Thursday, March 17, 2011
FOX'S $8 MILLION DOLLAR A YEAR ANCHOR, SHEPARD SMITH, DOESN'T COMPREHEND THE JAPANESE WAY OF LIFE. He says they have a really nice suite in Tokyo and that the staff is polite. He says they are made to feel very comfortable. But Shepard just doesn't seem happy. I am not surprised--I've met men like Shepard before. Shepard is wanting something to go down, something to happen, something that will focus the light on him.
So far, according to Shepard, they have seen no looting. What this super star of Fox doesn't understand is the difference between the lifestyles of the Japanese and the general populace of the deep South.
Shepard says he has heard rumors that there are Japanese who are thirsty, without water or food. (Perhaps he's looking for groups of people stranded on concrete viaducts like they were in Katrina.)
Remember how worked up everyone got after they had been stranded on the bridge for four days and couldn't get so much as a bottle of water? I remember it--I kept waiting for a helicopter to drop the folks some water and food, some baby formula. But this is not happening in Japan. Either the folks are getting water deliveries or they aren't screaming loud enough.
Shepard Smith is, it appears to me, very upset that he has yet to find a Japanese who is disgruntled. I am wondering if he is going up and down the Ginza interviewing.
Do you suppose he would find some grumbling if he got off the main drag and went down into the depths of Tokyo, down where there are no signs of any kind, just red glowing lanterns, places where men with a thirst for sake hang out? Shep' would be confused as the men bowed and tried to get him to down a few shots of real sake. And if the anchor man slammed a few shots of the sake, Old Shep' would soon understand the Japanese lifestyle, especially when he awoke the next morning, back in his comfy suite, wondering how in the hell he got back.
The Japanese Paleolithic age covers a lengthy period starting from around 100,000 to 30,000 B.C., when the earliest stone tool implements would have been found, and ending sometime around 12,000 B.C., at the end of the last ice age.
The Japanese archipelago would become disconnected from the mainland continent after the last ice age, around 11,000 BC. After a hoax by an amateur researcher, Shinichi Fujimura, had been exposed, the Lower and Middle Paleolithic evidence reported by Fujimura and his associates has been rejected after thorough reinvestigation.
As a result of the fallout over the hoax, now only some Upper Paleolithic evidence (not associated with Fujimura) can possibly be considered as having been well established.
 Ancient Japan
 Jōmon period
The Jōmon period lasted from about 14,000 BC until 500 BC. The first signs of civilization and stable living patterns appeared around 14,000 BC with the Jōmon culture, characterized by a Mesolithic to Neolithic semi-sedentary hunter-gatherer lifestyle of wood stilt house and pit dwellings and a rudimentary form of agriculture.
Weaving was still unknown at the time and clothes were often made of furs. The Jōmon people started to make clay vessels, decorated with patterns made by impressing the wet clay with braided or unbraided cord and sticks. Based on radio-carbon dating, some of the oldest surviving examples of pottery in the world can be found in Japan along with daggers, jade, combs made of shells, and varios other household items dated to the 11th millennium BC.
Alternatively, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Timeline of Art History  notes "Carbon-14 testing of the earliest known shards has yielded a production date of about 10,500 BC, but because this date falls outside the known chronology of pottery development elsewhere in the world, such an early date is not generally accepted.
Calibrated radiocarbon measures of carbonized material from pottery artifacts: Fukui Cave 12500 +/− 350 BP and 12500 +/− 500 BP (Kamaki & Serizawa 1967), Kamikuroiwa rock shelter 12, 165 +/-350 years BP in Shikoku . although the specific dating is disputed.
Clay figures known as dogū were also excavated. The household items suggest trade routes existed with places as far away as Okinawa. DNA analysis suggests that the Ainu, an indigenous people that live in Hokkaidō and the northern part of Honshū, are descended from the Jōmon and thus represent descendants of the first inhabitants of Japan.
 Yayoi period
The Yayoi period lasted from about 400 or 300 BC to AD 250. This period followed the Jōmon period and completely supplanted it. This period is named after Yayoi town, the subsection of Bunkyō, Tokyo, where archaeological investigations uncovered its first recognized traces.
The start of the Yayoi period marked the influx of new practices such as weaving, rice farming, shamanism, and iron and bronze-making. Bronze and iron appear to have been introduced simultaneously into Yayoi Japan. Iron was mainly used for agricultural and other tools; whereas, ritual and ceremonial artifacts were mainly made of bronze. Some casting of bronze and iron began in Japan by about 100 BC, but the raw materials for both metals were introduced from the Asian continent.
Japan first appeared in written records in AD 57 with the following mention in China's Book of the Later Han: "Across the ocean from Lelang are the people of Wa. Formed from more than one hundred tribes, they come and pay tribute frequently". The book also recorded that Suishō, the king of Wa, presented slaves to the Emperor An of Han in 107. The Sanguo Zhi, written in the 3rd century, noted the country was the unification of some 30 small tribes or states and ruled by a shaman queen named Himiko of Yamataikoku.
During the Han and Wei dynasties, Chinese travelers to Kyūshū recorded its inhabitants and claimed that they were the descendants of the Grand Count (Tàibó) of the Wu. The inhabitants also show traits of the pre-sinicized Wu people with tattooing, teeth-pulling, and baby-carrying. The Sanguo Zhi records the physical descriptions which are similar to ones on haniwa statues, such as men with braided hair, tattooing, and women wearing large, single-piece clothing.The Yoshinogari site in Kyūshū is the most famous archaeological site of the Yayoi period and reveals a large settlement continuously inhabited for several hundred years. Archaeological excavation has shown the most ancient parts to be from around 400 BC. It appears the inhabitants had frequent communication with the mainland and trade relations. Today, some reconstructed buildings stand in the park on the archaeological site.[c
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SMALL SEA PORT IN JAPAN 1989, WATERCOLOR BY R.L. HUFFSTUTTER
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