Oct. 2nd, 2007 01:24 pm
telophase: (Near - que?)
So, I got the brilliant idea, to see if I could find out anything more about the mysterious shrine Rachel and I found, to contact the author of the book The Fox and the Jewel, because she would probably be the person to have some sort of idea, and I figured an email from someone interested in the subject wouldn't be seen as weird. :)

I figure she's probably a professor somewhere and start looking. I'm right. Except that she vanishes off the face of the planet about 2001/2002. Up until then she was a professor at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and had published a handful of articles. After that ... nothing. The Library of Congress authority records have her birth date but not a death date. They're usually fairly good at getting them, but in this case ... maybe not. I can't find any trace of her after that time, so no clue what's happened to her.

Searching was annoying, just because she shares a name with a fairly prominent triathlete, so I had to sift those hits out. XD Anyway, it looks like I may be fated never to know anything more about the shrine, unless I manage to find some other professor specializing in Japanese religion whose language I speak. :)

Anyone interested in picking up the gauntlet: name Karen (Ann) Smyers, born 1954. (Not the athlete, who was born in 1961.)

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