February 2nd, 2005

Questions about Japanese cemetaries and grave attendence

Sorry about the awkward phrasing.
How do the Japanese attend their graves? Do they leave flowers at them like Americans/Westerners?
Also, in some of the manga( probably not the best source) I've read, I've seen people splash water and leave food on the graves. Can someone explain that to me?
Also how do the Japanese dispose of their dead? I got the impression that they were creameated and then buried, but not sure if this is true everywhere in Japan.
My character lives in Hokkaido (spelling?) if that changes anything.

The wonderful world of Mind Control

So, let's say you have these characters that have been kidnapped by a secret government cell that is trying to create the perfect little solider. They're subjected to torture, interrogation, and then some nice, drug-assisted brainwashing to make them nice company men and women and get rid of all that unnecessary stuff like happy memories, remnants of their personalities and loved ones and those pesky ideals and morals.

How do said loved ones get those happy memories, personalities, ideals, morals, etc. back? How do they deprogram what the big bad government did?

Now, I've been researching online, but most of the information I'm finding is about the brainwashing process itself (and mostly related to religious cults more than secret government agencies bent on world domination). If I ever decide to start a fanatical cult and brainwash my members into thinking I'm the new God, I'll have a good foundation to do so. But I can't find a whole lot of available info on deprogramming the reprogrammed. So any information would be very helpful.

Death in Labor/Newborns/Legal Guardianship

A bit of a morbid topic: What are some reasons a woman might die in labor? The situation I'm going with is that she had a rather normal pregnancy with no complications (in my world, pregnancies last about 10 months from conception to birth) but something goes wrong during the labor process that is possibly undetected and the mother dies within one to three hours. The baby survives with few if any complications and is otherwise fine. I was originally going with an undetected weaking of a blood vessel, but I'd rather change it to something more pregnancy related.

Also, what would be the basic care of a newborn within the first two weeks who doesn't have a mother? Is the only major change being formula's the only feeding solution or am I missing some fine tuning?

Finally, the woman's sister steps forward and insists that she should take the newborn son and his 4 year old sister away from their father (she's acting on the grief of the father as an opportunity to take his kids; she hates him and would have no guilt). The woman and the father of the children weren't married, but had been together for years. I'm pretty sure she can't have them, since he is their biological father, but how would a judge basically rule? I'm asking for a more legal and polite way to say, "Bitch, please."

Gymnastics question

In a translation I'm looking at, I've run across a word in Japanese that my dictionary gives as "feetfirst somersault hanging from the horizontal bar" or "forward upward circling." However, I'm not entirely sure if there's a more standard term for this or not, and I'm having a hard time finding out, hampered largely by my utter lack of understanding of gymnastics. Googling "forward upward circling" seems to indicate that it's a very Japanese thing, but I'm not sure about that, either.

You can see a picture of someone doing this move here.

Does anyone out there know more about this move, or know whether it has a more standard name in English?

Thanks!

Cutlery

Really stupid quesation: what are those littlespikey things you stick at the ends of a cob of corn (is it even called that?) called? Is there even a specific name?

(And yes, trhe fandom is Secrt Window :) )

ETA: Thank you everyone; I think that I now have what I need for the drabble. Now if it would just stop eating my braina nd get written I would be happy :D

Puritanical Art (The Crucible)

Alright, first post. This is for a diary type thing I'm writing, based on The Crucible. It's from the point of view of Rev. Nathan Hale.

1) What kind of art was popular in Salem, Mass. around the time of the Salem witch trials?

2) What were the Puritan's views on art?

3) Would it be 'in character' for a reverand in those times to have some small doodles in the margins of his private journal? For example, a stick figure of himself by the bedside of someone he was examining.

Please and thank you!