A Few Online Resources for the Japanese Re-Enactor:

Networking with fellow SCA Nihonjin:
Tousando Forum:
 
http://rhinohide.cx/tousando/  for discussions of Japanese subjects within the SCA. 

SCA-Japanese mailing list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sca-jml/ 
Sadly, YahooGroups has not kept up with the times. That said, it may be worth your while to join to checkout the “Links” and “Files” sections from their home page.

SCA Japanese Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SCA.Japanese/


 

THE "BIGGIES":

Kyoto’s Costume Museum, http://www.iz2.or.jp/english/ (English version) or http://www.iz2.or.jp/index.htm (Japanese) has good photos of life size mannequins in clothing from different historical periods and a textile gallery. 

Sengoku Daimyo, 
http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/ includes sections on (men’s) clothing, armor, names and other useful information. Known in the SCA as Edward of Effingham and Hiraizumi Tôrokurô Tadanobu, the late Anthony J. Bryant, published several titles on Japanese military history for the Osprey series. Ii Saburou Katsumori of Atlantia and his team are working to keep the website current, so check back periodically for updates, especially Ii-dono’s work on the Ryori Monogatari, an early 17th c. cookbook!

Clan Yama Kaminari, http://yamakaminari.com/ includes a good number of how-to articles from this East-and-Aethelmearc based household.

Anneliese’s Fibers and Stuff, 
http://www.geocities.com/anne_liese_w/Japanese/japindex.htm 
includes information on some clothing construction and a menu for a Japanese feast 

Mokurai’s Temple, http://www.geocities.com/mokuraibozu/. Matsuyama Mokurai's website is of interest if you want to portray a Buddhist monk.

Black Hydra Armories: http://www.blackhydraarmouries.com/ Kurodachi no Mykaru does beautiful SCA-legal Japanese armor, including the elusive kabuto. He even has list-legal jingasa for the low ranked fighter, starting at only $130.

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

Wodeford Hall. The name dates from my days as an Anglo Norman music nerd, but contains my how-tos and articles on clothing and other aspects of Japanese re-creation. http://www.wodefordhall.com 
For ladies interested in portraying Buddhist nuns, Ki no Kotori has allowed me to host her article on Zukin (veils) at http://www.wodefordhall.com/zukin.htm

 

CLOTHING, ACCESSORIES, FOOTWEAR:

"A History of Japanese Clothing and Accessories", Master Edward of Effingham's Sengokudaimyo articles on clothinghttp://www.sengokudaimyo.com/garb/index.html

"AnneLiese's Fibers and Stuff "Includes articles on basic garb construction and some clothing references,http://www.geocities.com/anne_liese_w/Japanese/japindex.htm

JAPANESE CLASSICAL COSTUME AT THE IMPERIAL HOUSEHOLD , The 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 at the Sugino Costume Museum
http://www.costumemuseum.jp/french/collection/j_komono/index.html

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

Karaginu.jp website on Heian costume (For non-Japanese readers, paste the URL into Google Translate at http://www.google.com/language_tools?hl=en  )
http://www.kariginu.jp/

Kasane no Irome. Immortal Geisha's site on Heian color combinations.
http://www.immortalgeisha.com/wiki/index.php?title=Kasane_no_Irome

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

Men's kimono/hakama dressing demonstration , Modern kitsuke 
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic7O0FxVZV8

Sir Koredono's simple instructions for making kosode and hakama
http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/~griffin/sca/djl/patterns.html

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

Tokyo DV Presents "Twelve Layer Kimono Dressing"  Video clip of dressing in karaginu mo http://www.tokyodv.com/culture/HinaKimono.html

Traditional Japanese Footwear from Nipponia Three pages of geta, zori, gutsu, waraji, tabi and other footwear
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

ITA Textiles Excellent source for linen (an alternative to more expensive hemp). Be sure to check the "Oops" and "Doggie Bag" sections for bargains. http://www.fabrics-store.com

Phoenix Textiles/Fabric.com Silk and other fabrics, this vendor offers lots of promotions and discounts. http://www.fabric.com

Pick Hemp A source for hemp fabrics. I have not tried them myself, but they were recommended. http://www.pickhemp.com/

