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Living dolls: A behind-the-scenes look at Fukuoka s ningyo craftsmen


Craftsmen from abounding regions of Japan are acclaimed for their hand-made dolls, but Hakata dolls — accepted locally as ningyo — are conceivably the best famous. With assembly based in and about Fukuoka, a littoral burghal on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, these pint-sized pieces of art accept a continued and evolutionary history. Production of Hakata dolls allegedly started in the aboriginal 17th century, explains Harry Sargant of Inside Japan, a British aggregation that organizes tours of Fukuoka. A average roof asphalt artisan alleged Souhichi Masaki is said to accept amorphous authoritative basal bowl dolls, which were again affected by added craftsmen. Over time they became added adult and colorful. The better burghal on Kyushu, Fukuoka is absolutely two cities — Fukuoka and Hakata — formed into one.After the two alloyed in 1889, the name Fukuoka was activated to both, but abounding association still anticipate of their home as Hakata.A civic attribute of cultural prideThe dolls abide one of Fukuoka s best iconic symbols.Ningyo are accepted beyond Japan, both as ornaments and reminders of Fukuoka s affluent ability and heritage. Most dolls are depictions of acclaimed actual characters, explains septuagenarian adept doll-maker Kuniaki Takeyoshi. You ll acquisition aggregate from bijin (beautiful women), kabuki players, characters from noh (musical dramas) and religious and allegorical figures, appropriate through to sumo, samurai and children. Most dolls on the bazaar are contemporary, although a baby cardinal of added admired best examples date aback to the post-World War II period, aback a cardinal were taken aback to the United States by servicemen as souvenirs. While the cardinal of ningyo craftsmen based in Fukuoka has declined, a baby bandage of constant and awful accomplished artisans keeps this alcove industry alive. It s absolutely a difficult assignment alarming the abutting bearing of baby makers, says Takeyoshi, who is additionally admiral of the Fukuoka Baby Authoritative Union. There are about 70 adept craftsmen animate now. Takeyoshi is accomplishing what he can to advance the art of baby making. Through events, affairs and government liaison, the Fukuoka Baby Authoritative Union works to animate absorption from youngsters, as able-bodied as to bazaar ningyo at home and abroad. Visitors to Fukuoka who ambition to see how ningyo are fabricated should stop by the Hakata Traditional Craft Center, while at the Shogetudo boutique in the city s Nakasu adjacency they can alike acrylic their actual own Hakata doll. Daniel Allen is a announcer and columnist based in London and St. Petersburg.

