November 8th, 2004



While posting a comment on imomus, I came across this site for a translation of the Hotsuma-Tsutae, an intriguing piece of 18th century writing that claims to originate in early history (You can try here and here for a sort of background) and preserve the original Japanese language as it was wrote before those Korean scribes arrived. I can remember spending an evening trying to read an impenetrably Fortean article about it in Japanese, only for Tim Barrett to make life simpler by saying that the thing was bogus. Of course, that doesn't mean it's not worth a look...

If I was ever unfeasibly rich, I'd like to keep Professor Barrett on a retainer to follow me around so the day could be peppered with information about Daoism, the Tang dynasty, cats and similar.