Saionji's Garden

This is the home page of Lisa Joseph,
known in the Society for Creative Anachronism as Saionji no Hana.

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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. 
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.


An Informal Court Costume of Medieval Japan
Karaginu Mo: Formal Court Costume of Medieval Japan
Kosode Made Simple
Tosenin's Kosode: A Brown Study
Nara period ensemble
Samurai For The SCA Guy
Doing SCA Rapier in Japanese Style
Faking It: Achieving the look of Japanese textiles with fabric paint
Hiogi: a ceremonial fan
Kake-mamori: a traveler's amulet case
Kate-bukuro: a ration bag
A glossary of textile embellishment techniques
Clothing glossary - women
Clothing glossary - men
Wimples and Zukin by guest author Ki no Kotori


The House of Cheerful Monkeys: making your camp more Japanese
Hyotan: A gourd canteen
Kaga Chochin: a plausibly period Japanese lantern
Sugoroku Ban: an easy six-board chest for the carpentry-impaired
Honor, Harmony, Knowledge: a hanging scroll in Yamato-e style


Heian Poetry Jam: The Poetic and Social History of Waka
Original Poetry 
Emaki: Illuminated Manuscripts of Medieval Japan
Japanese Art Resources for the SCA Scribe
Kasutera, the period way.

Editorial Musings On A Variety Of Subjects 
The Japanese Thing
Things They Never Told Me
Taiko: Speculation About Period Performance and Practice drums made from hardware store supplies
Who Were The Saionji

So You Want To Be Japanese In The SCA
Resources for the Japanese Re-enactor
A Peek at Saionji's Library


An Inquisitive Monkey At West Kingdom Court
An Argument for Authenticity
How To Throw Rocks Really Far
Making a Sideless Surcote
A Child's Civil War Uniform Jacket
Thoughts on Persona

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Email me!

This website was formerly known as Wodeford Hall. 

Copyright 2019 Lisa A. Joseph

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