Taliesin Banzai

Friday, December 2, 2011 
Taliesin Banzai

Kato, Banzai reminds me of Banzai Cliff during the Pacific War.

Oh…?  Do you really know about the mind-boggling, horrendous incident on Saipan Island?

I’ve seen the tragedy in the documentary war film.

Banzai Cliff

Banzai Cliff is the northernmost cape of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands.
During World War II, the Japanese military headquarters was located on the northern island of Saipan.
The U.S. military fought a fierce battle (the Battle of Saipan) from June 15, 1944 till July 9, 1944.

Battle of Saipan

Suicidal Women

Banzai Cliff Today

Utterly defeated, Japanese soldiers and civilians threw themselves into the sea from Banzai Cliff—so-called because they shouted “Emperor Banzai (Hurray—literarlly, live for ten thousand years)” before their dive, although American soldiers asked them not to dive to death.
The number of suicidal victims has been said up to 10,000.
The sea around the cliff became red with their blood.

After the war, the memorial was built, along with a number of memorial towers near the cliff.

It was really an awful incident, wasn’t it?

Yes, it was.  But today, I won’t talk about the tragedy at Saipan.

Then, Kato, you’re going to talk about the tragedy at Taliesin, aren’t you?

More personal turmoil

On August 15, 1914, while Wright was working in Chicago, Julian Carlton, a male servant from Barbados who had been hired several months earlier, set fire to the living quarters of Taliesin and murdered seven people with an axe as the fire burned.
The dead included Mamah; her two children, John and Martha; a gardener; a draftsman named Emil Brodelle; a workman; and another workman’s son.
Two people survived the mayhem, one of whom helped to put out the fire that almost completely consumed the residential wing of the house.
Carlton swallowed muriatic acid immediately following the attack in an attempt to kill himself.
He was nearly lynched on the spot, but was taken to the Dodgeville jail.
Carlton died from starvation seven weeks after the attack, despite medical attention.

In 1922, Wright’s first wife, Kitty, granted him a divorce, and Wright was required to wait one year until he married his then-partner, Maude “Miriam” Noel.
In the following year, Wright’s mother, Anna Wright, died.
Wright wed Miriam Noel in November 1923, but her addiction to morphine led to the failure of the marriage in less than one year.

SOURCE: Frank Lloyd Wright
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Quoted in: “Taliesin Studio”

Diane,… I think you’re preoccupied by tragedies.  Are you a tragedy-mania by any chance?

No, of course, I’m not.  Since you’ve jotted down “Taliesin Banzai” on the top, I thought you would talk about Carlton who swallowed muriatic acid immediately following the attack in an attempt to kill himself.

I don’t think he shouted “Taliesin Banzai” when he tried to kill himself.

Then, Kato, how come you’ve come up “Taliesin Banzai”?

The Japanese used to shout “Banzai” whenever they felt overjoyed—rather than when they were in an acute depress.

So, Kato, are you saying, you were overjoyed somehow, aren’t you?

Yes, I am.

Tell me how you became overjoyed.

Look at the following list.

What on earth is this?  I cannot read Japanese.

This is the list of popular pages on my Ameba blog, based on the access records from November 1 till November 30, 2011.  Look at Number 5 in the list!

“Taliesin Studio”—which you wrote on November 24, didn’t you?

Yes, I did.  You can also see “Swansea” at the 6th position, “Madame Lindbergh” in the eighth, and “Letters to Diane” in the ninth position.

So, is that the reason you got overjoyed?

Yes, I was more than happy to see my articles in English in the above list.

How come?

‘Cause 80 people have read “Taliesin Studio” since November 24.  Compared to other articles, it attracted quite a few readers.  Mind you, it is written in English.  Besides, those readers are regulars.

Kato, how do you know?

Look at the following list.

What the heck is this?  Mind you, Kato, I cannot read Japanese.

Well…, the above list shows where those readers came from.

What is the top orange bar?

Forty three hundred and sixty readers came from their bookmarks for these 30 days.

So, they bookmarked your blog, didn’t they?

Yes, they did.  That’s why I’m saying they are regulars.

The most of your readers came from the bookmarks, not from the search engines. Is that it?

You’re absolutely right there, Diane. The following list shows those readers who came from the search engines.

The list shows that only 120 readers came from the search engines.

What is the bottom green bar for?

That is for other keywords, that is, the total access of other keywords is 68.  The total access of all the rest is 52.  So, the grand total is 120.

I see.  And What about other blogs?

I’ll show the popular pages on my “Denman Blog,” which you are quite familiar with.

“Denman Blog”

Wow!  What a long list!  I cannot find “Taliesin Studio” in the above list.

I cannot find it, either.  You believe it or not, it was read only twice.  So, it’s out of list.  Amazing, isn’t it?

What’s the top article?

“7 Ways to Tell a Good Gal in Bed”

So, it is of a salacious nature, isn’t it?  Forty-two people read the article everyday for 30 days, didn’t they?  What lewd people they are!

Diane, I tought you were open-minded.

I’m doing my best not to be narrow-minded, but there are so many articles about lady’s panties in the above list.  I can see too much filth up there!

Diane, you said, you couldn’t read Japanese.  How could you possibly read the list?

