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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
15th April 1638: The End of the The Shimabara Rebellion
The Shimabara Rebellion was an uprising in southwestern Japan lasting from December 17, 1637 to April 15, 1638, during the Edo period. It largely involved peasants, most of them Catholic Christians. It brought about the self-imposed isolation of Japan and the suppression of Christianity that lasted for two centuries.
It was one of only a handful of instances of serious unrest during the relatively peaceful period of the Tokugawa shogunate's rule. In the wake of the Matsukura clan's construction of a new castle at Shimabara, taxes were drastically raised, which provoked anger from local peasants and rōnin (samurai without masters). Religious persecution of the local Catholics exacerbated the discontent, which turned into open revolt in 1637. The Tokugawa Shogunate sent a force of over 125,000 troops to suppress the rebels and, after a lengthy siege against the rebels at Hara Castle, defeated them.
In the wake of the rebellion, the Catholic rebel leader Amakusa Shirō was beheaded and the prohibition of Christianity was strictly enforced and the religion driven underground, bringing to an end to the long-running attempts of Jesuit missionaries to gain a foothold in the country. Japan's national seclusion policy was tightened and official persecution of Christianity continued until the 1850s. Following the successful suppression of the rebellion, the daimyo of Shimabara, Matsukura Katsuie, was beheaded for misruling, becoming the one and only daimyo to be beheaded during the Edo period.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Business promotional work
Shift 1 of the Weekend Job
Twitter Followers = 2,139 (up 4)
Never-followed unfollowers eliminated = 0
Followed unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 2
Spammers not followed back = 2
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Lack of sleep discipline caught up with me yesterday as after an early start I went back to bed and the next thing I knew it was the afternoon! I still managed to strip the beds and do the other laundry though before making supper and enjoying quality time with Missus.
With no pressing new matters, it's just a case of getting on with it, enjoying the best days of my life while I still have them. I consider myself most fortunate that I've recognized this as the best part while I'm still in it, rather than realizing it after the event.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you making the best use of what's available?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy in the morning, rain by mid-afternoon, turning cold overnight
1004 millibars and falling slightly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
My kids are always accusing me of having a "favourite child", which is ridiculous because I don't really like any of them :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Bill Burr on God's Judgement
It's considered good luck to have a sumo wrestler make your baby cry in Japan.
9. ZEN WISDOM
People whose hearts are full of gratitude and appreciation are truly beautiful. A humble heart is the wellspring of great growth and development.