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Electronic Resources
General Information | Samurai | Weapons & Martial Arts

Traditional Resources

General Information | Textbook | Reference Materials | Literature Connection | Supplemental Materials

    I. General Information

    Schauwecker's Guide to Japan: http://www.japan-guide.com (This is an outstanding place to start gathering information)

    II. Samurai

    The Samurai Homepage: http://victorian.fortunecity.com/duchamp/410/samurai2.html-This site has good background information

    Japanese Warrior Hero: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~dfukushi/Warrior.html- This site provides a brief overview by presenting an abstract of a book on Japanese history. There is also much authentic vocabulary in this site.

    Samurai Archives: http://www.samurai-archives.com/- This site gives an overview of warlords, samurai, and general history

    The Samurai: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2127.html- This is good source for background information.

    Women Warriors: http://www.koryubooks.com/library/wwj2.html- This is a great source of information about women samurai.

    III. Weapons & Martial Arts

    History of Japanese Swords: http://www.iaido.org/iaido.html- This is a brief history on the topic of Japanese swords.

    Anatomy of the Samurai Helmet: http://quanonline.com/military/military_reference/japanese/samurai_helmet_drawing.html- This is a commercial site that provides information about the utilitarian features of the Samurai helmet.

    Japanese Martial Arts: http://www.martialinfo.com/HistoryJapan.htm- This is a good source for background information on martial arts.

    Resources: (Traditional)

    Aoki, Michiko Y. & Margaret B. Dardess. As the Japanese See It - Past & Present. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1981.

    Batchelor, Julia S. Life with the Ainu. London: The Religious Tract Society, 1892.

    Bestor, Ted. Faces: The Magazine about People. "Holidays and Festivals in Japan" April 1990, Vol. VI, No. VII.

    Benedict, Ruth. The Chrysanthemum and the Sword. New York: New American Library, 1967.

    Carlson, Dale. Warlord of the Genji. New York: Atheneum, 1970.

    Dunn, C.J. Everyday Life in Traditional Japan. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1969.

    Elison, George & Cardwell L. Smith. Warlords, Artists, and Commoners. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1981.

    Fredric, Louis. Daily Life in Japan at the Time of the Samurai. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1972.

    Gard, Carolyn. Calliope: A World History Magazine for Young People "The Sword of the Samurai." New Hampshire: Cobblestone Publishing, Jan./Feb. 1993.

    Hane, Mikiso. Peasants, Rebels, and Outcastes. New York: Pantheon Books, 1982.

    Herrigel, Eugen. Zen in the Art of Archery. New York: Vintage Books, 1981.

    Kalman, Bobbie. Japan: The Culture. New York: Crabtree Publishing, 1989.
    Japan: The Land. New York: Crabtree Publishing, 1989.

    Kaneyoshi, Nakayama. Pictorial Encyclopedia of Japanese Culture. Tokyo: Gakken,1987.

    Langer, Paul. Japan Yesterday & Today. New York: Holt, Rhinehart, & Winston, 1966.

    Leonard. Jonathan Norton. Early Japan. New York: Time Life Books, 1968.

    Morton, W. Scott. Japan: Its History and Culture. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1970.

    Morris, Ivan. The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1969.

    Munro, Neil. Ainu Creed and Cult. New York: Columbia University Press, 1963.

    Namioka, Lensey. The Samurai and the Long-Nosed Devils. New York: David Mckay,1976.

    Nishimura, Eshin. Unsui: A Diary of Zen Monastic Life. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1973.

    Roberson, John R. Japan: From Shogun to Sony. NewYork: Athenum, 1985.

    Sadler, A.L. The Code of the Samurai. Rutland, Vt.: Charles E. Tuttle, Co., 1941.

    Sakamoto, Taro. Japanese History. Tokyo: The International Society for Educational Information Press, 1971.

    Shikibu, Murasaki (Lady Murasaki). The Tale of the Genji. New York: Houghton, 1925.

    Shimahara, Nobuo. Burakumin: A Japanese Minority and Education. Martinus Nijhoff, Netherlands: The Hague, 1971.

    Shinoda, Minoru. The Founding of the Kamakura Shogunate, 1180-1185. New York: Columbia University Press, 1960.

    Sichel, Marion. National Japanese Costume Reference. New York; Chelsea House, 1987.

    Smith, Henry. Learning from the Shogun. Santa Barbara: University of California Press,1980.

    Tsunoda, Ryusaku, et al. Sources of Japanese Tradition. New York: Columbia University Press, 1958.

    Totman, Conrad. Politics in the Tokugawa Bakufu. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1967.

    Turnbull, S.R. The Samurai: A Military History. New york: Macmillan Publishing Co.,1979.

    Varley, H. Paul. Faces: The Magazine about People. "The Samurai" April 1990 Samurai. New York: Delacorte Press, 1971. The Onin War. New York: Columbia University Press, 1967.

    Wiencek, Henry. The Lords of Japan. New York: Stonehenge Press, 1982


    Armento, Beverly. Across the Centuries. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1991

    Reference Materials:

    Bower, Bert et al. Imperial China and Feudal Japan. Mountain View, Ca., 1993

    Greaves, Richard L. et al. Civilizations of the World. New York: Harper & Row, 1990.

    Hundley, Ian. Civilizations: Teacher's Resource Book. Vancouver: Gage Educational Publishing Co., 1994.

    Literature Connection:

    Haugaard, Eric Christian. The Samurai's Tale. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1984.

    Kimmel, Eric A. Sword of the Samurai: Adventure Stories from Japan. 1999.

    San Souci, Robert & Stephen Johnson. The Samurai's Daughter. 1992.

    James-Tsukushi, J. Alison. The Drums of Noto Hanto. 1999.

    Available through Shen's Books in Arcadia, Ca.


    Supplemental Materials:

    Antilla, Madeline. The Samurai: Those Who Serve. California History-Social Science Project, 1994.

    Campbell, Ann. Land of the Rising Sun. Boulder, Co.: Alarion Press

    Franco, Betsy. Japan: A Literature Based Multi-cultural Unit. Monterey, Ca.: Evan-Moor Corp., 1993.

    Okura, Yamanoue no. Grade 7 Course Model: Unit VII - Japan. "A Dialogue on Poverty." Source: Anthology of Japanese Literature from the Earliest Era to the Mid-Nineteenth Century. Edited by Donald Keene. New York: Grove Press, 1960.

    Pusavat,Yoko. Getting to Know Japan. Long Beach: Project Vital Links, 1994.