Web Pages Suggested by Students

The web pages that follow were suggested by students, based on topics in which they were especially interested.  Please report broken links to  cushja@evergreen.edu .

Ben Baldwin:   History of Video GamesCurrent Video Game NewsSources for Older Video Games

Video games are largely produced in Japan and imported into the US where they are translated and released under different platforms.  Video games have become a way of interacting with a story.  Now video games have integrated themselves into both Japanese and American culture and offer, through the internet, the ability for multiple countries to compete and/or interact with one another.

Chris Barnes:   "Foreign-flavored" Japanese Television

This is a production company in japan that make "forigen flavored shows".  i wonder if i could get a job there...

Gordon Boddington:

I think it is hard to choose one website that is supposed to represent my entire interest in japanese culture. I decided that I would present  two websites about fashion and my desire for material items. I chose my two favorite japanese designers Issey Miyake (http://www.isseymiyake.com) and Yohi Yamamoto  (http://www.yohjiyamamoto.co.jp/).

When I think of Issey Miyake I think mostly of very abstract and pretentiously unwearable clothes. I like the smell of his aftershave, it has a hint of freshly cut grass.  Yohji Yamamoto reminds me of hours spent in Le Bon Marché  http://www.lebonmarche.fr  (the one in Paris) drooling over expensive items in his tertiary line "Y."  None of these links have any educational value and that is why I like them. I want to add something to the list that has nothing to do with anything we have studied so far.

Max Bonneau:   Koi

Nishikigoi are colorful koi, or in layman's terms Japanese goldfish.  These fish, besides simply being as a beautiful flower within the water of a pond, have great personality as well.  They can be trained to be hand fed and learn to recognize the footsteps of their master (person who feeds them) and follow him as he walks around the pond.  I once saw an old Japanese nishikigoi breeder holding his very tame prize koi up for a photograph. Breeding these fish is a legitimate profession.  A female can lay over 100,000 eggs, but only a few of the offspring will have the correct color and skin to be valuable.  It takes a lot of time and money to breed a valuable koi.

Hart Boyd:    Samurai Armor

The topic of my choice was samuri armor.  My reasoning was that it was the first aspect of Japanese culture that caught my eye.  They were always these living sculpures to me, a notion that I have liked since I was a child.  My main interest is in the aesthetics of the armor, the colors, shapes, and use of space, and more recently materials have been a factor for me.  The URL that I found I felt was good on providing historcal information on the armor.  Plus it provides some really good pictures to present the history.  It also identifies the individual components and provides the viewer with information on the construction of the armor.

Lani Callahan:   Japanese Pottery

I found a website on Japanese pottery.  There are tons, but I really like this one because it explains the six distinct styles of pottery in different parts of Japan - Bizen, Echizen, Tanba, Seto, Shigaraki, and Tokoname -  which are all major pottery centers.  The site shows some beautiful pottery from these areas.  Though my focus was Japanese pottery, the site also shows some very nice Japanese paintings, textiles and photography.

Victoria Croskrey:     Kimono

This pagedeals with japanese clothing, Kimono.

Cary Davis:

These sites have recipes of a few japanese dishes that I like and miss since coming back to the states:

Pork Cutlet
Chicken and Egg over Rice
Zaru Soba

Christopher Dean:   Anime

This is an invaluable link to access tons of great anime stuff.  Anime is what interests me the most about Japanese culture so far, so here's a great site which I feel broadens my knowledge of anime and Japanese culture.

Sam Fitterman:    Bushido

Bushido is a kind of honor which America has never seen, or has long ago  forgotten.  This holds true with nearly all of western history.  The Samurai  code does not have an equal in our culture.  This web site seems to have  captured at least a piece of what the word Bushido means.

Adam Harmon-LeVan:   Name Cards

This URL displays a company that does name cards.  I found it somewhat interesting.

Yuko Hibino:

My favorite sites are Japanese newspapers:




Also, there are some really good sites for Korean Japanese people today:




Jason Kollmer:   Japanese Scenery

Here you can find pictures of the beautiful scenery found in Japan. 

Grace Lee:

The first site is:  http://www.fnub.org/index2.php .  I guess this would go under japanese language/ pop culture.  I found it while looking for Japanese onomatopoeia. Under the Japanese tab of the site there's language resources, reading exercises, word games, phrases, slang and onomatopoeia. But then exploring the site futher you find that this person is into mutlimedia, graphics and photography. There are some intresting pictures of Japan under the photos tab and under the entertanment tab there are movie reviews for both american and japanese movies.

