Monday, December 9, 2013

Serai Magazine

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Back about 9 months ago, I attended one of the local kiri-e classes with a Japanese woman that likes being very social. At the time, she'd taken photos of everyone's finished artwork, then printed up post cards with the pictures in the corner to give back to their creators. When we finished the Aira City View trip on the 17th, she came up to me and mentioned that she was in the class when I showed off the papercraft model of Himeji Castle, and that she'd thought that I'd appreciate a copy of a magazine she'd bought. The magazine was the Sept., 2012, issue of Serai.

There are LOTS of special interest magazines in Japan (golf, model rail trains, train-hopping, giant robot plastic model making), and Serai, a semi-travel magazine is one of them (their slogan is "For Japan's Affluent Adults"). The issue I received focuses heavily on Japanese castles, and in-country travel. There are several articles on different castles and their histories, plus CG images of reconstructions of the ones that no longer exist for various reasons (torn down, burned down, destroyed in air bombing). It is a very visually interesting magazine and worth picking up if you like Japanese history or castles in general.

(Top to bottom: Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582), Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598) and Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616) - Three of Japan's top warlords and castle builders.)

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