Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

Large antique Japanese kamidana Shinto shrine – Japan Antique Roadshow

Shinto is one of the two major religions of Japan (the other is Buddhism).  Shinto is often considered to bethe native religion of Japan, and is as old as Japan itself.  The name Shinto means … Continue reading

November 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

Antique Japanese Butsudan Buddhist household altar – Japan Antique Roadshow

At the start of the long Japanese Edo period (1600-1868) the Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu determined that the country of Nippon (Japan) should be closed to the outside world with the … Continue reading

November 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

Antique Japanese kamidana god shelf アンティーク日本の神棚 – Japan Antique Roadshow 日本のアンティークショー

Shinto is one of the two major religions of Japan (the other is Buddhism).  Shinto is often considered to bethe native religion of Japan, and is as old as Japan … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ceramic Japanese Hannya mask 日本の般若マスク – Japan Antique Roadshow 日本のアンティークショー

The Hannya mask is possibly one of the best known and most famous of all masks used with traditional Japanese Noh theatre (please read below to learn more about Noh … Continue reading

August 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Antique Japanese Go board アンティーク日本囲碁ボード – Japan Antique Roadshow 日本のアンティークショー

Welcome to the softypapa blog. My name is Kurt Bell and I am delighted that you have chosen to walk awhile with me. I’m available on Facebook and Google+ if … Continue reading

August 31, 2013 · Leave a comment
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