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Formatic linguistics[edit]

Dear Bendono, remiss, vagrant, unresponsive and unhelpful to colleagues, I call on them (一切知らんぷりの鉄面皮 etc). Perhaps I need analysis. But to the point, before my permaban is extended for a recent lapse, I'd like to finish an extensive article on the Barasana people, including some brief remarks on their language. I have phonological data but don't know what template to use or how to use them. I've put the data on the talk page there. If you can refer me to the appropriate template, I'd been deeply obliged. Best, as always Nishidani (talk) 10:09, 11 December 2009 (UTC)


Hi, after reading one of your articles at newpage patrol, I was surprised to see that an editor who has contributed as many new articles as you have hadn't already been approved as an wp:Autoreviewer. So I've taken the liberty of rectifying that. ϢereSpielChequers 15:18, 20 December 2009 (UTC)

Thank you for your support. Regards, Bendono (talk) 15:38, 20 December 2009 (UTC)

Tōdaiji Fujumonkō[edit]

Thanks for letting me know. The National Treasure lists that I created are indeed limited to new (post 1950) National Treasures, so it does not fit in there. However I would like to add it to the history section of National Treasures of Japan as an example of a National Treasure destroyed during the war. Does "Yoshida (2001:31, 135)" reference the fact that it was destroyed in the war or only the last sentence of that paragraph (Only reproductions remain)? Also, do you by any chance know the number of National Treasures of Japan that were destroyed during WW2? bamse (talk) 15:21, 20 December 2009 (UTC)

Yoshida (2001), page 135 mentions: 1) designated as national treasure in 1938, 2) facsimile reproduction in 1939, 3) removed in 1945 due to destruction in war fires, and 4) only remains as reproductions.
As for the other question, I regret to say that I do not have the resources to answer. While I do have a general interest in the topic, my primary interests and research lies more in historical linguistics, which often results in creation of related articles. In this case there is some overlap.
Regards, Bendono (talk) 15:34, 20 December 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for the fast reply. I will add it to the article in a moment.bamse (talk) 16:20, 20 December 2009 (UTC)

Request for suggestions[edit]

Hi Bendono! I'd like to improve List of National Treasures of Japan (ancient documents) to the same quality as some of the other National Treasure lists (sculptures, paintings, castles, shrines, residences). One thing that needs to be done is a proper introduction. I don't know much about the subject, but am eager to read a little about it. The list is mainly about documents such as chronicles, diaries, records or letters from the Nara to Kamakura period. I was wondering if you could recommend any sources that deal with this subject (=old Japanese documents) on a basic level. I'd prefer online sources, but might have access to some journal articles as well. Unfortunately I don't have access to a library. Regards bamse (talk) 20:59, 3 January 2010 (UTC)

Hi Bamse. Akeome & kotoyoro. Sorry for the delayed response. Been quite busy lately and have had little spare time. As for your request, the standard reference for Japanese literature is the six volume 日本古典文学大辞典 (ISBN 4000800612, 4000800620, 4000800639, 4000800647, 4000800655, 4000800663). Please note that this is literature and will not contain entries for most non-literature historical documents. A cursory check confirms that a few of the entries are there, but the majority are not. There is also a more convenient condensed single volume edition (ISBN 4-00-080067-1), but it has much few entries and will be of little help to you. I've previously been to a few 国宝展示会s; unfortunately I no longer have any of those books or resources. When I get some more free time I'll try to find some decent resources at a library.
Several of the entries in your list I have an interest in and plan on creating entries for sometime in the future. Regards Bendono (talk) 12:12, 13 January 2010 (UTC)
Many thanks for your reply. Very happy to hear that you are planning to write about some of the entries. Six volumes is maybe a bit heavy for just an intro to a list. The problem is, that honestly I don't know what to write about in the intro, since the items are of quite different types. Probably I would want to mention (shortly) some of the following points:
  1. History of writing in Japan: How and when did the Japanese written language develop? What are the oldest extant written texts (in stone, on swords, on paper,...)?
  2. Language: I suppose some of the documents are written in Chinese and some in Japanese (kana). When and how did this change happen? Are certain types of documents more likely to be written in traditional Chinese than others?
  3. Styles: Are there different styles of calligraphy used in these documents? Some texts look rather rough (sorry, don't know the proper word) and others neatly written. Can the different styles be connected with the age of the document or its type (diary, registry, imperial letter)?
  4. Importance: Why were these documents designated national treasure? Probably because they are valuable for their historic value. But what (in general) do they tell about Japanese history? Also, what other historical sources exist (for instance these: List_of_National_Treasures_of_Japan_(writings)#History_books_.28.E5.8F.B2.E6.9B.B8.29.2C_historical_tales_.28.E6.AD.B4.E5.8F.B2.E7.89.A9.E8.AA.9E.29)?
  5. Other stuff: I am open for any suggestions.
It would be great if you could point me to sources that discuss some or all of these aspects. In the meantime I started to work on the intro for the temple national treasure list, but will be back with the ancient documents when that is done. bamse (talk) 12:57, 13 January 2010 (UTC)
I can give you a few good references from my bookshelves:
  1. A History of Writing in Japan, Christopher Seeley ISBN 0-8248-2217-X.
  2. It's similar to writing in the western history. The learned would write in (often bad) Latin. This is particularly true with official documents. As literacy improved, commoners were not particular good with Latin, so they would write in their own language. Japan is fairly similar. Remember that 仮名 means temporary, vulgar characters in place of 真名 (=kanji), the true, official characters.
  3. 『書誌学入門』, 川瀬一馬 ISBN 4-8419-0290-2 and 『新日本書道史』, 平山観月.
  4. [Second half] Take a look at ja:Category:時代別の日本の歴史書.
  5. If I think of anything else I will let you know.
Regards, Bendono (talk) 14:35, 13 January 2010 (UTC)
Thanks you! bamse (talk) 08:15, 15 January 2010 (UTC)

