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  1. Poll: The TV series "Connections" once postulated that...

    The TV series "Connections" once postulated that it was tea that did China in, scientifically speaking. Tea was drunk from ceramic mugs. The development of *glass*drinking utensils never came about....
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    Conquered != wiped out.

    Conquered != wiped out.
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    Maciamo, I like the way you think. Personally,...

    Maciamo, I like the way you think.

    Personally, I believe you are correct in every way.
  4. Judging from this, and your thread suggesting...

    Judging from this, and your thread suggesting katakana were derived from European letters, I think you have a misguided and somewhat simplistic view of Japanese....
  5. Considering how *few* Japanese had access or...

    Considering how *few* Japanese had access or exposure to the Dutch, that is REALLY far-fetched.
  6. Except -chan is a rather late arrival in the...

    Except -chan is a rather late arrival in the honorifics category, generally being considered a corruption of -san, which itself is a corruption of the older -sama.


    Tony
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    This thread makes me cry.

    This thread makes me cry.
  8. Sticky: Poll: I'm really gung-ho on the Heian period, and the...

    I'm really gung-ho on the Heian period, and the paradigm shift to Kamakura (though for some reason everyone associates me with the sengoku). Fascinating stuff.

    Tony
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    Poll: I should throw one in. I was a Japanese...

    I should throw one in.

    I was a Japanese history buff in college, so it was only natural that I started studying Japanese (back in 1978 -- Gah!!).
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    Sorry, but Yasuke was not a bodyguard, samurai,...

    Sorry, but Yasuke was not a bodyguard, samurai, or advisor.

    If anything, he was a "mascot." He was an oddity to Japan, and Nobunaga, ever one to be into exotica, acquired him from the fellow who...
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