Cherry blossom time in the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters. Utagawa Hiroshige. Los Angeles County Fund
Until the late nineteenth century, there was no word for ‘love’ in Japanese, no equivalent to the western concept of pure, ennobling, platonic love, the courtly love of chivalry. Love was the forbidden fruit.
The Japanese acknowledged the strength of love, its power to subvert the existing order, and…
Source: The History Girls: Love, Sex and Romance in Old Japan – Valentine’s Day Special by Lesley Downer
At the beginning of 1884, everything seemed to be going Theodore Roosevelt’s way.The 25-year-old Harvard graduate, a descendant of a colonial Dutch family with deep roots in New York City, had already written an acclaimed first book, The Naval War of 1812.
He’d also been elected to the state assembly and was making a name for himself as an energetic and outspoken Republican who wouldn’t tolerate financial corruption.
His personal life was going spectacularly as well. In 1880 he had married the tall, willowy girl of his dreams, Alice Hathaway Lee (below).Roosevelt was crazy in love with Lee and ecstatic that after a year of courtship she agreed to marry him.
On a sleigh ride near her family home in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts…
Source: The most tragic day of Teddy Roosevelt’s life | Ephemeral New York