Essay on ancient rituals and peasant society practices that became part of Japanese traditional culture and still influence present day rural society.
Gives descriptions of chararacters in the famous Japanese story, as well as life in Heian Japan including period cosmetics, fashion, food, music, and religion. Authored by Liza Dalby, the only westerner to ever become a geisha.
A study, including translation, of the Enoshima Engi, a 6th century dragon story by the 11th century Japanese monk Kokei. Finds Kokei's narrative is closer to history than myth.
Temple complex in Nara, Japan includes the largest wooden building in the world. View the Great Buddha housed inside and learn about the complex's history.
Provides a history of women's role in Japanese martial arts from the ancient era until modern times.
Gives timeline and events during old Japanese history from approximately 10,000 B.C. to the end of the Heian Period in 1192 A.D.
History and art of Asuka, the first Japanese capital (7th century). Site includes a virtual museum containing both text and photos.
Brief discussion of ancient city planning, using Nara as the example. Illustrations of the original grid system and its remains.
Includes a brief history of Japan from ancient times through developments after 1945. Find geographical and topographical details as well.
Includes origins, history, and glossary of place names.