biwa-hoshi: people who play instruments such as the biwa to recite tragical histories known as lute priests
acolyte: someone who assists a priest or a noble
retainers: an employee to the one above their rank
conjecture: inference or judgment based on inconclusive or incomplete evidence
reticence: the state or quality of not wanting to do something
bewitched: to cast a spell over, magical
sutra: writings of hinduism

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DUE 26th Wednesday
By paper, on wiki and email 3 ways All by same date
no longer than 4 pages in length, double-spaced, font size 12

Ghost story
Existence of spirits
Sakina Mithi
There was a writer named Yukiko. She wrote about how life about her and her women was like in her stories. She loved the fact about the jyuuni-hitoe (the twelve layered kimono) and the stories she wrote about those were best sellers.
Everyone had admired her writing about how good the women are and how they can have power to take over the household. She had lived alone in a house near the Shinto temples where she kept writing with her precious ink pen on scrolls of paper.

In the past, she had been rumored that she could talk to ghosts. She could actually see them, and she felt their presence brush against her yet she felt comfortable talking to them.
Just like always, Yukiko had been talking to one ghost as she was in her futon getting ready to go to sleep. The ghost was a man whose name was Hirobumi had started talking.
“You know when I was still alive, I had worked on clay potter as my job and sold them to feed my wife and I”
“Oh that’s wonderful. I’m happy people bought my stories today just like they bought yours when you were alive. However, I am getting tired so often because of wearing this jyuuni-hitoe, it is so omoi (heavy) you know. I wish I could be with you as a ghost. You would have nothing to worry about. Everyone gets scared of me since they know I can see ghosts.”
Hirobumi had seen her with a face of both happiness and sadness. Yukiko saw his expressions on his face and wondered what he was thinking about. They would usually talk for an hour or so but since Hirobumi had to go leave earlier than usual, he said that he needed to go back as soon as he could so their conversation was short.
This guy came to her quite often but for today Yukiko felt the goose bumps on her skin. She knew that her previous husband who had died 10 years had worked with clay pottery a few years ago. She thought that Hirobumi could never be her husband. She also had a feeling that her husband’s name had started with the letter H. She was curious about what he was thinking about and why he left early that night. She felt as if something prickled against her skin. Something did not feel right.

The next day, it was rumored that Yukiko had died. When her mother had come to visit Yukiko she asked the old man from the neighborhood what had happened to her daughter. He replied,
“I saw her talking to someone last night! I do not know who but she had kept telling me how she wanted to be with her husband so much who had died years ago, maybe her husband took her away…” Her mother ran immediately to her. There was a sentence written at the end of her uncompleted story,
It was a happy life, but I think I will have a better life here… with my husband as a ghost” All in bloody red letters. Next to that, there was a knife stuck into the scroll of paper and the end was bloody too, blood smeared all over the place.

Statistics&Charts assignment**

The following statistical questions relate to your booklet " The Meiji Era and Policies for Modernization" (please note my highlights and notes within the text)
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
Use this resource to help you with graphing - maybe it is better than Excel - explore and find out!

Enjoy this activitiy!
Ms. Cheney

1. The bar graph at the bottom of pg. 261 shows that some institutions or groups benefited from the restoration but some did not have benefits. The checks show the groups that benefited such as the Kyoto court, Satsuma Choshu, Tosa and Hizen, Rural merchants, National Learning and the ‘Dutch’ Learning. The Satsuma Choshu and the Tosa were the real sponsors of the Restoration and had opposed the bakufu and were successful in military, administration and fiscal problems which made them have more profit during the Restoration. The crosses show the groups that did not benefit from the Restoration. For example, the Edo Bakufu, the Fudai Han, the Senior Retainers and the Chinese Learning. The Edo Bakufu on the other hand, did not benefit from the Restoration because it had faced mortal pressure as one of reigning shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu had stepped down from the office refusing to nominate a successor. Also the Kyoto court under Emperor Komei’s rule had some of its courts go against the bakufu. So later the Restoration had been continued with another imperial house with a sudden revulsion feeling against the bakufu. In general,
this graphs shows how some high rank groups benefited from the Restoration while some did not. The Meiji Restoration was more than a palace revolution.




FOLLOW - UP for Friday the 11th of June,2010.
What was the easiest program to use in relation to displaying statistics? Why?
What would you like a graphing programme to do for you that you currently cannot access?
Please write your answers to these questions on your own page at the end of the Meiji Japan graph activities.

Follow Up Questions:
1. The easiest program for me to use is the "Creategraphs" site from the site Ms. Cheney put on the statistics,
charts&graphs wikispaces page. This was the easiest because I had all the things I needed to make my graph.
Such as the legend, double bar graphs and the titles for your legends. The best part is that it allows you to have a
clear preview of the graphs we produced and it gives you the values written on the graph for your data.

2. The things I would want on the graphing programs is to make the graph be clear and easier in the preview to see rather then blurry
when you make the graph size bigger. Also I want to be able to choose the scale for the Y-axis on our own instead of the computer automatically choosing it for us.