Boger, H. Batterson. The Traditional Arts of Japan A Complete Illustrated Guide. New York: Bonanza Books,

Carpenter, John T and Melissa McCormick. The Tale of Genji A Japanese Classic Illuminated. The MET, New York: Yale University Press, 2019.

Hempel, Rose. The Heian Civilization. Translated by Katherine Wilson. Phaidon: Oxford

Hutt, Julia and Helene Alexander. Ogi. A History of the Japanese Fan. London: Dauphin Publishing Limited, 1992.

National Museum Tokyo. Newsweek/Mondadori – Great Museums of the World, 1968.

Noma, Seiroku. The Arts of Japan Ancient and Medieval. Tokyo: Kodansha International Ltd., 1966.


Anonymous. Sacred Rites in Moonlight Ben no Naishi Nikki. Translated by S. Yumiko Hulvey. Cornell University East Asia Program, 2005.

Anonymous. As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams Recollections of a Woman in Eleventh-Century Japan. Translated by Ivan Morris. London: Penguin Books, 1975.

Anonymous. Tales of Yamato A Tenth-Century Poem-Tale. Translated by Mildred M Tahara. Honolulu: The University Press of Hawaii, 1980.

Anonymous. The Confessions of Lady Nijo. Translated by Karen Brazell. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1973.

Anonymous. The Tales of Ise. Translated by H. Jay Harris. Boston: Tuttle Publishing, 1972

Anonymous. The Tales of the Heike. Translated by Burton Watson. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.

Anonymous. The Ten Foot Square Hut and Tales of the Heike Being two thirteenth-century Japanese classics, the “Hojoki” and selections from the “Heike Monogatari”. Translated by A.L. Sadler. Rutland, Vermont: Charles E Tuttle Company, 1972.

Davis, F. Hadland. Myths and Legends of Japan. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1992

Fujiwara. The Gossamer Years. Translated by Edward Seidensticker. Tokyo: Tuttle Publishing, 1964.

Ki no Tsurayuki. The Tosa Diary. Translated by WIlliam N. Porter. Tokyo: Tuttle Publishing, 1981.

Kimbrough and Shirane. Monsters, Animals, and Other Worlds A Collection of Short Medieval Japanese Tales. New York: Columbia University Press, 2018.

McCullough, Helen Craig. Classical Japanese Prose An Anthology. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1990.

Murasaki and others. Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan. Translated by Annie Shepley Omori. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, 2003.

Murasaki Shikibu. The Diary of Lady Murasaki. Translated by Richard Bowring. London: Penguin Books, 1996.

Sei Shonagon. The Pillow Book. Translated by Meredith McKinney. London: Penguin, 2006

Tyler, Royall. Japanese Tales. New York: Pantheon Books, 1987.

Ury, Marian. Tales of Times Now Past Sixty-Two Stories from a Medieval Collection. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Michigan Classics in Japanese Studies Number 9, Center for Japanese Studies, 1993.


Morris, Ivan. The World of the Shining Prince Court Life in Ancient Japan. New York: Kodansha International, 1994. –If you’re studying the Heian court, this is a must read.

McCormick, Melissa. The Tale of Genji A Visual Companion. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018.

Murasaki Shikibu and Anonymous. Genji and Heike Selections from The Tale of Genji and The Tale of the Heike. Translated by Helen Craig McCullough. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1994.

Murasaki Shikibu. The Tale of Genji. Translated by Royall Tyler New York: Penguin, 2003

Murasaki Shikibu. The Tale of Genji. Translated by Edward Seidensticker. New York: Everyman’s Library, 1992.

Murasaki Shikibu. The Tale of Genji. Translated by Suematsu Kencho. Tokyo: Tuttle Publishing.

Murasaki Shikibu. The Tale of Genji. Translated by Arthur Waley. New York: Modern Library Books, 1960.

Murasaki Shikibu. The Tale of Genji. Translated by Dennis Washburn. New York: W. W. Norton & Co, 2015.

Ni, Jindan. The Tale of Genji and Its Chinese Precursors Beyond the Boundaries of Nation, Class, and Gender. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2020.

Tyler, Royall. A Reading of The Tale of Genji. Charley’s Forest NSW Australia: Blue Tongue Books, 2014.


Hirschfield, Jane. The Ink Dark Moon Love Poems by Ono Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan. New York: Vintage Classics, 1990.

Japanese Classics Translation Committee. 1000 Poems From the Manyoshu. New York: Dover Publications, 2005.

Macmillan, Peter. One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each A treasury of Classical Japanese Verse. Penguin Classics, 2018.

Pekarik, Andrew J. The Thirty-six Immortal Women Poets. New York: George Braziller, 1991.

Rodd, Laurel Rasplica. Kokinshu A Collection of Poems Ancient and Modern. Boston: Cheng & Tsui, 1996.

History, Commentary, Analysis:

Adolphson, Mikael S. The Gates of Power Monks, Courtiers, and Warriors in Premodern Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2000.

Ambros, Barbara. Liminal Journeys: Pilgrimages of Noblewomen in Mid-Heian Japan. Nanzan University: Japanese Journal of Religious Studies. Fall 1997. Vol 24. No 3/4. Pilgrimage in Japan (Fall. 1997). pp. 301-345.

Anonymous. The Taiheiki A Chronicle of Medieval Japan. Translated by Helen Craig McCullough. Tokyo: Tuttle Publishing, 1958

Bargen, Doris G. Mapping Courtship and Kinship in Classical Japan: The Tale of Genji and Its Predecessors. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2015.

