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Himorogi in Japan are most commonly seen at construction sites, where they stand for a while before actual work begins. The zigzag-shaped paper streamer hanging from the boundary ropes are called shide (紙垂).


  • "The best way to predict the future is to invent it." -- Kay

Useful phrasesEdit

  • "strong in the broken places"? -- Kennedy
  • "you more than survive, you thrive"? -- Goodwin


This is not an argument, but rather a selected inventory of available data across a time-frame of years.

The contributions history is a record of invested time and focused attention. The full record presents a pattern of contributions across a range of subjects during a span of years.

An overview suggests the discernible perspective from which I approached participating in the Wikipedia project.

These selected diffs are examples of outreach commentary -- soliciting collaborative discussion and offering feedback which acknowledges the good work of others:

The following disputes are inconsistent with the one-dimensional overview which may be adduced from the record at Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Tang Dynasty:

  • December 2007 dispute? -- Japanese yen#Pronunciation and etymology, Talk:Japanese yen#Etymology. A single cited fact from Nihon Ōdai Ichiran was disputed because it was not corroborated in the standard numismatic reference works on Edo period coinage. The two questioners urged me to remove the sentence until it could be confirmed by another source. Although I did not equate a mere pair of editors with wiki-"consensus," I accepted that their position was arguably reasonable. I complied with their best judgment. Many months later, Oda Mari saw something on Japanese television which confirmed what Julius Klaproth had included in the supplement Isaac Titsingh had drafted in Annales des empereurs du Japon. She contacted me to let me know that what I had posted (and temporarily removed) was corroborated by another credible reference source; and consequently, I restored this trivial fact in the etymology section of the article.
See also -- Throne of England, Talk:Throne of England#Purpose article created in lieu of redirect page
See also -- Dragon Throne, Talk: Dragon Throne#Purpose article created by Tenmei in lieu of disambiguation/redirect page
  • January 2009 dispute? Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū, Talk:Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū. This dispute illustrates an unsatisfactory development which went nowhere because the one complainer simply gave up. I created corollary articles as a way of broadening the base of the dispute; and also I thought the gesture might demonstrate my willingness to work collaboratively.
See also -- Hakozaki Shrine; Talk:Hakozaki Shrine, article created by Tenmei
See also -- Usa Shrine, article created by Tenmei

These three examples demonstrate time and thought invested in working through problems using research and collaborative skills.

In closing, let me repeat that this is not an argument -- only a survey of data across a time-frame of years.