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The Forgotten Muse: America’s First Supermodel Behind New York’s Architectural Marvel—The David N. Dinkins Municipal Building

<Excerpt from New York Offbeat Walks: Civic Center, Chinatown & Little Italy> Follow the map (north), looking to your right (1) for the imposing David N. Dinkins Municipal Building. One of the biggest public buildings in the world, it has been home to many New York City public offices since 1913. It combines a variety of architectural styles, from Imperial ... Read More »

Meet the Author, Stephen Millar

New York Offbeat Walks is a pocket-size guide containing 12 walks covering Manhattan. It is not a guide to the mainstream, but the quirkier side of Manhattan, for jaded residents who want to rediscover their city and explore areas they often overlook. This is NOT your typical guide—this book will show you the quirkier side of Manhattan. See where the ... Read More »

Happy Holidays!

“It’s the most wonderful time of the yearWith the kids jingle bellingAnd everyone telling you be of good cheerIt’s the most wonderful time of the year” Sending You Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season, and a Joyful 2023! Peace, Love, and Books Team MUSEYON Read More »

Tell Me a Story, Please

The sweet magical tale from Japan highlights the power of reading aloud and the joy of creating a story. under a tall maple tree, a young Japanese girl reading stories attracts some animal companions. Though Yuka can read on her own now that she’s in first grade, she loves listening to her mother tell stories in different voices. When her ... Read More »

Hojo Tokimune

RANSHIN: Tokimune would become eighth Regent at age 18. The Hojo Regents at this time were the de facto rulers of Japan, effectively controlling the figurehead shogunate. Hojo Tokimune (1251–1284) was born an elite warrior and statesman, destined to rule his clan and country, on June 5, 1251, to the fifth Shikken (Regent) to the Shogun, Hojo Tokiyori. Tokimune would ... Read More »

Letter from Kublai Khan to the Japanese Emperor

RANSHIN: In 1266, Kublai Khan sent envoys to Japan with a letter addressed to the “King of Japan.” In 1266, Kublai Khan (1215–1294), the new Mongol emperor of China, sent envoys to Japan with a letter addressed to the “King of Japan”—a title guaranteed to offend the Japanese emperor. The letter itself was equally unpalatable. The Great Khan “invited” Japan ... Read More »

The Mongol Invasions of Japan

Ranshin: Literally meaning “divine wind,” the term kamikaze was coined in honor of the 1281 typhoon, as it was perceived to be a gift from the gods Nippon (Japan) is an island nation in East Asia. Archaeological evidence indicates that humans have lived in Japan since at least 30,000 BCE. During Japan’s long history, several communities have invaded the nation, ... Read More »

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