Titsingh's text attempts to present the Japane...Image via Wikipedia & NYPL
Currently on their sixtieth lap in the swim meet: 文 早 本

お早う
お早うございます
できるだけ早く
一文
一本
見本
三本
四本
手早い
手本
小文字
人文

早い
早く
早まる
早める
早口
大文字
天文
天文学
日本
日本一
日本人

文学
文字
文中

本の
本気
本山
本人
本土
本日
本年
本文
本名
本木

Hurry up and put words into the book!

So today we have another interesting word. Well not so much a word as an era. The ol' Tenbun era (天文).  Now what I find interesting about this era are two things. I'm not sure why but I had always thought and era would be longer than 22 years. Hoo boy was I wrong. The 天文 era lasted only that and a quick look shows the Genkyū era lasted only two. Now as for eras wikipedia lists about 256 different eras. First thing I thought when seeing that was holy cow. Now I think "Oh goody goody gum drops more interesting history to read." The second thing I found interesting was that it seems in this era a Portuguese ship made port and was the first time guns made it to Japan.

Now the wiki article for this era pretty much relies on a book by Isaac Titsingh that has the original text scanned on Google (which isn't in english). Though, there is an english translation availible. Go go gadget Google!

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