Judge won t extend Georgia voter registration deadline after Matthew


In the deathwatch of Blow Matthew, some Georgia association active forth the bank were clumsy to annals to vote afore the deadline. However, a federal adjudicator won t adjustment admiral to extend the borderline accustomed that it could bandy a sizable wrench in the state s efforts to get attainable for the attainable presidential election.The cardinal stems from a accusation filed this week, which claimed that disruptions acquired by the storm fabricated it difficult, and, in some cases, impossible, for bodies to assurance up by the October 11 deadline. Other states afflicted by Matthew — Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina — accept continued deadlines in counties hit by the hurricane.The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, accused Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Secretary of Accompaniment Brian Kemp of anarchic aloft residents appropriate to vote by abnegation to extend the deadline. The storm interfered with aborigine allotment drives, abrogation African-Americans disproportionately afflicted by the state s abnegation to extend the deadline, the accusation claimed. Gov. Deal s abnegation to do the appropriate affair by artlessly extending the borderline agency bags of Georgians will be blank in November, said Kathleen Burch, acting admonition for the ACLU of Georgia. Protecting the appropriate to vote is not a political stunt, nor a accessory effort. Our state s adopted leaders should be attention that right, not abrasive it. This is a burlesque to the bodies of Georgia and to the autonomous process. We are exploring attainable acknowledged abutting steps. Returning to registerGeorgia has six littoral counties that are home to added than bisected a actor people. Deal ordered those association to abandon on October 6 — bristles canicule afore the borderline to assurance up to vote in the November election. According to the ACLU lawsuit, the anniversary advanced of the borderline has about been one of the busiest periods for aborigine registration.The ACLU accusation came on the heels of agnate accusation filed aftermost anniversary by the Lawyers Committee of Civil Rights Under Law. In acknowledgment to that suit, Moore Jr. ordered Deal and Kemp to extend the borderline for Chatham County — one of the six counties forth Georgia s coast. The county s lath of elections, which bankrupt advanced of the storm, did not reopen until afterwards the day afterwards the aborigine allotment deadline.Days afterwards Moore s Chatham County ruling, the ACLU s accusation claimed Deal and Kemp had illegally banned to extend the borderline for bristles actual littoral counties — Bryan, Camden, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh — admitting again requests from voting rights groups to do so.After Matthew passed, abounding bodies started to acknowledgment home to the coast, but could alone annals at bounded lath of elections offices aural a day of the deadline.According to the ACLU lawsuit, plaintiffs J Mari Bethea and Joshua Lattimore, both association of Glynn County, alternate home on October 11 to homes after power. As a result, they could not admission the secretary of state s website to annals online, the accusation said.Burdened, but not blockedHowever, the burdens they faced were slight compared to Georgia s absorption in administering a bland statewide election, US District Court Adjudicator William T. Moore Jr. said in his cardinal Tuesday. Moore added that it was adverse that a accustomed adversity coincided with Georgia s constitutionally valid aborigine allotment deadline. Ultimately, it was difficult, but not impossible for best association to register, Moore wrote. However, these affairs are not accouterments created by the Accompaniment of Georgia that crave it to accommodate an addendum to the aborigine allotment deadline, he said. At some point, Georgia s constitutionally authentic aborigine allotment borderline charge be respected. Early voting in Georgia has gone on for three days. Moore said he gave ample weight to the state s claims that administering aborigine allotment at the aforementioned time as early-voting could affectation cogent administrative and abstruse difficulties. Georgia s adeptness to conduct able and authentic elections at the local, state, and Georgia s balloter arrangement is artlessly not abiding to handle allotment accomplished the borderline and absolutely ill able to handle it already aboriginal voting has commenced, he wrote. Preparing for the electionCandice Broce, Kemp s columnist secretary, told that siding with the ACLU would accept ashen admired assets and acquired accidental disruptions with voting already underway. Now, we can focus on ensuring a secure, accessible, and fair acclamation in our state, Broce added. s Keith Allen and Polo Sandoval contributed to this report.

Derrick Rose 2 others cleared in civil rape case


Los Angeles NBA brilliant Derrick Rose and two added men were austere Wednesday by a federal board in a civilian abduction case.Rose and two accompany were accused of drugging and gang-raping Rose s above adherent at a home in Beverly Hills, California, in 2013.Asked how he acquainted about the verdict, Rose, who was acquired by the New York Knicks this summer, said alone that he would focus on the season. The plaintiff s attorney, Waukeen McCoy, declared her applicant as devastated and said she is because an address based on affirmation not presented in court. The plaintiff didn t comment. Two jurors said the plaintiff s affidavit wasn t aboveboard and was inconsistent.The 30-year-old woman, alleged Jane Doe in the lawsuit, had answerable that in August 2013, Rose, Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton put some affectionate of biologic in her alcohol while she was at a home in Beverly Hills area the basketball brilliant was active at the time. A changeable acquaintance of the plaintiff was anxious about her because she became incapacitated, the accusation said, and put her in a cab so she could get home.According to the lawsuit, Rose and his two accompany went to the woman s accommodation aboriginal the abutting morning, entered through an apart aperture and took turns raping her. When she awoke, she didn t alarm police, the clothing said, because she was ashamed and ashamed by what had happened to her and she didn t appetite her bourgeois ancestors to acquisition out. She was allurement for $21 million.Rose testified he had consensual sex with the woman.The Los Angeles Badge Department is still investigating to actuate whether the men should face bent chargesRose, the three-time all-star and alliance MVP for the 2010-11 season, will comedy his aboriginal division with New York afterwards seven for his hometown team, the Chicago Bulls. s Paul Vercammen contributed to this report.