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Tags:   Chubby Baby Holding a Big Fish Gods in My Home Royal Ontario Museum ROM Toronto Ontario Canada Music to My Eyes

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Tags:   Enjoying Music (Happiness) Together Gods in My Home Royal Ontario Museum ROM Toronto Ontario Canada

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Excerpt from the information plaque:

Looking like horns of plenty, Chihuly's old wooden rowboats are filled with various glass forms. The idea for Boats arose in 1995 in Finland, where he floated pieces of glass downstream in a river. Local teenagers retrieved them in rowboats. This inspired Chihuly to make boat installations, here combining his earlier Niijima Floats and Ikebana series. The spheres recall small glass fishing net floats he found as a child on the shore of Puget Sound in Washington, while his name for the series relates to his visit to Niijima Island, Japan in 1989. The Ikebana series' name refers to the art of Japanese flower arrangement.

Tags:   Float Boat Chihuly Exhibits Royal Ontario Museum Toronto Ontario Canada Music to My Eyes

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Excerpt from Wikipedia:

Tomoe Gozen (1157?–1247), was a late twelfth-century female samurai warrior (onna-bugeisha), known for her bravery and strength. She fought with Minamoto no Yoshinaka in the Genpei War.

According to one historical account, “Tomoe was especially beautiful, with white skin, long hair, and charming features. She was also a remarkably strong archer, and as a swords-woman she was a warrior worth a thousand, ready to confront a demon or a god, mounted or on foot. She handled unbroken horses with superb skill; she rode unscathed down perilous descents. Whenever a battle was imminent, Yoshinaka sent her out as his first captain, equipped with strong armor, an oversized sword, and a mighty bow; and she performed more deeds of valor than any of his other warriors.
— The Tale of the Heike”

After defeating the Taira and driving them into the western provinces, Minamoto no Yoshinaka (Tomoe's master) took Kyoto and desired to be the leader of the Minamoto clan. His cousin Yoritomo was prompted to crush Yoshinaka, and sent his brothers Yoshitsune and Noriyori to kill him. Yoshinaka fought Yoritomo's forces at the Battle of Awazu on February 21, 1184, where Tomoe Gozen purportedly took at least one head of the enemy. Although Yoshinaka's troops fought bravely, they were outnumbered and overwhelmed. When Yoshinaka was defeated there, with only a few of his soldiers standing, he told Tomoe Gozen to flee because he wanted to die with his foster brother Imai no Shiro Kanehira and he said that he would be ashamed if he died with a woman.

There are varied accounts of what followed. At Battle of Awazu in 1184, she is known for beheading Honda no Moroshige of Musashi. She is also known for having killed Uchida Ieyoshi and for escaping capture by Hatakeyama Shigetada.

Tags:   Wakashu Royal Ontario Museum Toronto Ontario Canada Tomoe Gozen A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints


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