Never mind!  Tell me, Kato, how come dirty people read obscene articles on “Denman Blog”?

A good question, Diane.  It’s because “Denman Blog” doesn’t have many regulars.  Look at the following list.

This list is only for November 30, 2011.  On this day, 113 pages were read on “Denman Blog”, and, as you see, 103 people came from the above red-rectangled search engines.  As you have probably noticed, “7 Ways to tell a Good Gal in Bed” was read 35 times.

By the way, “Diane is Paris” was red only once.

“Diane in Paris”

Tell me, Kato.  How come so few people read artcles in English on “Denman Blog”?

A good question, Diane.  Before I answer your question, please look at the following screen.

What on earth is a gruppo?

It’s a tiny social community for the Ameba members.  As long as you’re a member on Ameba, you can create as many gruppos as possible.  There might be a certain limit.  I’m not too sure about it.  In any case, as of December 2, there are 287,737 gruppos.  As a matter of fact, I’ve created three gruppos, one of which is shown below.

At present, there are nine members, including myself.

What are you doing?

Well…, exchanging opinions on its bulletin boards as shown below:

My handle name on Ameba is “barclay.”

So, the members are sort-of chit-chatting on the bulletin board, aren’t they?

Yes, they are.  Besides, each bulletin board has a Twitter button as you see on the above bulletin board.

In addition to the Twitter button, there is also an in-house Twitter function called “Now” for the Ameba members.  I red-circled its button in the above board.

So, I can tweet to the Ameba members.  The membership is more than 3 millions.  As you see, I can tell the Ameba members about my interesting story such as the murder at Taliesin.  At wordpress.com, there are no such close-knitted social communities.

Is that the main reason why readers came from the serach engines to your “Denman Blog”?

Yes, that’s right.  There are just a few regulars at my “Denman Blog.”  Since you mentioned Banzai Cliff, I’m talking about a peculiar Japanese mentality.

What is it?

The Japanese tend to follow other Japanese.  For example, if A-chan turns right, B-chan tends to turn right. So does C-chan.  If Mee-chan notices it, she might turn right as well.  So might Haa-chan. Therefore, I call this Japanese mentality “Mee-Haa Syndrome,” in which a Japanese woman committed suicide on Saipan just because a woman in the neighborhood did the same.

It is a kinf of chain reaction, isn’t it?

You’re telling me, Diane.

So, when a reader in the close-knitted social community on Ameba talks about the Taliesin scandals on bulletin board or tweets it, another reader will follow.  And a chain reaction starts.  Is that the reason “Taliesin Studio” is well read on your Ameba blog?

I believe so.

【Himiko’s Monologue】

Wow! … What an interesting explanation!
Can you belive it?

As you see, Kato has created a gruppo for me.
It is called “In support of Himiko-san.”
I wish somebody would write me a line or two.

Come to think of it, I’ve never met a decent man in my life.
How come I’m always a loner?
I wish I could meet a nice gentleman at the library in my town as Diane met Kato.
Well, they say, there is a way where there is a will.

Have a nice day!
Bye bye …

If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


“Queen Nefertiti”

“Catherine de Medici”

“Catherine the Great”

“Mata Hari”

“Sidonie Colette”

“Marilyn Monroe”

“Hello Diane!”

“I wish you were there!”

“Jane Eyre”

“Jane Eyre Again”

“Jane Eyre in Vancouver”

“Jane Eyre Special”

“Love & Death of Cleopatra”

“Nice Story”


“Spiritual Work or What?”

“What a coincidence!”

“Wind and Water”

“Yoga and Happiness”

“You’re in a good shape”




“Net Travel & Jane”

“Net Love”

“Complicated Love”

“Electra Complex”

“Net Début”

“Inner World”

“Madame Riviera and Burger”

“Roly-poly in the North”

“Amazing Grace”

“Diane in Paris”

“Diane in Montmartre”

“Diane Well Read”

“Wantirna South”

“Maiden’s Prayer”


“Squaw House and Melbourne Hotel”

“Tulips and Diane”

“Diane in Bustle Skirt”

“Diane and Beauty”

“Lady Chatterley and Beauty”

“Victoria Prudery”

“Diane Chatterley”

“From Canada to Japan”

“From Gyoda to Vancouver”

“Film Festival”

“Madame Taliesin”

“Happy Days”

“Vancouver Again”


“Midnight in Vancouver”

“Madame Lindbergh”

“Dead Poets Society”

“Letters to Diane”

“Taliesin Studio”

“Wright and Japan”

Hi, I’m June Adames.

In 1940, Frank Lloyd Wright and his third wife, Olgivanna (December 27, 1898 – March 1, 1985), formed the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which still exists.

Even before this organization, Taliesin Fellowship went along very well. You can see various activities in the following video clip:

Taliesin Fellowship in 1933

Birthday Celebration at Taliesin

Upon Wright’s death in 1959, ownership of the Taliesin estate in Spring Green, as well as Taliesin West, passed into the hands of the foundation.

The foundation also owns Frank Lloyd Wright’s archives and runs a school, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Nowadays, computers have come to Taliesin, and you can see some activities in the following clip:

Charles Montooth

on the advent of computers

at Taliesin







『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』




『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

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