Resources for the Japanese Re-enactor

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Tousando Forum is no longer as active as it used to be, but it's searchable and worth a look around for discussions on all sorts of topics.

Facebook SCA Japanese Group - be sure to check out the Files section for a variety of material! 


Sengoku Daimyo - clothing, armor, names, etiquette and other useful information.

Clan Yama Kaminari.

Mokurai’s Temple – information on portraying a Buddhist monk, old site mirrored from Geocities in 2009.

Black Hydra Armories.

Roku Tonbo Yoroi.

SCA Member pages on Japanese arts and activities: 

Master Godai Katsunaga. Archery, armored combat, poetry, other arts.

Master Ishiyama Gen'tarou Yori'ie. Clothing, carpentry, kumihimo, painting and drawing.

Lady Oribe Tsukime: Clothing patterns, construction and decoration, dyeing, hat weaving.


Godai Katsunaga.


A History of Japanese Clothing and Accessories.

Takata Institute of Japanese Imperial Classical Costume.

A 14th-15th century hiogi (cypress slat fan) from the Miho Museum.

Japanese accessories and costume at the Sugino Costume Museum. and website on Heian costume (in Japanese).

Kyoto Costume Museum. (English) and (Japanese)

Men's kimono/hakama dressing demonstration (modern).

Textile Colours & Patterns.

Video clip of dressing in karaginu mo.

Traditional Japanese Footwear from Nipponia.


Dharma Trading Company (Undyed silk yardage, fabric paints and dyes). (Linen, an alternative to more expensive hemp). (Silk and other fabrics).

Rupert Gibbon & Spider/Silk Connection (Silk fabrics and dyes).

Thai Silks.


Dyeing and weaving website divided by district, descriptions of local specialties in traditional weaving and dyeing.

Shibori Dyeing  Video of shibori tie-dyeing techniques. In Japanese.

Kute-Uchi Revival - kute-uchi and kumihimo blog.


An Online Japanese Miscellany: Names.

Japanese names from The Academy of St. Gabriel.

An Online Japanese Miscellany: Heraldry.

In Japanese, mon designs organized by style (plants, animals, etc.).

SCA Heraldry Home Page.


An Online Japanese Miscellany: Akunoya (tents).

An Online Japanese Miscellany: Banners and Flags.

An Online Japanese Miscellany: Jinmaku (camp curtains).

A portable house.

Traditional lanterns and lamps.


Aha Poetry! A site devoted to haiku, tanka, renga and other poetic forms.

Internet East Asian Sourcebook, Fordham, University.

Japanese Historical Text Initiative, UC Berkeley.

Waka Poetry.

An Online Japanese Miscellany: Poetry.

The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words.

The Tale Of Genji Tour - Photo tour of sites associated with Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji.

World Kigo Database - Another online collection of seasonal words.

Godai Katsunaga.


Asian Art Museum (San Francisco).

E-Museum. Japanese national treasures.

Kyoto National Museum.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York).

Miho Museum.

Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena, CA).

Smithsonian Freer/Sackler collections (Washington, DC).

The Stibbert Collection.

Tokugawa Art Museum.

Tokyo National Museum.

Kanagawa University has compiled an English translation of a Pictorial Dictionary of Japanese Folk Culture edited by Shibusawa Keizo. Volumes 1 and 3 of the Pictopedia of Everyday Life in Medieval Japan are available as free PDF downloads.

Volume 2 was issued in print instead of a PDF E-book.

Volume 1.

Volume 1 glossary and index.

Links to Volume 3 can be found at


"An Anthropological Perspective on the Japanese Tea Ceremony."

"Chanoyu, Tea Cult of Japan" by Yasuoke Fukuit, 1937.

"Omotesenke Fushin'an," website of the Omotesenke school in Japan (English language version).

The Urasenke Foundation (San Francisco, CA).

Urasenke Chanoyu Center of New York.

Urasenke Konnichian Web Site Website of the Urasenke school in Japan (English language version).

Urasenke Seattle.

Urasenke, Los Angeles.

Urasenke Washington DC.

No HOBBY LOBBY products were used in these projects.