Bender, Ross. Imperial Rule: Essays on Ancient Japan. Kindle Direct, 2022.

Borgen, Robert. Sugawara no Michizane and the Early Heian Court. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 1994.

Bundy, Roselee. “A Life Suspended – 閉ざされた一生: The Preface and Long Poem Accompanying Kamo No Yasunori No Musume’s Poetry Collection.” U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal, no. 55/56 (2019): 3–32.

Bundy, Rose. “Court Women in Poetry Contests: The ‘Tentoku Yonen Dairi Utaawase’ (Poetry Contest Held at Court in 960).” U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal, no. 33 (2007): 33–57.

Carter, Steven D. How to Read a Japanese Poem. New York: Columbia University Press, 2019.

Farris, William Wane. Heavenly Warriors The Evolution of Japan’s Military, 500-1300. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995.

Farris, William Wayne. Sacred Texts and Buried Treasures Issues in the Historical Archeology of Ancient Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 1998.

Heldt, Gustav. The Pursuit of Harmony Poetry and Power in Early Heian Japan. Ithaca, New York: East Asia Program Cornell University, 2008.

Lamarre, Thomas. Uncovering Heian Japan. Durham: Duke University Press, 2000.

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

Mass, Jeffrey P. Antiquity and Anachronism in Japanese History. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1992.

Persiani, Gian Piero. “The Public, the Private, and the In-Between: Poetry Exchanges as Court Diplomacy in Mid-Heian Japan.” Japan Review, no. 35 (2020): 7–30.

Sansom, George. A History of Japan to 1334. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1958.

Sarra, Edith. Fictions of Femininity Literary Inventions of Gender in Japanese Court Women’s Memoirs. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999.

Schalow, Paul Gordon. A Poetics of Courtly Male Friendship in Heian Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2007.

Schirokauer, Conrad. A Brief History of Japanese Civilization. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1993.

Souyri, Pierre Francois. The World Turned Upside Down Medieval Japanese Society. New York: Columbia University Press, 2001.

Throndardottir, Solveig. Name Construction in Mediaeval Japan Revised Edition. Columbia, Missouri: Potboiler Press, 2004.

Turnbull, Stephen. Samurai Women 1184-1877. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2010.

Courtesans/Sex Work:

Seigle, Cecilia Segawa. Yoshiwara The Glittering World of the Japanese Courtesan. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1993.

Goodwin, Janet R. Selling Songs and Smiles The Sex Trade in Heian and Kamakura Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2007.

Costume and Textiles:

Jackson, Anna. Japanese Country Textiles. Victoria & Albert Museum, Far Eastern Series. 1997

Jidai Isho no Kitsuke. Tokyo: Genryusha, 1982.  – Shows the process of getting dressed for several Heian outfits.

Kennedy, Alan. Japanese Costume History and Tradition. Paris: Editions Adam Biro, 1990.

Kurihara, Hiro and Machiko Kawamura. Jidai ishō no nuikata : fukugenhin o chūshin toshita Nihon dentō ifuku no kōsei gihō. Tokyo: Genryusha, 1984 – This book is the source for period patterns and was written by clothing historians. Japanese.

Noma, Seiroku. Japanese Costume and Textile Arts. New York: The Heibonsha Survey of Japanese Art, 1974.

Schoeser, Mary. Silk. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007.

Watt, James C. Y. and Anne E. Wardwell. When Silk Was Gold Central Asian and Chinese Textiles. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997.


Dalby, Liza. Kimono: Fashioning Culture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993  – Colored exemplars of kasane no irome (color combinations), Heian noble women’s clothing

Nagasaki, Seiki. Kasane no irome: Heian no bisho. Kyoto: Shoin, 1998. – Colored exemplars of kasane no irome (color combinations). Japanese.

Tadaki, Hadijo. 有職の色彩図鑑 由来からまなぶ日本の伝統色 Illustrated Encyclopedia of Colors for Professionals: Learn Japanese Traditional Colors From Their Origins. isbn 978-4-473-04423-5


Carey, Jacqui. Beginner’s guide to Braiding The Craft of Kumihimo. Great Britain: Search Press Limited, 1997. – Kumihimo

Owen, Roderick. Braids: 250 Patterns from Japan, Peru & Beyond. (California: LACIS Publications and Unicorn Books, 2004) – Kumihimo


Ishige, Naomichi. The History and Culture of Japanese Food. London: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2001.

Rath, Eric C. Food and Fantasy In Early Modern Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010.

Rath, Eric C. Japan’s Cuisine. Food Place and Identity. London: Reaktion Books Ltd, 2016.


Absolon, Trevor. Samurai Armour Volume 1 The Japanese Cuirass. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2017.

Mitsuo Kure. Samurai Arms Armor Costume. Edison: Chartwell Books, Inc., 2007.


Tsu, Sun and Others. The Art of War and Other Classics of Eastern Thought. New York: Barnes and Noble, 2014.


Bokunan-DoJapanese Hat Merchant

Bryant, Anthony J. jumping off point for re-creators/reenactors

Choi Min’s TeahouseResources for research and re-creation.

Joseph, Lisa. no Hana’s website, costume, poetry

Oribe, Tsukime. Research and ClassesEspecially useful for kosode patterns and instructions of the best resources in English for waka/Japanese poetry, worth clicking for the bibliography alone.

Kasane no Iromewaybackmachine of a defunct immortal geisha site for kasane no irome, my favorite on the go kasane resource.

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