Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-11-21 12:51
Fighting heroically, while looking good and living well, seems to be the theme of an exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156-1868 runs through January 10 , 2009. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-11-03 11:44
Anthony J. Bryant has created a website showcasing his research on Japanese armor entitled An Online Japanese Armor manual. A sometime resident of Japan and a member of the Nihon Katchû Bugu Kenkyû Hozon Kai (Japanese Arms and Armour Research and Preservation Society), Bryant offers a history of Japanese armor and very detailed tutorials on creation and use of the armor.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-10-25 11:49
The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art has acquired a rare 13th-14th century tea jar "widely revered as an icon of Japanese tea culture." The jar, originally made in China, has been used to store tea for over five centuries. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-10-16 08:03
Longtime SCA member Jay Noyes, a 40-year-old self-described "farmer from Missouri," had a dream. He wanted to bring the medieval combat he remembered from his days in the SCA to Japan, where he moved in 1991. To accomplish this, he created Avalon, a medieval history group, and started Castle Tintagel, a school for western martial arts in Tokyo. Edan Corkill of the Japan Times has the story.(photos)
Submitted by Fabric Dragon on Thu, 2009-08-27 14:34
Fabric Dragon sells many items, but of especial interest to most SCAdians are the linen threads in multiple weights and colors, silk threads in multiple weights, colors, and degree of twist, beads (including those small enough to use easily in embroidery) and pearls of various types.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-08-22 17:26
Archaeologists working on the excavation of Sawayama Castle in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, hope that their discoveries will give new understanding to its owner, Ishida Mitsunari, whose defeat marked the end of the feudal Sengoku (Warring States) period.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-08-03 08:16
Researchers in Nara, Japan are excited by the discovery of shards from an Islamic vase dating to the 8th century at the former location of the Heijokyo palace.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-05-25 07:18
Historical Japan isn't just about elegant tea ceremonies or graceful cherry blossoms. Sometimes it's about 15th century sword fighting. Members of Avalon, a sister organization of the SCA, teach the martial art at Mejiro’s Castle Tintagel, a European medieval martial arts training center in Tokyo. Patrick W Galbraith of Japan Today has the story.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-05-12 15:33
YouTube has video clips available of the Spartan vs Ninja episode of Spike TV's Deadliest Warrior program. The Spartan expert on the program is the SCA's own Sir Balin of Tor (Barry Jacobsen).
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-02-19 19:49
Archaeologists in Japan have long known about the existence of the ancient Yamatai kingdom, but they have never been able to find it. Now they are seeking the help of history buffs to solve the mystery.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-02-19 16:18
When the harsh Lady of winter, Yuki-Onna, lays her bleak mantle over the land, join Their Sylvan Majesties, Christopher and Morgen, as they celebrate Mi-no-Hi, the Japanese midwinter Festival of the Snake.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-10-27 10:48
Good friends, on this day in the fall of 1274 on the island of Tsushima (off the coast of Japan), we are about to witness historic events. The Mongols are prepared to invade Japan, and the negotiations and banquet today are an attempt to forestall the invasion. A wealthy Japanese lord has laid on an amazing day of festivities, highlighted by a feast guaranteed to delight all guests!
In honor of the attendees, the feast will feature courses of Mongol and Chinese cuisine, in addition to Japanese. Unfortunately, these important negotiations are destined to be marred by murder(s) most foul! But this is more than a stage play, and you dear friends are more than honored guests. We are counting on you to answer the age old questions “Whodunit?” and “why”? At the end of the afternoon, each guest will be asked to fill out a sheet of paper describing their interpretation of the mystery, and who the culprit(s) is(are). After evaluating the detectives’ work, the murderer(s) will be hauled off in chains to face the Emperor’s Justice, and the detective who solved the crime most correctly will win a prize.
Submitted by palmyratraders on Sun, 2008-08-17 10:30
Palmyra Traders began merchanting in 1993. They specialize in top quality, hard to find merchandise for the medievalist.
