Here are some Japan-related web sites I found interesting or useful.
The Tale of Genji (Unesco Global Heritage Pavilion)
- Adapted and illustrated (with woodblock prints) English version of The
Google Books Limited Preview: The Tale of Genji
- Online but incomplete version of Tyler's translation of
Oxford Text Archives: The Tale of Genji
- Downloadable full text version of Seidensticker's translation of The
Tale of Genji Scrolls
- Eighteenth-century handscrolls depicting scenes from the first 16
chapters of The Genji.
Japanese Classical Literature at Bedtime: The Tale of Genji
- readings from the original Japanese-language Genji
Monogatari as MP3 audiobooks.
Liza Dalby's Tale of Murasaki
- details of a fictionalized account of Murasaki Shikibu's life.
Plants in Genji Monogatari
- Photographs of plants mentioned in The Genji, with relevant
quotations from Seidensticker's translation.
The Costume Museum - Rebirth of The Tale of Genji
- A museum in Kyoto with a replica of Genji's residence and dolls
wearing Heian-era clothing. This is where you can have your photo taken
wearing courtly Heian attire.
Tale of Genji summary
- Excellent short summary by Royall Tyler.
Marriage, Rank and Rape in The Tale of Genji
- Essay by Royall Tyler.
Forced Affection - Rape as the First Act of Romance in Heian Japan
- Essay by Anthony J. Bryant.
Tale of Genji anime
- 1987 Tale of Genji animated movie with English subtitles on YouTube.
- Wikipedia entry for The Tale of Genji.
Liminal Journeys - Pilgrimages of Noblewomen in Mid-Heian Japan
- Barbara Ambros' comprehensive article on Heian era pilgrimages.
Mythologies and Miracles: The Saigoku Kannon Peregrinogenesis
- Steven E. Gump's essay on the origins of the Saigoku
Echoes of Incense: A Pilgrimage in Japan
- A Westerner's experiences on the famous 88-temple Shikoku pilgrimage.
A-to-Z Photo Dictionary of Japanese Buddhist & Shinto Deities
- All you could ever want to know about buddhas, bodhisattvas,
gods, demons, monks, magical creatures and religious symbols in ancient
Oniko's Travel Dairy
- An young American's breathless, blog-style account of the 33-temple
Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage in Western Japan.
- Biography of late-Heian, early Kamakura period sculptor Unkei
Homosexuality in the Japanese Buddhist Tradition
- An essay on homosexuality and attitudes towards sex in Jappanese
Buddhism from the Heian period to the Edo period.
Access to Insight
- The largest collection of Theravada Buddhism resources online.
- Theravada Buddhist web forum.
The Buddhist Society of Western Australia
- A forum and resource in the Thai Forest Tradition with Ajahn Brahm
as its chief inspiration.
Metta Forest Monastery
- A resource in the tradition of the Thai Forest Tradition with
Thanissaro Bhikkhu as its inspiration.
The Song of Everlasting Sorrow, the poem by T'ang Dynasty poet Po
Chu-Yi, which was popular in Heian Japan. It relates the tragic story
of Yang Kwei-fei and Emperor Hsuan
Kyoto, Uji and Nara
Agoda Live Hotel Agent
- booking hotels in Kyoto and other cities in Japan.
Kyoto flower update
- when and where the flowers are blooming in Kyoto. Also news about
festivals, events, and special light shows at temples and gardens.
Uji Flower Calendar
- a calendar of when and where flowers are blossoming around Uji.
Nara 1300th Anniversary in 2010
- information on events.
Kyoto National Museum
- a good permanent collection of pre-modern and Asian art, and several
special exhibitions each year.
Nara National Museum
- a good permanent collection and several special exhibitions each
Kyoto Temple and Shrine Entrance Fees
- a table of Kyoto's temple and shrine entrance fees and opening
Japan Train Route Finder
- find the best train route from A to B in Japan.
Official Visit Guide to Kyoto's Imperial Palace and villas
- details of when you can visit and how to apply for permission.
Temples and Shrines
Enryakuji on Mount Hiei
Ise Jingu Grand Shrine, Mie