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The Sea Monk (ca. 1845)

- March 30, 2016 in japanese folklore, Jobs, sailors, sea monk, ukiyo-e, Umi Bozu, Umibōzu, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, woodblock

A woodblock print, by the late Edo period artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi, illustrating the story of an encounter with the Sea Monk or Umibozu, a spirit in Japanese folklore.

The Sea Monk (ca. 1845)

- March 30, 2016 in japanese folklore, Jobs, sailors, sea monk, ukiyo-e, Umi Bozu, Umibōzu, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, woodblock

A woodblock print, by the late Edo period artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi, illustrating the story of an encounter with the Sea Monk or Umibozu, a spirit in Japanese folklore.

Scurvy and the Terra Incognita

- May 6, 2015 in age of discovery, history of the senses, john locke, micrographia, Philosophy, robert boyle, robert hooke, sailors, Science & Medicine, scurvy, senses, touch

One remarkable symptom of scurvy, that constant bane of the Age of Discovery, was the acute and morbid heightening of the senses. Jonathan Lamb explores how this unusual affect of sailing into unchartered territory echoed a different kind of voyage, one undertaken by the Empiricists through their experiments in enhancing the senses artificially.