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

Thai Silks Silk fabrics 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 Part 1 - Introduction Video demonstration of shibori tie-dyeing techniques. In Japanese. http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=wSj2l8wacR8
Shibori Dyeing Part 2 Video demonstration of shibori tie-dyeing techniques. In Japanese. http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=G2DQcthvg4g&feature=related
Shibori Dyeing Part 3 - Dyestuffs Video demonstration of shibori tie-dyeing techniques. In Japanese. http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=lUELnOQLFcc&feature=related 
Shibori Dyeing Part 4 - Tsujigahana Video demonstration of capped-resist shibori technique popular in Muromachi and Momoyama periods. In Japanese.http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=xC_KaQRuxTw&feature=related

NAMES, HERALDRY/MON/KAMON:

An Online Japanese Miscellany Master Edward of Effingham's website: Scroll through the menu at the lefthttp://www.sengokudaimyo.com/miscellany/names.html

Heraldry From the Online Japanese Miscellany at Sengokudaimyo.com http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/miscellany/heraldry.html

Otomiya Digital Emblem Library 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:

Akunoya (tents) From the Online Japanese Miscellany at Sengokudaimyo.com http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/miscellany/tents.html

Banners and flags From the Online Japanese Miscellany at Sengokudaimyo.com http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/miscellany/flags.html

Buke Yashiki - Saiako's war house Minamoto no Taikawa Saiaiko's portable house http://www.redgeta.com/Yashiki/index.html

Jinmaku (Camp Curtains) From the Online Japanese Miscellany at Sengokudaimyo.com http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/miscellany/curtains.html

The Japanese Art of Illumination Traditional lanterns and lamps http://www.lasieexotique.com/mag_illuminations/mag_illuminations.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 http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/eastasia/eastasiasbook.html

Japanese Historical Text Initiative, UC Berkeley You will have to email the university for login privileges http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/JHTI/search%20gateway.html

Makura Kotoba (Pillow words) Words and phrases used to make an allusion or create a mood. http://www.temcauley.staff.shef.ac.uk/makurakotoba.shtml#komoriku%20no

Poetry From the Online Japanese Miscellany at Sengokudaimyo.com http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/miscellany/poetry.html

 Some brief comments about the traditional performance of The Tale of Heike (Heike monogatari) http://www.sonic.net/~tabine/Heike/Heike_performing.html

The Five Hundred Essential Japanese Season Words Thematic motifs sorted by season and type http://renku.home.att.net/500ESWd.html

The Tale Of Genji Tour A 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/

MUSEUMS:

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Asia Society Collection (New York) Japanese art in the Asia Society Collection 
http://www.asiasociety.org/arts/japan/introduction.html

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
http://asianart.org

DNP Museum Information JAPAN List of Japanese museums by area. States when a site is in Japanese only, but some of the other pages contain much more Japanese text than English. http://www.dnp.co.jp/museum/icc-e.html

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

Kyoto National Museum 
http://www.kyohaku.go.jp/eng/index_top.html

Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Japanese collection http://www.lacma.org/japaneseart/japan.htm

Metropolitan Museum of Art 
http://www.metmuseum.org/home.asp

Miho Museum 
http://www.miho.or.jp/english/index.htm

Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena, CA) 
http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/

Smithsonian Freer/Sackler collections 
http://www.asia.si.edu/

The Clark Center For Japanese Art and Culture http://www.shermanleeinstitute.org/index.html

The Stibbert Collection 
http://www.picure.l.u-tokyo.ac.jp/arc/stibbert/

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

Tokyo National Museum 
http://www.tnm.go.jp/en/index.html

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. Surveying surviving picture-scrolls from the period, the project has compiled and indexed everyday items, clothing, even the way people might sit or carry things.
 
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

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

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," article by Herbert Plutschow, Anthropoetics 5, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 1999)  http://www.anthropoetics.ucla.edu/ap0501/tea.htm

"Chanoyu, Tea Cult of Japan" by Yasuoke Fukuit, originally published as part of a series of tourist books - Third Edition, 1937 Board of Tourist Industry Japanese Government Railways
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 Tea Ceremony in Japan." Originally published in 1892 in the San Francisco Call. http://coffee.quickfound.net/japanese_tea_ceremony_1892.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 Washington, DC http://www.urasenkedc.org/  
Urasenke, Los Angeles http://www.urasenkela.org/

 

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