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Resources for the Japanese Reenactor

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/
Mokuraiís Temple Ė 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. 
https://web.archive.org/web/20190430023037/http://www.godaikatsunaga.com/
Master Ishiyama Gen'tarou Yori'ie. Clothing, carpentry, kumihimo, painting and drawing.  
http://www.ee0r.com/sca/ishiyama.html
Mistress Oribe Tsukime: Clothing patterns, construction and decoration, dyeing, hat weaving.  
https://sites.google.com/view/oribetsukime/classes?authuser=0
Lady Rei Morikawa: Clothing, textiles, woodworking. https://friendlyfirerabbit.com/

ARCHERY: 

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

CLOTHING, ACCESSORIES, FOOTWEAR:

A History of Japanese Clothing and Accessories. http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/
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
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
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/
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. https://sengokudaimyo.com/japanese-names
Japanese names from The Academy of St. Gabriel. 
http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/solveig/nanori/biblio.html
An Online Japanese Miscellany: Heraldry. https://sengokudaimyo.com/heraldry
In Japanese, mon designs. https://kamon-db.net/
SCA Heraldry Home Page. 
http://heraldry.sca.org/welcome.html


FURNISHINGS FOR CAMP OR HOME:

An Online Japanese Miscellany: Akunoya (tents). https://sengokudaimyo.com/tents
An Online Japanese Miscellany: Banners and Flags. 
https://sengokudaimyo.com/banners-flags
An Online Japanese Miscellany: Jinmaku (camp curtains). 
https://sengokudaimyo.com/camp-curtains
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. https://sengokudaimyo.com/poetry
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 AND DATABASES:

In Japan
Japanís Agency For Cultural Affairs: Cultural Heritage Online
https://bunka.nii.ac.jp/heritages/search/result
E-Museum. Japanese national treasures. https://emuseum.nich.go.jp/top?langId=en
Kyoto National Museum. https://www.kyohaku.go.jp/eng/index.html
Nara National Museum. https://www.narahaku.go.jp/english/
Shosoin Repository.
https://shosoin.kunaicho.go.jp/en-US/
Tokugawa Art Museum. http://www.tokugawa-art-museum.jp/english/index.html
Tokyo National Museum. https://www.tnm.jp/?lang=en


In the US
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/
Asian Art Museum (San Francisco). http://asianart.org
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. https://www.lacma.org/
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York). http://www.metmuseum.org/
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/

In Europe
The Stibbert Collection. https://www.museostibbert.it/frontend/index.php

Pictorial Dictionary of Japanese Folk Culture
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 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.
Volume 3. 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." https://anthropoetics.ucla.edu/ap0501/tea/
"Chanoyu, Tea Cult of Japan" by Yasuoke Fukuit, 1937. http://www.terebess.hu/english/fukukita.html
Omotesenke Fushin'an (English language website of the Omotesenke school in Japan). 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.urasenkenewyork.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. https://teaceremonyseattle.org/
Urasenke, Los Angeles. http://www.urasenkela.org/
Urasenke Washington DC. 
http://www.tankokaidc.org/

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