August 30th, 2006

Kyouya - Outside the Lines

Coming of age in Japan (with fireworks)

I'm posting this here, since the people at thequestionclub couldn't help me on it.

The other night on the National Geographic Channel, I was watching a program about various coming of age ceremonies and rituals around the world. One in particular caught my eye; it was in Japan, and involved a boy making a fairly large traditional pair of fireworks with his father, and setting them off. There was something about the final boom at the end after all the sparks and flames shooting out symbolizing the transition from childhood to adulthood.

Unfortunately, I can't find anything about it. I'm pretty sure that Coming of Age Day is not what I'm looking for, and the only other thing I could find was the Sendai River Fireworks Festival (which I don't think is it, either).

Does anyone know what the crap I'm talking about? Or could you at least point me towards a group that might know and be able to give me or point me in the direction of more information?
in flight
  • nextian

hamstringing, revolution death tolls

Two questions for one project:

1. In the story, a character needs to be hamstrung, and Wiki is astonishingly unhelpful on the topic. All mechanical information would be useful (how to, etc.), as well as the result of being hamstrung. Could the tendons heal shut, or be recut and healed together, if this operation was performed? Would the victim have continued or chronic pain?

2. In student uprisings or smallish 'revolutions' (think Les Mis), what is the usual death count? Ideally I'd like to have a bunch of different totals, so I can come up with reasonable totals for the twin revolts in the story...
CSI Catherine 1

Mid-1980s TV & Superheroes in the UK

I've tried Google and Wikipedia on this but I don't think I'm wording the search quite right, so I'm hoping you all can help me. Questions relate to a story about a seven or eight year-old boy in 1984 or 1985.

1. Was Superman still a big figure for kids then, or was there someone else who was more popular? I'm talking about the kind of superhero character where kids want pyjamas of the superhero costumes.

2. What sort of shows were on on a typical Saturday evening? I first thought of The Generation Game but that wasn't on between 1981 and 1990. Would there have been cartoons (such as Tom & Jerry) on?

Thank you!

Edit: Sorry, I meant to say, this is in the UK! Have edited title to state this.

Edit 2: The first question has been answered, thank you! :)

Edit 3: Second question has been answered as well, thank you!