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Deborah Guzzi travels for inspiration: China, Nepal [during the civil war], Japan, Egypt [two weeks before ‘The Arab Spring’], and most recently Peru. First published at the age of sixteen, she writes articles for Massage and Aroma Therapy Magazines. Her poetry has been accepted in the Literary Journals of Western CT. University, Inclement Magazine, Pyrokinections, Jellyfish Whispers, Grey Wolf’s Summer Legends Anthology, The Germ, Wilderness Literary Review, The Anthology Sweet Dreams & Night Terrors, Bitterzoet Magazine, haiku journal, Contemporary Haibun Online, Bella on line, The Autumn Sound, Eskimo Pie, and Ribbons, The Inwood Indiana Review, Five Poetry, Tanka Society of America Journal, and 50 haiku. She has published two illustrated volumes of poetry, The Healing Heart and Heaven and Hell in a Nutshell.


 

Most Recent Blog Post


Japan & Korea
Blog Posted:8/12/2013 6:28:00 PM

 

Daily writers on Soup and all over the world use forms of verse created in foreign countries and know nothing of that countries history or modern daily life. My new contest is an attempt to have you learn a bit about Japan [ancient or modern], and Korea [ancient or modern] and show it to the reader through use of the forms invented by these two culturally rich countries.


College students wearing traditional costumes perform traditional ritual at a Confucian shrine in Seoul, South Korea, May 11, 2012. The Confucius ritual is staged twice a year at the Confucian Shrine at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, which was built during the Joseon Dynasty in 1398 for Korean Confucian scholars to honor Confucius. (Xinhua/Park Jin-hee

Did you know Confucianism and a scholar class flourished in Korea? Did you know that Buddhism was dominant in Korea for hundreds of years, and that Confucianism rose to prominence as a faith in the 14th century? Japan annexed Korea in 1910 and it remained a colony of Japan until the end of WWII, 1945.

Or, that there were indigenous people called the Ainu [the word means HUMAN, it is what they call themselves similar to me, to the Native Americans who call themselves ..the people..I believe?] in Japan before the Chinese invaded and colonized the islands? They were a society of hunter-gatherers, who lived mainly by hunting and fishing, and the people followed a religion based on phenomena of nature. They are animists.


The Ainu are a people with a cultural and racial background which is different from that of the ethnic Japanese. They have been populating Hokkaido, northern Tohoku, the Kurile Islands and Sakhalin, but today only a small population remains mainly in Hokkaido.

According to one of several theories, the Ainu are descendants of Mongoloid migrants {[an you see the Russian influence in the clothes?] who entered the Japanese islands before the Jomon period. They were later displaced and assimilated, when the ethnic Japanese expanded their territory northernwards.

In the Meiji Period (1868-1912), the Ainu received the status of "former aboriginals", but suffered under official discrimination for some years. In 1997, a new law was passed which provides funds for the research and promotion of Ainu culture.

Step into the larger world friends, be it MODERN Japan since the tsunami, or present day Korea, North or South. Write for me a verse in THEIR forms telling of life in one of these VERY Interesting cultures!

QUESTIONS?? 



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  1. Date: 8/13/2013 6:45:00 AM
    Yes Andie I'm sure you'll think of something interesting, I will add more info as the days pass.

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  1. Date: 8/13/2013 6:44:00 AM
    Thanks Craig it's always nice to learn new things!

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  1. Date: 8/13/2013 12:25:00 AM
    I need to read up! My students from those countries have told me things but not things that would work well in these poetry forms. I really hope to do this one.

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  1. Date: 8/12/2013 7:45:00 PM
    Very interesting Debbie--thank you

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