Interesting links about Japan and Genji
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.
The Sensualist: What makes The Tale of Genji so seductive?
- New Yorker article by Ian Buruma.
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.
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