th, 2016 at 05:54 AM by leakbrewergator
Updated January 24th, 2016 at 11:09 AM by leakbrewergator

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I really wanted to get back into blogging and I have always had the idea of putting together a list of the notable Samurai that Hideyoshi sent to Korea.

I compiled a list of what I thought were the 50 higher-profile names of the invasion. I then began to write a short biography of each. Once I got about halfway through, I realized that most of these men already have short biographies written by me somewhere else here...
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Battle of Nagashino - Death Blow For the Takeda

Posted January 30th, 2015 at 04:52 PM by leakbrewergator

Thanks to a recent comment on a previous blog of mine in which I was accused of plagiarizing my own work, I realized I still had access to my old blog of Japanese history goodness.

I actually started a little blog on Japanese history back in 2010. However, once Historum introduced their blog hosting capabilities, I decided it was best to stay here. Frankly because I knew more people would be interested in my somewhat coherent ramblings here than the average person randomly searching...
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The Mongol Invasions of Japan

Posted January 12th, 2014 at 06:33 PM by leakbrewergator
Updated February 14th, 2014 at 05:17 PM by leakbrewergator

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I am currently working on a project regarding the Mongol Invasions of Japan. While Doing so, I have come to notice several misconceptions about this historical event. These misconceptions have often times been displayed here at Historum as well.

While historical misconceptions can be expected to be seen on History-based forums, its amazing to me how often I see some of them show up in academic works....
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Secrets of the Samurai - The Birth of an Obsession

Posted December 31st, 2013 at 06:18 PM by leakbrewergator

Let me start by apologizing for what you are about to read. I fear this will be one of those rambling, non-sensical write ups....

I remember going to the bookstore with my father when I was a little kid with a pocket full of hard earned allowance money. As I sit here now, I can't be sure of how old I was. Taking into account that I was still getting allowance, and using my own clouded memory, I would say I was 10 or 11 at the time.

As I walked through the store looking...
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