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Early Middle Japanese dating/cat name?[edit]

Hi Bendono,

I noticed an inconsistency in the naming of articles and categories:

Could this be resolved, or at least commented on? It’s rather confusing…

For my reference and to clarify periods:

AFAICT, people tend to date eras as:

  • pre-710
  • 710–794 (Nara)
  • 794–1185 (Heian)
  • 1185–1333 (Kamakura)
  • 1333–1573 (Muromachi)
  • (and then 1603–1868 (Edo) etc.)

…but then the naming of these eras is a bit confused.

So one system, which appears to be used for the texts categories, is:

  • pre-710 :: Proto-Japanese
  • 710–794 :: Old Japanese
  • 794–1185 :: Late Old Japanese
  • 1185–1333 :: Early Middle Japanese
  • 1333–1573 :: Late Middle Japanese
  • (1603–1868) :: Early Modern Japanese

…but, as noted, the language spoken in 794–1185 is more often now called Early Middle Japanese (b/c more similar to Middle Japanese), hence we get:

  • pre-710 :: Proto-Japanese
  • 710–794 :: Old Japanese
  • 794–1185 :: Early Middle Japanese
  • 1185–1333 :: (early) Late Middle Japanese
  • 1333–1573 :: (late) Late Middle Japanese
  • (1603–1868) :: Early Modern Japanese

I suppose least ambiguous would simply be to call the categories by the era names, though that may be a bit opaque?


—Nils von Barth (nbarth) (talk) 22:31, 15 August 2010 (UTC)

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Wikipedia 10th Anniversary[edit]

I attended the Japanese Wikipedia 10th Anniversary get-together in Kyoto. There seem to be very few people actively editing English articles on Japan. There also seems to be little teamwork between Japanese and non-Japanese Wikipedia enthusiasts in Japan. I wonder if you think that organizing a belated Wikipedia 10th event in the greater Tokyo area would help? LittleBen (talk) 13:51, 23 January 2011 (UTC)

Old Japanese writings[edit]

I'd appreciate your input as an expert on this discussion. Basically the question is how to split the list of written materials (書跡・典籍の部) National Treasures and how to name the parts. All written material National Treasures are presently in two lists: List of National Treasures of Japan (writings: books) and List of National Treasures of Japan (writings: others). However I am not happy with the names ("others", "books") which I feel don't really represent the content. Maybe you know more appropriate words to refer to these lists or could suggest another split of the list? Thanks. bamse (talk) 16:25, 6 March 2011 (UTC) It has possibly been resolved. bamse (talk) 11:04, 7 March 2011 (UTC)

Nomination of Hiroto Torihata for deletion[edit]

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Transcription of Tosa Nikki by Fujiwara no Tameie[edit]

Hi! Quick question: Do you know whether the extant copy (national treasure at 大阪青山学園) of Fujiwara no Tameie's 1236 transcription of the Tosa Nikki is the "original" from 1236 or a later copy from 1600 as this book, page 94 claims? That info would go here. bamse (talk) 21:05, 1 May 2011 (UTC)

I have not had much time to log in recently, so you caught me at a good time. Your link is not working for me. According to entry for Tosa Nikki in Nihon Koten Bungaku Daijiten, it says "Fujiwara Tameie manuscripts: Have a colophon expressing a transcription of the Ki-clan original from Renge Ō-in by Tameie, the son of Teika, on the 29th day of 8th month of Katei 2 (1236). (The original was found by Sorimachi Shigeo in Shōwa 59.) The Seikei Shooku-bon (in the Ikeda Kikan collection at Tōkai University), an early-modern copy of this manuscript, has been studied by Ikeda Kikan and is known as a fine copy closest to the Ki no Tsurayuki original manuscript and has since been photocopied and published."
According to ja:土佐日記, 大阪青山学園 has 青谿書屋本 (Seikei Shooku-bon), so this is the above description. As such, this appears to be a c. 1600 copy of the Tameie 1236 copy. Regards, Bendono (talk) 07:09, 2 May 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for the quick reply. Just found: "『土左日記』の写本は、従来、この為家本を忠実に臨模した青谿書屋本(大島雅太郎氏旧蔵、現東海大学所蔵)が、貫之自筆本の本文を最もよく伝えた最善本とされてきた。本書はその親本にあたり、昭和六十年に重要文化財、今回さらに国宝に指定された。" bamse (talk) 10:55, 2 May 2011 (UTC)

Japanese literary parodies and canines[edit]

Hello, I understand you've written a fair amount of articles on Japanese literature and I've just written a brief one on The Dog Pillow, which should be featuring on DYK before too long; User:Bamse was asking, and I would like to know too (plus it would be kind of relevant for the article), quite why there are so many 'Dog' parodies - is this something you know anything about? Thanks, Maculosae tegmine lyncis (talk) 02:00, 19 May 2011 (UTC)

Kujiki, Kuji Hongi and Sendai Kuji Hongi[edit]

Hi! Is the Kuji Hongi listed in List of Japanese classic texts the same as Sendai Kuji Hongi? If yes, a redirect could be created. bamse (talk) 20:11, 10 October 2012 (UTC)

Nomination of Kanpei for deletion[edit]

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