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Nicholas II / Nicholas and Japanese Diplomats
« on: January 30, 2010, 02:43:02 AM »
I started this new topic, because Japan is not only the Otsu.
I would be very grateful, if somebody would help me to find any sources about the Japanese dimplomats in St. Petersburg 1890-1904 years.
Especially , I am interested in Nisshi,Hayashi,Komura, Kurino.
Thank you very much in advance.

Japanese Television "NHK" at December 2009 started television drama "Saka no ue no kumo" (Cloud on the hill) based on the same-named bestseller of Shiba Ryotaro.
This television drama consists of 13 parts per 90 minutes each.
This is about Meiji era of Japan , especially about Russo-Japanese war and abot  the life of 4 friends, who left their names in the history.
One of them - Akiyama Saneyuki, famous admiral.
Last december first 5 parts was shown. Next 5 will come this December 2010.NHK  shooted this drama at 8 countries: Japan,Russia,Malta,China,France,England, Latviya.
In Russia , we shooted in Moscow and St. Petersburg - at Alexandrovsky, Ekaterininsky, Pavlovsk, Yusupovsky, Grand Duke Vladimir, Ksheshinskaya, Polovtsev palaces.
Also at Feodorovsky gorodok, Zimnyaa kanavka, Dvortsovaya square, Nekrasov apartment, Yusupovsky garden  etc.
Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna also figured in the film.
Historically, it is very good made television drama .

Did you see the drama "Leningrad" made recently by russian 1st channel and Hollywood about Second War?
I liked it very much.
Mira Sorvino plays the one of the main female roles.
It is very touching film.
I highly recommend to see it, or rent it, if it is possible.

Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Danini - last architector of Nicholas
« on: April 12, 2007, 12:20:03 AM »
I have found out that Italian Danini was the architect of NIcholas II. He built the imperial garage.
But I do know nothing about him.
Does somebody knows about him?

The Imperial Family / The Imperial Family and Italy
« on: April 03, 2007, 01:03:34 AM »
I would like to start a new thread about the travel, life, home of Romanovs in Italy.
I would like to start from a question about  Villa Sciarra in Rome where KR lived in 1881 and where he met often with Tchaikowsky.
Is this Villa still exist?

Other Palaces / Russians in Venezia
« on: March 28, 2007, 03:16:57 AM »
I have heard that Great Ballerina Talioni  have received two palazzo in Venezia from Russian Aristocrats.
Bud I have no idea which ones.
I also think that russians loved Venezia, so , maybe there are some traces of their presence in this wonderful city.
Maybe, we could discuss about it too?

Last year the Yusupov Palace issued two wonderful books (in Russian):
1. Kukuruzova (director of museum). "Richer than Romanovs?"
2. About the ordinary life of the palace (kitchen, toilettes etc.)

All mentioned book are available only in the palace's shop, I suppose.

Imperial Transportation / Frigate "Pamyaty Azova"
« on: February 23, 2007, 02:17:22 AM »
I have an question: where in Europe (or everywhere else) there is an freegate (like museum etc.) which looks like
frigate "Pamyaty Azova" on which Nicholas visited Japan in 1891 year.
This type of the freegate, was built on 1890 year and had  mastes and pipes - both.

Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Club of the Catherine Palace Friends
« on: February 21, 2007, 12:26:07 PM »
I think that you know that the "Club of the Catherine Palace Friends" (like Hermitage's one) was founded and everyone could be a member?

Forum Announcements / Torino Olimpic
« on: February 05, 2006, 11:16:34 AM »
I know that everybody will support the sportsmen of Your country, but I would like to ask kindly support (moral support, of course, if you have no special sportsmen to support)
my best friends - russian olimpic figure scating team -
Irina Slutskaya, Maxim Marinin and Tatiana Totymyanina,
Tanya Navka and Roma Kostomarov and Evgeny Plyuschenko.
Olimpic games are most complicated championship and moral support of every person will be priceless.
Thank you very much in advance

Now , I am watching a very interesting programme called
"Researcher. The Possible way of Escape of the Tsar"
by professor Poltorak.
Now I am enjoying the documentary films of those times.
Will see till end.

Servants, Friends and Retainers / Obolensky Nikolay Dmitrievitch
« on: January 05, 2006, 04:01:24 PM »
 I think that it is a pitty , that we did not discuss yet the person of Obolensky Nicholay Dmitrievich , Prince.
He was an intimate friend of Nicholas , and he
was  a person-in - charge for resolving of personal problems of Nicholas during several years immediately after coronation.
He also was only one who paid attention to the Alix when she was refused as a bride.
He was a single man ( Maybe he did not marry because he loved Alix?)
He died in 1912.

I have just found in our bookstore on Tverskaya a new book about Rasputin written by a  doctore of medicine about rasputing from the point of view of medicine.'
I did not read it yeat , but a lot of modern photos of his
fallos ( which is in  a vessel filled with phormalin, and which is in the Museum of the Prostata's Institute of Petersburg. Everybody could enter and see for free) are quite unusual thing.
The book is in Russian.

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Grandma 's ABC
« on: October 20, 2005, 12:16:30 AM »
I have bought ystdy very good book - "Grandma's ABC"
(Babushkina Azbuka), written by the Catherine the Great for her grandson Alexandr.
It is very educational and wise book , very well printed.

I have read that a young ( or not young) men could visit a girl's place only 7 -10 times, after what they had to make their choice - to marry or not to marry.
I wonder, did it work only for merchants and poor nobility or also for a high class nobility too.
And if somebody could add some information about engament procedure those times . could you do it please?
I think, it could be an  intresting discussion.

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