Author Archive for Christopher MAYO

Cherry Blossoms in the Kojiki

I read an interesting article about cherry blossoms on the PBS site this morning. The PBS article displayed the image above from the 712 Records of Ancient Matters (Kojiki 古事記), and the writer claims that the text contains the “first…

External Keyboard Shortcuts for the iPad

The iPad’s screen keyboard and the bluetooth one paired with it have a number of useful shortcuts that make a huge difference in creating content. I used to lament the lack of a mouse, but now that I’ve become accustomed…

Plain Text for Students and Researchers

I write in plain text whenever I can for several reasons, but you might wonder how this actually works for something like a paper for class, a journal article, or a dissertation. Can You Write a Dissertation in Plain Text?…

Formatting Unformatted Text

I’ve posted before about how I prefer to take my notes in plain, unformatted text. This might seem a little extreme, but in fact, using plain text doesn’t mean you have to give up formatting altogether. Markdown A few years…

The Case for Plain Text

When I take notes, I like to write them in plain, unformatted text. Tech luminaries on the Web have been advocating plain text for a while now (David Sparks, Brett Terpstra, and Merlin Mann to name a few). I’ve also…

English-Language Academic Journals Related to East Asia

The list of journals below primarily contains English-language content focused on East Asia, but some have a broader scope. JSTOR (generally older works) and Project Muse (generally newer works) are the two major journal repositories, and educational institutions usually offer…

Ochiai Tomb Mound Group 落合古墳群

On July 2, 2017 I will be leading Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学 students and faculty on a historical tour of sites along the “Old Road of Kumano” 熊野古道. The “Ochiai Tomb Mounds” 落合古墳群 are one of the first locations that we…