This is the home page of Lisa Joseph, known in
the Society for Creative Anachronism as Saionji no Hana.
Saionji no Hana holds junior fourth rank in the court of the Son of Heaven, Hisahito-tenno, eighty-ninth Emperor of Japan, at whose behest she represents the people of his Empire and observes the ways of the people of the West Kingdom and other parts of the so called Known World. She is an accomplished poet and seamstress and dreams of returning to the gardens and palaces of The Storied Capital. Who were the Saionji?
Saionji Shonagon currently resides in the quaintly redundant Province of the Mists in the Principality of the Mists less than a day's pilgrimage on foot from the birthplace of SCA civilization. She has been a cosmopolitan citizen of the Known World since 1995, with ties to the East Kingdom and friends pretty much everywhere else, thanks to the non-medieval miracle that is the Internet. She was elevated to the Order of the Laurel in 2012 for her research into the arts and history of medieval Japan.
Clothing and accessories:
A Brown Study: Tosenin's Kosode
An Informal Court Costume of Medieval Japan
Doing Rapier In Japanese Style
Faking It: getting the look of Japanese textiles with stenciling or block printing
Hiogi: A Ceremonial Fan.
Kake-mamori - a traveler's amulet case
Karaginu Mo: Formal Court Costume of Medieval Japan
Kosode Made Simple
Samurai For The SCA Guy: A photo gallery
Sensu: Making A Folding Fan
Wimples and Zukin by guest author Ki no Kotori.
Accoutrements for home and camp:
Honor, Harmony, Knowledge: a hanging scroll in Yamato-e style
The House of the Cheerful Monkeys - turning a wedge tent into a rustic Japanese pavilion
Kaga Chochin: creating a plausibly period Japanese lantern
Sugoroku table: an easy six-board chest for the carpentry impaired.
Poetry and other writings:
Heian Poetry Jam: The Poetic and Social History of Waka
Emaki: the illuminated manuscripts of medieval Japan
Japanese Art Resources for the SCA Scribe
Original Poetry By Lady Makiwara
Tanka Challenge 2008 and 2009 and Tanka Challenge 2010
The editorial musings on a variety of subjects by She Who Sucks Least
The Japanese Thing: A Reasoned Response
Things They Never Told Me (Humor)
Taiko: speculation about early performance practice on Japanese drums and Practice taiko made from hardware store supplies.
for the Japanese Re-enactor
Bibliography from Saionji's Library
(Photos: Top left, the Phoenix Hall, Byodoin, Nara. Top center, me in full sail at West Kingdom Twelfth Night, photo courtesy of Pete Good. Top right, a charm at Yasaka Jinja shrine, Kyoto.
Playing with the pretties at the Costume Museum in Kyoto, photo by Joshua Badgley. Sanjusangendo temple, Kyoto.
Jehanne de Wodeford is a 13th century Anglo Norman woman from a manor in Wiltshire, England. Some of her writings on SCA subjects appear below.
An Argument for Authenticity
The Bard Thing: A rant
Clothing Photo Gallery
How to throw rocks really far: the fustibalus
Making a Sideless Surcote
Interesting and Useful Links
Original Poetry by Jehanne
Original Music by Jehanne
Thoughts On Persona
Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Email me!
Copyright 2015 Lisa A. Joseph.