Follow the research guidelines Mr. McGill has given youin relation to writing your own ghost story.

biwa-hoshi: Blind minstrels who play the biwa also Known as "lute priests" were travelling performers in the era of Japanese history,
acolyte: Someone who assists a priest or minister
retainers: Is a servant, person working in the service of anothe
conjecture: proposition that is unproven but appears correct and has not been disproven
reticence: not volunteering anything more than necessary
bewitched: Witchcraft, religious and mythological contexts, is the use of certain kinds of supernatural or magical powers
sutra: Are texts composed of teachings that came directly from the historical Buddha.



Time/Period: Nara Period (710-794)
People: Samuri, Civilians, Daiymo, Priests
Clothes: Kimono, dyeing silk were developed, Clothing consisted of upper and lower garments, jackets and a skirt.
Food: Noodles, Rice
Religion: Shinto, Buddhism, Prayed for Kami (Gods)
Polotics: Aristocracy
Houses: Villages, Pit Houses,
Season: Autum beggening of Winter.
Must Have: Mystery or Magic, Blood or Death,
Other: Sensu (Folding Fan),

Details: Look above and below.
Conflict: Deaths by Samurai

Samurai Ghost ( Isamu)
Citizan ( Kenji)
Citizan ( Ryo)

Information needed
-Nara in 745, Nara was Japan's first truly urban center. It soon had a population of 200,000 (representing nearly 4% of the country's population) and some 10,000 people worked in government jobs.
-Roads linked Nara to provincial capitals, and taxes were collected more efficiently and routinely.
- Used Chinese writing and Chinese thinking.
- The devoutness that the Nara Emperors held for Buddhism assured its rapid and dramatic expansion into Japanese culture. Although Buddhism entered Japan in 518, it was during the Nara period that it became a solid presence in Japanese culture.
- Japanese Civilians cleaned streets with pure/clean water.
The Blood Rush
By Michael Barrett

That day they will never forget when they went to visit a very powerful and rich daimyo they walked down a cold lonely street, the leaves had all dropped and had been swept to the side; Ryo and Kenji were trying to fight against the wind to find a place to stay for the night. The wind was like razor blades whipping their faces. The lamps beside the streets were going limb.
Wearing the male kimono's Ryo and Kenji walked until dusk through the fierce winds and at last they found a bar, lights on and from inside came the people chattering. Once inside they made their way to the bartender asking for a place to stay for the night.
“Sorry, all the rooms are booked, maybe you could try the other bar down the road.” said the bartender.
And so they left into the darkness of the night, moving through the harsh winds as swiftly as possible to get to the other bar and have a good sleep.
When at the pub, there was barley any lights inside and a banner saying: open. They went in.
When in they waited three minutes for the waiter to show up they asked for a room, the waiter gladly accepted their presence and showed them to a room.
The next morning when paying for their stay the realized they forgot something, but when going back in the waiter didn't recognize them. So they left it right there and hoped to pick it back on the return trip.
When on their way to visit the daimyo they happened to pass a stall and what happened to be on their shelf was the item the forgotten. A very special knife. It had a star on the handle and a swift curve with a hundred tiny spikes sticking out. They asked for the price, and got it quite cheap.
After hours of walking, the souls of their feet were aching, almost noon... looking for a little bar to have the usual rice and noodles at when suddenly it rained, on a sunny day.
“I cannot believe zis! Rain, on a perfectly sunny day!” said Kenji
“Look! It isn't rain, its red!” said Ryo.
Just as they finally noticed what it was, a dark figure emerged from an alley way, Ryo and Kenji could not see this mysterious man's face because it was shaded dark.
“What you are now in is the blood rush” Said the mysterious man with no tone in his voice “leave now or you'll pay the price”
“Sir, I will leave but I will also want to know if there are any bars that we could possibly have some lunch.” said Ryo “because my friend and I are terribly hungry”
“There is blood raining on you Ryo and Kenji, Leave now” said the mysterious man whose voice is now harsh as the gods themselves. As they went and turned back to see the mysterious man had disappeared but the rain of blood was still thrashing the ground every drop on them was like a pin needle poking them. But while they were walking at the end of the street was a little bar with take away rice which they went into but it was quite unusual because the person who was selling the rice was also the person from the pub where they slept.
“It's him!” shouted Kenji “It's the man that gave us the room! How in hell did he get here?”
“Hello would you like to buy some take out rice?” asked the man
“Maybe he has two jobs? I do not know but it seems nearly no-one has any expressions or emotions in this down, how odd” said Ryo “I wonder if it is about the raining blood or the mysterious man.”
So as they ate their rice while walking down the street, which was red, they asked themselves, how it all happened.
After visiting the daimyo they had to go back, the regretted it because on their way they came a hissing of voices saying Leave now. They did not stay the night but walked until dawn so they could be out of that mysterious blood hungry street
A week after the visit to the daimyo they heard that the daimyo the visited was dead, by the special knife that they gave them, he wrote a little passage saying: my last hours of life I want to live great because I have been slashed with my special knife, it was by a mysterious man whose face is shaded dark, I could see through him, he said he will bring the blood rush whatever that so may be.
Ryo and Kenji looked at each other at realized what happened, that special knife was cursed and that where ever the knife goes so does the mysterious man and the blood rush which was from a mass killing from a powerful man, and that shaded man spared their lives, Because they had the knife.


Mr. McGill's Project A - Important Personalities of the Meiji Period, Project B- The Sino-Japanese War of 1895 and Project C- The Russo-Japanese War of 1905 are to be completed by each student in grade 8 humanities. Presentations will begin on Tuesday June the 1st in random order. A criteria sheet regarding marking will be distributed this week (17-21st of May). Please see research submission and topic sheet from Mr. McGill.


NNDB: Tracking the entire world. "Ito Hirobumi." NNDB: Tracking the entire world. Soylent Communications, n.d. Web. 18 May 2010. <http://www.nndb.com/people/516/000097225
http://www.bookrags.com/biography/takamori-saigo/ ( Saigo Takamor)
http://www.ibe.unesco.org/publications/ThinkersPdf/fukuzawe.pdf ( Fukuzawa)


1. Using the information on the restoration pp.258 - 264 explain the bar graph at the bottom of p.261
2. Using Excel could present this information in another format. Please state the format you plan to use and insert the pie chart, line chart, histogram or other chart or graph format on your own page within this wiki.
3. Like parts of the U.K. Japan went through Industrialisation rapidly. However Japan's Industrialisation was later than the U.K. Read the section titled "Economic policies and the beginnings of Industrialisation" p.p. 270- 280. Using Excel, graph (using a different graph format for each) the following statistics:
  • the Japanese merchant ship statistics at the top of p. 273
  • the amount of railway track p.274
  • gold and silver production p.274
  • land tax paid p.277

1) The Bar Graph at the bottom of page 261 shows the effects on how different groups benefited and did not benifit from the Meiji Restoration (1868). The people who did not benifit the most are the Merchantsm because they were the people on the sidelines with no-trade, while other groups did not benifit but not as much.
I assumed the tallness of the graph meant of how many people or how large was that group during the Meiji Period and the Width of the graphs meant how long the group lasted. I think this relates closley to the graphs we had to make.



FOLLOW - UP for Friday the 11th of June,2010.
What was the easiest program to use in relation to displaying statistics? Why?
I think using online websites to make graphs is the easiest way because you only have to put in the statistics and chose colours etc. it`s very simple.

What would you like a graphing programme to do for you that you currently cannot access?
Type in what you want to do with the title, statistics and with numbers (y axis) that are to the 0`s (100-200-300-400) or (1000-2000-3000-4000)