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This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 23 - Moon Attack (ムーン・アタック), discuss our first impressions, and provide commentary and research Japanese youth and religion, home shrines and altars in Japan, and a Gundam names round-up that include Buran Blutarch (ブラン・ブルターク), Mouar Pharoah (マウアー・ファラオ), and Siddeley. Plus, the birds laugh at us (a research dead-end!).
- From my attempts to figure out "the birds will laugh at me" - a study of Chinese pottery from a specific kiln, includes examples of pottery with poetry painted on and the “I fear flowers and birds will laugh at me” line.
- Anime News Network page for Andersen Monogatari, a 1968 Japanese animated film based on the life and stories of Hans Christian Andersen.
- Info page and link to watch Ahiru no ko, or The Ugly Duckling, a silent animated short from Japan, released in 1932. This website is amazing, and has lots of early Japanese animated works viewable in their entirety.
- Published study about Japanese young adults and their perception of religion:
Japanese Youth Confronts Religion, Fernando M. Basabe. 1967.
- Wikipedia articles for kamidana and butsudan, as well an article from learnjapanese123.com about them, and one from tofugu.com about butsudan specifically. The Tofugu article has some great historical information on how the practice of keeping a butsudan may have developed.
- Book about ceremony in Japanese home-life, including butsudan, kamidama, and the practices around them:
Jeremy, Michael, et al. Ceremony and Symbolism in the Japanese Home. University of Hawaii Press, 1989.
- Paper about perceptions and use of butsudan in the Japanese diaspora community in the United States, especially among nisei, sansei, and further removed generations:
Iwamura, Jane Naomi. “Altared States: Exploring the Legacy of Japanese American Butsudan Practice.” Pacific World, no. 5, ser. 3, 2003, pp. 275–292. 3.
- NY Times Article about the Soviet Buran program's test flights immediately prior to Zeta's creation:
"SOVIET UNION LOFTS A SHUTTLE MODEL IN AMBITIOUS PLAN" by John Noble Wilford, Dec. 20 1984.
- NBC Article about the KGB stealing shuttle program documents for the Buran program:
"How the Soviets stole a space shuttle" by Robert Windrem, Nov. 4, 1997.
- Brief Roscosmos video about the Buran, in Russian but includes video of the craft launching and its fully automated landing.
- CNN Article about the Buran being left to rot in Kazakhstan:
"Two abandoned Soviet space shuttles left in Kazakh steppe" by Jacopo Prisco, Dec. 21, 2017.
- Detailed timeline of the Buran program.
- Wikipedia page for Plutarch.
- Liz Taylor/Mouar side-by-side comparison image (created by Thom).
- Wikipedia pages for John Siddeley, the Hawker Siddeley company, and the Hawker Siddeley Harrier (a famous VTOL fighter jet).
- Excessively dramatic mini-documentary about the Harrier with a lot of footage of them in action.
- The song for the TNN Marasai advertisement is "Drops of H2O ( The Filtered Water Treatment )" by J.Lang (c) copyright 2012 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: Airtone.
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