The theme for this week's Blog Linky Party is Books, Reading and Authors. I wasn't able to find any Gotochi cards of books or of people reading, but I did find a couple of writers. Adding in a few other cards I hope this will be an interesting look at literary themed postcards.
Many non-Japanese people may be unfamiliar with the person below. However, people in Japan usually see him every day. He holds the place of honour on the 1000 yen note. This is Hideyo Noguchi, a research scientist who was born in Fukushima. He had quite an interesting life and in Japan is highly regarded as a medical hero. However, when I read the Wikipedia entry about his life I was quite shocked. He supposedly experimented on orphaned children and was often accused of having research inaccuracies.
I am not sure if the Wikipedia article is correct, but it certainly does not make Noguchi seem like he should be a national hero for going to Africa to try to discover the origin of Yellow Fever. He does belong on this page however for the many research articles that he published.
I have visited the Hideyo Noguchi museum in Fukushima. It was very interesting. Also, I was surprised that the Wikipedia article made no mention of his wife. Noguchi had an American wife, which would have been rather unusual at the time.
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The rather large man below is a representation of Saigo Takamori, a samurai, poet and politician. I don't know a lot about him, but his life is thought to be the basis of the character of Katsumoto, played by Ken Watanabe in the film The Last Samurai. Kagoshima is very far from the area of Japan that I live in, so I haven't done very much reading on Takamori.
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This gentleman came in the mail one day this year from the United States. He is quite a famous author, L. Frank Baum, the writer who gave us the Oz series, including of course, The Wizard of Oz.
This is Tove Jannson, a Finnish author and artist, most famous for the Moomin series.
This is a portrait of Evelyn Waugh. He was the author of Brideshead Revisited, amongst other novels.
I hope that you have enjoyed my quick look at some famous authors. I have only recently begun to collect author cards on Postcrossing, but I have a few now. If you would like to see more cards that fit the topics of books or writers, please select one of those tabs on the right side.
Thank you for visiting this Linky Blog Party. I hope that you will visit some of the other members of the group and see what they have for your viewing pleasure!