This is from my modest collection of antique Boy Scout Handbooks. This one is from 1927.
I feel like this is something I would enjoy doing with my time. It’s both functional and beautiful, and like all the best art you can live lost in the details.
Look, making you happy is out of the question, but I can give you a compelling narrative for your misery.
— Bob Mankoff, The New Yorker
Part of the exhibit Dressed to Kill: Japanese Arms & Armor at the Cincinnati Art Museum. I love Japanese culture, and their swords in particular, so I had to visit. From the description:
Large ken, like this one, were once used as weapons by yamabushi, religious hermits living in seclusion in the mountains. Provincial lords hired yamabushi as couriers of secret messages because they could travel undetected throughout Japan on mountain routes known only to them. Yamabushi also fought alongside samurai in battle. Some became professional spies, known as ninja.
For years, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, the founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society, sought recognition for a new category of cloud called the “undulatus asperatus.” People around the world had been sending him pictures cloud formations, but they had no official name. Nine years later, the World Meteorological Organization finally recognized the clouds in the updated version of the International Cloud Atlas, the first new addition in over half a century.