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Nick Kapur
Historian of Japan and East Asia. I only tweet extremely interesting things.
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Nick Kapur 13h
Replying to @iwasrun @TranIsTheMan
Well the Japanese characters literally read "The Wanderer Hawk Eye"
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Nick Kapur 14h
Replying to @iwasrun
I think that's supposed to be Hawkeye. Not sure what's going on there, and why he doesn't have a bow.
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Nick Kapur Apr 24
Avengers: Endgame characters drawn in the style of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints, by
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Nick Kapur 15h
"Through Pennsylvania Station one entered the city like a god. One scuttles in now like a rat."
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Nick Kapur 16h
Replying to @HuShuo
I love how their logo is basically the Starfleet logo
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Nick Kapur 17h
Replying to @David_Leheny
You don't want to hang out with him too much though. It's important to maintain a sense of mystery.
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Nick Kapur Apr 24
Replying to @HirokoTabuchi
This is embarrassing for Iyer, but even more embarrassing for whoever Phillip Lopate is.
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Nick Kapur Apr 24
Avengers: Endgame characters drawn in the style of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints, by
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Nick Kapur Apr 24
And second, all sorts of people (housewives, the elderly, the infirm, little kids, etc.) training with (really sharp!) bamboo spears to theoretically repel an invasion at war's end. The bamboo spear era is more like 1944 and 1945. 2/
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Nick Kapur Apr 24
So there are two distinct things going on here. First, high school students in the mid 1930s training with authentic-looking bayonets that would be worthless in actual combat in order to promote "spiritual strength" of Japanese youth. 1/
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Nick Kapur Apr 24
To my knowledge nobody has really written much about this in English. Perhaps Richard Smethurst might have written a bit on it in his 1974 book on prewar militarism. In any case, it's something I hope to write on in the near future!
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Nick Kapur Apr 24
Bayonet training was introduced to the high school physical education curriculum in the early 1930s. This required manufacturing massive amounts of poorly made "school-grade" bayonets and non-firing "school rifles."
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Nick Kapur Apr 23
Four sets of identical twins staged a time machine prank on the NYC subway
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Nick Kapur Apr 23
Great thread on how the Founders' inability to foresee the two-party system their Constitution inevitably created is the root cause of our current political disfunction
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Nick Kapur Apr 23
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shocked at how tiny Trump's hands were, compared to his "massive body"
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Nick Kapur Apr 23
Colorized photo of Anne Frank in her Amsterdam home, 1941
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Nick Kapur Apr 23
John Roberts has devoted his entire career to gutting the Voting Rights Act, beginning with his early years in the Reagan Administration, and culminating with casting the deciding vote in Shelby County. Roberts claiming to uphold the Act is the height of disingenuous hypocrisy.
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Nick Kapur Apr 23
Trees! "The U.S. Forest Service found that every $1 spent on planting trees delivers about $5.82 in public health benefits."
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Nick Kapur Apr 22
Incredibly excited to read Jennifer M. Miller's new book "Cold War Democracy," out now from !! Finally, we have a comprehensive history in English of US-Japan relations in the 1950s!
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Nick Kapur Apr 23
Japanese schoolgirls training with bayonets. A colorized photo taken in 1937.
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