Re: [SCA-JML] Re: Back to the original Umeboshi recipe
- Noble Cousin!
Greetings from Solveig!
> Not *so* bad, since I found a reference to "araki" in 30 seconds andBut, where is your treasured reference to "araki"? The web page you
> you couldn't find one at all. I note I wasn't the only one who had no
cited only cites mention of something called "araki" in the writings of
Francis Xavier a 16th century Jesuit missionary. I have never contested
that "araki" was unknown in Iberia during the 16th century.
Where I am having problems finding araki in Japan prior to 1600 is in
genuine scholarly sources about Japan.
Please understand that there are several online alternatives to
in various fields being created by scholars who are very unhappy with
articles being put up there. While a study did find Wikipedia articles
somewhat comparable to the Encyclopedia Britannica, this is not at all
surprising as it is extremely easy for people who know nothing at all
a subject to plagiarize Britannica.
Mundanely, I am a college professor. Students are always trying to
stop with Wikipedia and a google search instead of starting there.
The result is often a very poor and even flat out inaccurate paper.
While lack of evidence does not guarantee non-existence, it does mean
that you should not be making strong claims.
Incidentally, Kodansha Kogojiten (1969)(p. 926) says that "rambiki" is
derived from a Portugese word and actually refers to a distillation
called an alambic. Thus, your Wikipedia article disagrees with published
The problem is that Wikipedia articles can be written by anyone at
They can be very accurate or contain hog swill. You have very little
knowing which without looking further.
Also, you need to understand that the editorial guidelines for
such that the articles will be poor for subject areas where the best
are in languages other than English. This is because the Wikipedia
guidelines strongly prefer English language sources to sources in other
languages. For example, the non-existence of "tessenjutsu" in Japanese
sources counts for nothing compared to a fanciful description in
of the Samurai" a book which is in places on a par with popular books
Sasquatch, Leprechauns, and secret Space Aliens at Roswell, New Mexico.
In short, Wikipedia editorial policy gives more credence to articles
store tabloids written in English than to Ph.D. dissertations written
Your Humble Servant
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