Internet Resources--Japan Studies: Culture
East Asian Library, University of Kansas
Ikebana, one of the traditional arts of Japan, has been practiced for
more than 600 years. It developed from the Buddhist ritual of offering
flowers to the spirits of the dead. By the middle of the fifteenth century,
with the emergency of the first classical styles, Ikebana achieved the
status of an art form independent of its religious origins, though it
continued to retain strong symbolic and philosophical overtones.
http://www.st.rim.or.jp/~pon/eng.html Many virtual Flower
The Ikenobo Ikebana Society is one of the leading and oldest associations
of Ikebana. Ikenobo's rich tradition provides a firm basis for innovation
in today's modern ikebana.
Sogetsu is one of the leading Ikebana schools. Sofu Teshigahara
Sogetsu School in 1927. Believing that Ikebana should be both enjoyable
and creative, Sofu developed a school of Ikebana deeply rooted in
tradition yet meeting the requirements of the age.
Kabuki is one of the classical dramatic arts of Japan. The repertoire,
music, manner of role portrayal and stage-craft have become a source
of interest for dramatic research the world over.
Manjiro Home page http://www.fix.co.jp/index-e.html
Created by Matazo Nakamura, Kabuki actor. This page contains short
article of Kabuki. Includes sounds, make up,online theater etc.
Manjiro is an onnnagata specializing in female roles, but also
distinctive stage presence to male roles, especially roles of
gentle, young men from good families.
Make up http://www.fix.co.jp/kabuki/makeup.html
Kabu-kids = (illustrated book- Kabu-kids)
Introduce the process of making a stage, costumes and samples of
with illustration. Created by a stuff of making Kabuki stage.
Kabukiza e = (Welcome to Kabukiza)
Kabukiza, one of the most established Kabuki stages in Japan, introduces
the its 90 years of history.
Kimono" is a general term referring to Japan's
native costume" which has centuries of tradition. It is also called
"Wafuku" (Japanese clothes) as opposed to "Yoofuku" (Western clothes).
The Kimono style is identical for all wearers regardless of age or sex.
Virtual Kimono Art Gallery
Make your own original Kimon'o gram and send it to a friend.Also
take a look at our Virtual Gallery of Kimono's with modern motifs.
wedding dress Page (Osaka, Japan)
Japanese only, but lots of pictures. Info about rental bridal boutique,
wedding dress and Kimono is here!
Shows kimono culture. Provides international services for kimono
Shuko Designs dyes anything from T-shirts to kimono, from interior
design to silk scarves.
Noh and Kyogen are traditional Japanese dramas. Noh was developed in
the 14th century from religious sources and folk myths. Kyogen reflects
everyday and social conditions and often makes used of mime and comical
ground to Noh Kyogen http://www.iijnet.or.jp/NOH-KYOGEN/
This page includes a basic lecture of Noh and Kyogen with pictures.
Nohgaku COM http://www.nohgaku.com
Lots of information about Noh, e.g. performers, stages, Nohgaku
hall, reference books.
and Kyogen http://www.kt.rim.or.jp/~snoo/
This includes history and general information.
Kyogen of Izumi School
Ceremony is one of the best known Japanese cultural traditions. In a
tea gathering or a tea party, a host and a guest can share a sense of
togetherness in a small tea house. A host and a guest are not usually
expected to talk physically but spiritually, while in an English-styled
tea party, people are expected to talk to each other physically.
Includes glossary and bibliographical reference of tea ceremony.
(Japan Information Network): Tradition and Culture: What is
Tea Ceremony? http://www.jinjapan.org/kidsweb/japan/d/q3.html
The tea ceremony involves preparing powdered tea for guests according
to custom and enjoying its austere taste quietly and serenely. Influenced
by Zen Buddhism, the tea ceremony seeks to purify the mind and attain
oneness with nature.
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