Submitted by npaulovic on Fri, 2008-08-08 17:33
Neal Stephenson reconsiders a storyline from his novel "The Confusion" in light of his recent experiences with rapier [and dagger].
Submitted by wodeford on Thu, 2008-07-24 16:43
The discovery of a rare full set of chapters of the 11th century The Tale of Genji, believed to be the world's oldest novel, has been found in a private collection in Tokyo.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-05-16 09:39
A 5th century royal Japanese tomb has been made accessible to scholars for research and study for the first time. Koji Takahashi, a Toyama University archaeologist, was one of the experts allowed into the Gosashi tomb, which "is revered as the resting place of Empress Jingu, the semi-legendary wife of the country's 14th emperor."
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sat, 2008-04-26 08:03
Those interested in medieval Japanese archery will want to take a look at the OhmyNews website which has a feature on Momote Shiki: Japanese Archery Ritual including photos and a film clip.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-03-01 12:16
Researchers working on a site near Phnom Penh in Cambodia believe they have discovered the remains of a Japanese village dating to the 17th century. Artifacts found include ceramics and kilns.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-02-07 20:44
Clancy Returns to Japan Hosted by Starleaf Gate and the Barony of Roaring Wastes At the Hazel Park Recreation Center 620 W Woodward Heights Hazel Park, MI 48030
5th of April, 2008 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Feast will feature authentic Japanese cuisine, including: (No Fish)
Submitted by damien on Fri, 2008-01-04 23:09
Errant Knight offers stunning hand-made authentic artefact replicas including court belts, sword and armour belts and jewelry. All items are thoroughly researched to ensure historical accuracy.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-01-02 09:03
"In the wrong hands, samurai swords are dangerous weapons," Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker said recently on the announcement by the British government that it would ban the sale of the swords.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2007-10-18 21:25
A new study by author Setsuko Matoba proposes the theory that the island of Zipangu made famous in The Travels of Marco Polo may not have been Japan, as believed, but the Philippines.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2007-10-10 13:45
The Asian Studies Center of the University of Pittsburgh will present Japanese Taiko Drumming on Saturday October 13, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. in the Assembly Room, WPU. The concert is free and open to the public.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2007-10-03 10:04
Lord William Featherstone, wandering jester and herald, relates a tale of valor and victory at the tournament to determine the Baron and Baroness of the Palantine Barony of the Far West.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2007-10-02 09:33
The leaves are falling, the air is getting colder; soon the Gates of Winter shall open once again. Come join in a day of revelry and feasting in Winter's Gate as we celebrate the autumn splendor and the coming of winter.
There will be an adultclass on Japanese Temari (Please RSVP by October
8th if you wish to take this class!! Just email the autocrat please). There
will also be two kids' classes, one on Viking braids taught by Lady Gwyneth
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-09-24 13:20
Lady Katherine reports and shares photos from the recent Tournament for the Palatine Baronial Coronet of the Far West which took place September 15, 2007 at Camp Zama, Tokyo, Japan.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-08-20 14:32
The College of Tor Aerie is hosting Otsukimi, a Japanese Moon Viewing Festival, set in the Sengoku Era (1467-1573). Come learn about Medieval Japan, enjoy activities and food.
Questions? Contact event autocrat Elizabeth Upton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2007-08-11 12:02
A retired civil engineer has written a report on a 6th and 7th century irrigation system in the in Osaka Prefecture. Kazuo Takatsu spent 15 years on the report, which chronicles a system to collect rain water.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2007-07-20 10:26
On July 21st-22nd, Mistress Ella Gajewi von Pommern will be teaching a sewing class on Japanese Kimono and Hakama. The costumes are planned for our Fettburg's Midsummer Feast on August 18th, which is going to be a traditional Japanese Feast.
Japanese Kimono & Hakama Sewing Class
July 21 -22, 2007
United Lutheran Church
SATURDAY CLASS 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-07-02 09:35
Sir Guy of Warrior's Gate in Korea reports on a medieval recreation group in Japan called Avalon.