@Regrann from @unesco: From 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to Journey to the Center of the Earth to Around the World in 80 Days and through dozens of other works, Jules Verne created a world of wonder and adventure, where the improbable and maybe even the unbelievable seemed not only plausible, but desirable. March 24th marks the 112th anniversary of the death of the celebrated French writer, whose imagination fueled countless dreams.
African by the name of Yasuke who was made a samurai by the Japanese Daimyo Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582) after taking on the role of his body guard. Yasuke was brought to Japan in 1579 by Jesuit missionaries and gained the attention and interest of the Japanese nobleman. suke’s Rise as a Samurai
Yasuke’s origins are shrouded in mystery. He was probably born between 1555 and 1566, but even that is not certain. Historians are not even sure of the origin of his name, though it is most likely the Japanese form of his original name. According to one source, he may have been a Makua from Mozambique. It has also been suggested that he was from Angola or Ethiopia. Additionally, he may have been a European-born slave from Portugal.
Whatever his origin, Yasuke first appears in history in 1579 as an attendant of the Jesuit missionary Alessandro Valignano coming to Japan to visit the missions that had been set up there. Yasuke was most likely a slave.
Yasuke’s black skin generated a lot of interest from the native Japanese and many are said to have come to see him at the church which the Jesuits had constructed in Kyoto. This commotion caught the interest of the Daimyo, Lord Nobunaga, who asked for an audience with him. Nobunaga apparently was skeptical that Yasuke’s black skin was genuine and had him remove his shirt and rub his skin to show that it wasn’t ink. Nobunaga was nonetheless impressed by Yasuke’s height.
He is recorded to have been over 6 feet (182cm) tall in an era where most Japanese men were closer to 5 feet (152 cm) tall. This height would have made him very imposing to most indigenous inhabitants of the islands.
Nobunaga soon made Yasuke his retainer and body guard. He was eventually made a samurai in 1581 and stationed at Nobunaga’s Azuchi Castle. After this, Nobunaga would invite Yasuke to dine at his table, an unusual privilege even for a samurai.
He was also made the Daimyo’s sword bearer with his own katana. During this time, he learned to speak Japanese fluently as well. #Samurai#blackhistory#ancient#history
Happy Greek Independence Day! Today marks the beginning of the Greek War of Independence in 1821, a war which lasted eight years, claimed thousands of lives and ultimately ended in a free Greece after nearly 400 years of oppression by the Ottoman Turks. The Kingdom of Greece was formed in 1833 by the great powers that supported their war for independence. (Grateful Hellas by Theodoros Vryzakis, 1858) #greece#art#culture#history
There are lots of things I love about Berlin so far but their little version of the green man in traffic lights is the best. There are entire shops dedicated to him and he appears on everything from pasta shapes to dog collars. Time to head of exploring for another day #visitberlin
Una foto del Borgo di Sala, oggi piazza Wagner, durante i funerali di Giuseppe Verdi nel 1901. Sulla destra si vede la chiesa di San Pietro in Sala, mentre a sinistra si vede l'Osteria della Berta Filava.
Il curioso nome, usato poi come titolo in molte canzoni e in testi letterari, ha due possibili origini, entrambe molto fantasiose e risalenti al Medioevo.
La prima racconta di come Berta fosse Bertranda di Laon, erede dei re Merovingi, data in sposa a Pipino il Breve, re di Francia. Durante il viaggio per raggiungere il futuro sposo, rimase vittima di un complotto che vide la figlia di una dama di compagnia, del tutto simile a Berta, sostituirla e finendo in sposa al re. Berta, che sarebbe probabilmente dovuta essere uccisa, riuscì a fuggire e si nascose per anni da un umile tagliaboschi dove fece la filatrice. Ma Berta aveva un difetto fisico, un piede molto più lungo dell'altro, e per questo era nota anche come Berta la Piedona. Grazie a questa peculiarità riuscì a farsi riconoscere, tipo Cenerentola al contrario, a cacciare l'usurpatrice e a sposarsi con Pipino, diventando regina di Francie e madre di Carlo Magno.
L'altra leggenda, risalente all'incirca all'anno Mille, racconta di una poverissima filatrice, che per testimoniare la sua fedeltà alla regina Berta di Savoia, le fece dono della cosa più preziosa che possedesse, un grosso fuso di lana. Commossa, la regina, le donò un campo di terra da coltivare vasto tanto quanto il lungo filo del fuso donatole. Quando la voce si diffuse tutte le filatrici corsero a donare fusi alla regina, ma questa rispose loro che "era finito il tempo in cui Berta filava". Il modo di dire divenne di uso popolare per indicare un tempo andato e che mai tornerà. #sanpietroinsala#bertafilava#milano#history#architecturelovers#architectureporn#archilovers#architecture#ig_milan#ig_milano#italy#italia#architettura#archdaily#architects