1. Momoyama Castle in Fushimi!


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    Fushimi Castle, also known as Momoyama Castle or Fushimi-Momoyama Castle. Fushimi Castle is located on a hill, in other words a hilltop castle, which is known in Japanese as a ‘Teikakushiki’. Through numerous instances of being built, burned, and then rebuilt again – even dismantled and scattered throughout Kyoto – this modern replica was built in 1964 and stands today made of mostly concrete. Its history is long and complicated. The very first version of the castle was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi – one of Japan’s most famous historical characters – in 1592, the year after his retirement from the regency. It took two years to build with a grand total of more than 20,000 workers from twenty provinces working on it, with many elaborate rooms, such as a tea ceremony room plated entirely in gold leaf. Though it looked like a Castle on the outside, it was really meant to be a retirement palace for Hideyoshi, and he had also planned to use it for peace talks with Chinese diplomats seeking an end to the Seven-year War in Korea. Through a stroke of bad luck, though, it was destroyed in an earthquake two years after its building. Hideyoshi re-commissioned the Castle in 1597, 500 meters away from the original site; however, Hideyoshi died before he could see the second version completed and the Toyotomi clan moved to Osaka Castle in 1598. Thus, the castle came to be controlled by Torii Mototada, a vassal of Tokugawa Ieyasu and a vital figure in Japanese history. In 1600, during a war when Japan had split into two factions – the army of the East led by Tokugawa and the army of the West led by Mouri Terutomo – Fushimi Castle went under siege by Ishida Mitsunari. In an act of bravery, Torii Mototada defended the Castle for eleven days, allowing time for his lord Tokunaga to amass an army which would tip the scales in his favor at the final Battle of Sekigahara. This Battle marked the final victory of Tokugawa Ieyasu over all his rivals. At the end of the eleven days, Torii and his men committed suicide and the castle was destroyed by fire. The castle was soon reconstructed in 1602 under the order of Tokugawa Ieyasu. However, in 1619 a decision was made to dismantle the castle and incorporate its parts into temples all over Japan. Spectacularly, to this day you can see in several temples in Kyoto such as Yogen-in, Genko-an, and Hosen-in a blood-stained ceiling which was the floor of the corridor at Fushimi Castle where Torii Mototada committed suicide. Finally, in 1625, the castle was abandoned for what seemed to be for good. In 1912 the tomb of Emperor Meiji was built on the original site of the castle, and in 1964 the final replica was completed. The castle had served as the museum of the life and campaigns of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, but it was closed to the public in 2003.

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    • Alma Cubrae


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      This set of pictures have been created by Alma Cubrae (actors), Flo Tucci (digital artist), and Javi Aguilar (Photographer) working together. A great team for fantasy creations! :-) Hope you like it! Stay tuned, we're working on more pictures! ALMA CUBRAE - Actors www.almacubrae.com/ www.facebook.com/pages/Alma-Cubrae/202462076479489 Javi Aguilar - Photo www.javiaguilar.com www.facebook.com/xaguilarp Flo Tucci - Digital Art www.flotucci.com.ar www.flickr.com/photos/florenciatucci Music by Geoff Zanelli

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      • History about Leonardo da Vinci MUPPET STYLE


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        A short film about the life of Leonardo da Vinci by the great muppet professor and his assistant Doug the Muppet. Tried to keep it short, and funny.

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          from Jawad Wahabzada / Added

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          A short documentary about Timothy Vogler Gunsmith Shop at Old Salem, NC.

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          • Overland Trails in Idaho History


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            A discussion of the experience and the impacts of the Overland Trails in Idaho, 1840-1860. HIST 4423, Idaho History, Idaho State University. Dr. Kevin Marsh, Department of History.

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            • Living in History's Concluding Chapter


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              Pastor Byron MacDonald preaches from Jude 1:12-25 on January 29, 2012.

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              • Burlesque Posters


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                In the late 1800s and early 1900s, burlesque shows enthralled the American public. Sultry dancers, raucous comedy, striptease, lowbrow jokes -- burlesque shows had it all. Burlesquers in Europe performed musical and theatrical parodies. In the United States, though, burlesque found a new definition. American burlesque shows combined satire, performance art, comedy, and striptease into a new art form. Female performers wore minimal costuming and recited sexually suggestive dialogue, while male performers offered gags and jokes. Burlesquers set up acts and routines that lampooned popular culture, focusing on experiences and situations that were common to working class Americans. Burlesque skits were likely to take place in a doctor's waiting room, in a school house, or on a street corner. Though each skit was sure to include sexual innuendo, not until the 1930s did burlesquing become synonymous with striptease--in its heyday, striptease was only a portion of the burlesque act. Burlesque shows followed a three-act structure: the first act consisted of song and dance performed by women, the second act focused on lowbrow humor from male comedians, and the third act delivered a grand musical finale. While burlesque was seen as inferior to vaudeville by most performers, many vaudeville performers had started their careers as burlesquers. Burlesquing was considered a training ground where amateurs could prove they had what it took to have a career in show business. As burlesque troupes traveled the nation, they advertised their arrival with posters. Take a close look. Notice their bold colors, their striking text, and their classic imagery. These posters show what it meant to live during a rowdy time in American entertainment. Though the performers and parodies are gone, the posters live on.

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                • New Braunfels Historic Tour - 01 - The Koester Home


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                  New Braunfels Historic Tour - 01 - The Koester Home Featuring: Carol Johnson Executive Producer: Judy Young Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Ashley Scott Davison Assistant Director: Matt Chase ------- Filmed on the Panasonic AF100 & GH2 + 25mm f/0.95 Voigtlander, Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 & Olympus 12mm f/2.0. Audio was captured with Sennheiser Wireless lavs, the Tascam Dr100, Rode NTG2 & Videomic Pro. Support provided by Manfrotto sticks, a Gorillapod, and Redrock Eyespy shoulder rig. Cameras & lenses were carried in Kata backpacks and the rest of grip equipment was transported in Pelican wheeled hard cases. Also used were the Steadicam Merlin, Kessler Crane, & Philip Bloom Dolly. Edited in FCP & transcoded to AppleTV for the web. ------- Produced for the New Braunfels Convention and Visitor's Bureau by Iniosante.com llc. Copyright 2011, all rights reserved.

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                  • Robert Biale Interview


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                    Learn by drinking: http://winefolly.com Robert Biale, winemaker, shares the origin of his passion for zinfandel during ZAP 2012. Shot on a Canon 60D with a 50mm prime lens at 1.4f. Full article and other videos from ZAP: http://winefolly.com/review/zap-festival-2012-event-videos/

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                    • The Raab Collection on Piers Morgan Tonight


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                      Watch Nathan Raab of the Raab Collection and his appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight with historian Douglas Brinkley, discussing the recently discovered JFK AF-1 tapes and their historical importance. As Mr. Brinkley notes, the tapes are of inestimable historical importance. The Raab Collection discovered the tape. See photos and listen to a clip below.

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