Resources for the Japanese Re-enactor

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Networking:

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.  http://tousando.proboards.com/

Facebook SCA Japanese Group - be sure to check out the Files section for a variety of material! 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SCA.Japanese/ 


THE "BIGGIES":

Sengoku Daimyo - clothing, armor, names, etiquette and other useful information. http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/

Clan Yama Kaminari. http://yamakaminari.com/

Mokurai’s Temple – information on portraying a Buddhist monk, old site mirrored from Geocities in 2009. http://www.geocities.com/mokuraibozu/

Black Hydra Armories. https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Company/Black-Hydra-Armouries-166837796764216/

Roku Tonbo Yoroi. https://www.facebook.com/RokuTonboYoroi/

SCA Member pages on Japanese arts and activities: 

Master Godai Katsunaga. Archery, armored combat, poetry, other arts. http://www.godaikatsunaga.com/

Master Ishiyama Gen'tarou Yori'ie. Clothing, carpentry, kumihimo, painting and drawing.  http://www.ee0r.com/sca/ishiyama.html

Lady Oribe Tsukime: Clothing patterns, construction and decoration, dyeing, hat weaving.  https://sites.google.com/site/oribetsukime/classes

ARCHERY: 

Godai Katsunaga. http://www.godaikatsunaga.com/

CLOTHING, ACCESSORIES, FOOTWEAR:

A History of Japanese Clothing and Accessories. http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/garb/index.html

Takata Institute of Japanese Imperial Classical Costume. http://www.takata-courtrobe.co.jp/en1.htm

A 14th-15th century hiogi (cypress slat fan) from the Miho Museum.  http://www.miho.or.jp/booth/html/artcon/00001861e.htm

Japanese accessories and costume at the Sugino Costume Museum. http://www.costumemuseum.jp/french/collection/j_komono/index.html and http://www.costumemuseum.jp/french/collection/j_isho/ie.html

Karaginu.jp website on Heian costume (in Japanese).  http://www.kariginu.jp/

Kyoto Costume Museum.  http://www.iz2.or.jp/english/ (English) and http://www.iz2.or.jp/ (Japanese)

Men's kimono/hakama dressing demonstration (modern). http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic7O0FxVZV8

Textile Colours & Patterns. http://www.demoivre.org/Japan/textiles/

Video clip of dressing in karaginu mo.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywV1Mn4RdzQ

Traditional Japanese Footwear from Nipponia.  http://web-japan.org/nipponia/nipponia21/en/topic/index.html


ONLINE FABRIC RESOURCES:

Dharma Trading Company (Undyed silk yardage, fabric paints and dyes). http://www.dharmatrading.com

Fabrics-store.com (Linen, an alternative to more expensive hemp). http://www.fabrics-store.com

Fabric.com (Silk and other fabrics). http://www.fabric.com

Rupert Gibbon & Spider/Silk Connection (Silk fabrics and dyes). http://www.silkconnection.com

Thai Silks. http://www.thaisilks.com


TEXTILES:

Dyeing and weaving website divided by district, descriptions of local specialties in traditional weaving and dyeing.  http://www.kimono.or.jp/dic/eng/

Shibori Dyeing  Video of shibori tie-dyeing techniques. In Japanese. http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=wSj2l8wacR8

Kute-Uchi Revival - kute-uchi and kumihimo blog. https://greeknakos.wixsite.com/kuteuchirevival


NAMES, HERALDRY/MON/KAMON:

An Online Japanese Miscellany: Names. http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/miscellany/names.html

Japanese names from The Academy of St. Gabriel. http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/solveig/nanori/biblio.html

An Online Japanese Miscellany: Heraldry. http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/miscellany/heraldry.html

In Japanese, mon designs organized by style (plants, animals, etc.). http://www.otomiya.com/kamon/

SCA Heraldry Home Page. http://heraldry.sca.org/welcome.html


FURNISHINGS FOR CAMP OR HOME:

An Online Japanese Miscellany: Akunoya (tents). http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/miscellany/tents.html

An Online Japanese Miscellany: Banners and Flags. http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/miscellany/flags.html

An Online Japanese Miscellany: Jinmaku (camp curtains). http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/miscellany/curtains.html

A portable house. http://www.redgeta.com/Yashiki/index.html

Traditional lanterns and lamps. https://www.lasieexotique.com/page/LasieExotique-mag_lanterns.html


LITERATURE AND POETRY:

Aha Poetry! A site devoted to haiku, tanka, renga and other poetic forms. http://www.ahapoetry.com/

Internet East Asian Sourcebook, Fordham, University. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/eastasia/eastasiasbook.html

Japanese Historical Text Initiative, UC Berkeley. https://jhti.berkeley.edu/

Waka Poetry. http://www.wakapoetry.net/#komoriku%20no

An Online Japanese Miscellany: Poetry. http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/miscellany/poetry.html

The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words. http://www.2hweb.net/haikai/renku/500ESWd.html

The Tale Of Genji Tour - Photo tour of sites associated with Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji.  http://www.taleofgenji.org/

World Kigo Database - Another online collection of seasonal words. http://worldkigodatabase.blogspot.com/

Godai Katsunaga. http://www.godaikatsunaga.com/

MUSEUMS:

Asian Art Museum (San Francisco). http://asianart.org

E-Museum. Japanese national treasures. http://www.emuseum.jp/

Kyoto National Museum. https://www.kyohaku.go.jp/eng/index.html

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. https://www.lacma.org/

Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York). http://www.metmuseum.org/

Miho Museum. http://www.miho.or.jp/en/

Minneapolis Institute of Art. https://collections.artsmia.org/

Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena, CA). https://pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu/

Smithsonian Freer/Sackler collections (Washington, DC). http://www.asia.si.edu/

The Stibbert Collection. http://museostibbert.it/en/page/collections

Tokugawa Art Museum. http://www.tokugawa-art-museum.jp/english/index.html

Tokyo National Museum. https://www.tnm.jp/?lang=en

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. http://www.himoji.jp/jp/popup/publication/seika_010101.html

Volume 1 glossary and index. http://www.himoji.jp/jp/popup/publication/seika_010102.html

Links to Volume 3 can be found at http://himoji.kanagawa-u.ac.jp/en/publication/research_result_report.html#pbox1_2_1

TEA CEREMONY:

"An Anthropological Perspective on the Japanese Tea Ceremony." http://www.anthropoetics.ucla.edu/ap0501/tea.htm

"Chanoyu, Tea Cult of Japan" by Yasuoke Fukuit, 1937. http://www.terebess.hu/english/fukukita.html

"Omotesenke Fushin'an," website of the Omotesenke school in Japan (English language version). http://www.omotesenke.jp/english/tobira.html

The Urasenke Foundation (San Francisco, CA). http://www.urasenke.org/

Urasenke Chanoyu Center of New York. http://www.urasenkeny.org/

Urasenke Konnichian Web Site Website of the Urasenke school in Japan (English language version). http://www.urasenke.or.jp/texte/index.html

Urasenke Seattle. http://www.urasenkeseattle.org/

Urasenke, Los Angeles. http://www.urasenkela.org/

Urasenke Washington DC. http://www.tankokaidc.org/