SCA JML FAQ
Last Revision 2005 10 13
1. Why did I receive this file in my mail?
1.1. Welcome! New members to the SCA-JML mailing list often ask questions that have been asked many times before. We send this FAQ file with links to sites that often can answer those initial questions. If after reviewing these sites you still have questions, by all means post the question. We will be happy to help you the best that we can.
1.2. The SCA Japanese Mailing List serves as a focal point for members of the Society of Creative Anachronism and other reenactment groups who seek more information on medieval Japan defined roughly as the Nara through Momoyama eras (roughly 600-1600 AD).
1.3. Suggestions for or comments on the SCA JML FAQ can be sent to the SCA-JML mailing list.
2. Japanese Names
2.1. The book Name Construction in Medieval Japan by Solveig Throndardottir (Dr. Barbara Nostrand) is the standard for SCA reference. It may be available from:
PO Box 30171
Columbia, MO 65205
Cost: $42.50 (this is with shipping included)
Make Checks payable to:
2.2. Japanese Formal Masculine Given Names Lady Solveig's article from the Academy of St. Gabriel http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/solveig/nanori
2.3. The Nihon Zatsuroku: An Online Japanese Miscellany by AJ Bryant has a section on Japanese name construction. You can find it at http://sengokudaimyo.com
2.4. The United States Japanese Historical Reenactment Society site by Ii Saburou Katsumori has a section on Japanese names. You can find it at http://modzer0.cs.uaf.edu/~logan/Japane ... php?var=na
2.5. Can I use an already famous name in the SCA?
No, you cannot use an already famous name as your own within the SCA. Widely known historical names such as Miyamoto Musashi or fictional names such as Ogami Itto cannot be used.
3. Japanese Costuming
3.1. The Costume Museum is located in Kyoto, Japan and has an online presence at http://www.iz2.or.jp/english/index.htm
. It includes a large variety of different costumes from the Nara to Meiji eras.
3.2. The YÃƒÂ»soku Kojitsu Ron: A History of Japanese Clothing and Accessories by AJ Bryant has sections on both men's and women's clothing. You can find it at http://sengokudaimyo.com
3.3. The Reconstructing History by Kass McGann has a section on Japanese costuming. Find it at http://www.reconstructinghistory.com/
3.4. Magariki Katsuichi no Koredono's site Simple basic Japanese garb has instructions geared for reenactors. It is located at http://www.dementia.org/~djl/sca/japanese/patterns.html
3.5. The United States Japanese Historical Reenactment Society site by Ii Saburou Katsumori has a section on Japanese clothing. You can find it at http://modzer0.cs.uaf.edu/~logan/Japane ... hp?var=clt
3.6. Anna Liese's Fibers and Stuff site has some construction instruction. http://fibers.destinyslobster.com/Japanese/japindex.htm
3.7. Makiwara-hime's Kosode Made Simple at http://www.geocities.com/wodeford/KosodeMadeSimple.htm
3.8. Sir Kitakaze Tatsu Raito's Japanese Garb Page is at http://www.raito.com/clothing.htm
4. Japanese Armour
4.1. The Nihon Katchuu Seisakuban: An Online Japanese Armour Manual by AJ Bryant has detailed information on the construction of Japanese armour. You can find it at http://sengokudaimyo.com
4.2. The Yama Kaminari site has some information by Sir Ogami Akira on making SCA legal Japanese armour. You can find it at http://www.yamakaminari.com/
4.3. The Tanki Yoriaku is an annotated eighteenth century arming guide. You can find it at http://rhinohide.cx/tousando/yoriaku
5. Japanese Clans in the SCA
Who wants to be a lone samurai?
5.1. Clan Yama Kaminari: http://www.yamakaminari.com/
5.2. Clan Genji: http://members.aol.com/arashisan
5.3. Clan Yamamizu: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/clan_yamamizu
5.4 Clan Kitemitsu: http://kitemitsu.org
5.5 You can find the locations of some SCA Japanese members here: http://rhinohide.cx/tousando/clanmap/html/clanmap.html
6. Other Links
I found this FAQ to be pretty useless. Do you have any other suggestions?
6.3. Vasha's Guide to Feudal Japan http://scajapan.netfirms.com/
If you have any suggestions on additional resources, feel free to mail them to me. I am a maintainer of the FAQ. New sources would be appreciated.