Another one of my favorite sites is:  http://www.engrish.com .  This is the home of the happy "I hate myself and want to die" t-shirt, the "eric crapton" cd, the "scanner something error happens" computer error message, and the "non-stop fright to Okinawa" travel poster.  There's even a section that explains the "logic" behind engrish and why the Japanese use it in advertising.

And then finally:  http://shop.store.yahoo.com/animenation/index.html .  This is one of the few online stores I've found that sells anime import japanese language manga.

Hans Linde:    Japanese Art

This link was the first in-depth web site I felt comfortable in linking from the program webpage. Myself being interested in art, trying to get a general art background, but especially in art history my first instinct was to search for japanese art. This site gave me an in-depth view of the art in history, plus there were many other links in which I browsed and were of great interest. The site itself has few if any pictures, but the links are rich, although I did stumble on one dead link. I still think this is a great site to put up.

Nicholas Maloney:   Ninja

This is a link to a website describing an aspect of Japanese culture and history that I have a personal interest in, the concept of Ninja.  The site's title is "The Illuminated Lantern," and it begins with a historical comparison of fact and myth surrounding what has been characterized as a mysterious and dangerous legend.  While there are many baseless superstitions about these feudal-era spies, there are also a good deal of facts, provided you are wiling to dig deep enough for them.

The site also goes into some detail about the tools and media-based popularity of Ninja, which you can read further about by accessing the link.

Anthony Martin:

There are two sites that I would like to share with the class. The first ( http://www.japan-guide.com ) while being a bit commercial has a lot of good info on it, including etiquette, current news, and history. The second is ( http://www.pitt.edu/~ctnst3/chindogu.html).  "Chindogu" is a word coined by Kenji Kawakami that translates to "weird-tool".

Joshua Mason:

I love Go, so I thought it'd be fun to do some research on it on the web. These links have good tutorials and info about japanese Go:   Japanese Go Association     American Go Association

Cara Miller:    Asian Horror EncyclopediaGoju Ryu Network [Karate]

I actually found two sites that really interested me.  Asian Horror Encyclopedia lists Japanese writers, artists, and film directors in the horror genre, as well as examples of horror & supernatural myths, symbols, and folklore.  Goju Ryu Network explains the style of Karate I practice.  It explains what the goju-ryu style means, gives a history of its origins and applications in Japan and Okinawa, and gives examples of things like etiquette in the dojo and the techniques used.  Take a look at the picture of neko ashi dachi (click on Techniques from the main page, then Stances, and scroll down for neko).

Jared Music:   Ninja

Basically while I was searching for reference material for a comic book I was trying to do I came across this site.  It goes into the history of the  Ninja, what they were and what they did, especially during the Sengoku  period.  The site also gives a little bit of history on Nobunaga, Ieyasu and  a few of the other big dogs of the later parts of the war, before the  Tokugawa period picked up.

Don't know how accurate any of this stuff is though.

Jonathan Newell:   Samurai

After many painstaking searches for information on the Hideyoshi invasions of Korea, Saigo Takamori, and Japanese weaponry, I decided on a broader topic.    This site provides engaging information on a broad range of samurai related topics, including family crests, individual bios, and Daimyo house codes.

Joshua Ostrander:   Japanese Music

My main area of interest is music, so naturally I would gravitate to some type of aural domain for this assignment.   Aquarius records is probably the best record store in the country (entirely subjective, I know) on par with Other Music in NYC. Aquarius is in a tiny shop on Valencia in San Francisco, and they specialize in hard to find music from all over the globe. You can rest assured anything in AQ, while you may not like it, will be interesting and not what’s being mass produced and thrown at you from the mainstream media machine. They review almost everything they have in the store, and you can listen to clips of many of their albums in stock.

This said, their selection of music from Japan is extensive. From more poppy groups such as Pizzicato5, to the droning thirty minute tracks of Acid Mother’s Temple (a collective of artists, gardeners, musicians, film makers), to AUBE’s “pages from the book” (which is a recording of ripping pages out of the bible and sampling/processing the sounds), to Ohayo Hoahio (a group of three amazing women on drums, koto, and samplers who are a part of the thriving Osaka noise scene), to Merzbow (master of noise)...and on and on.

I always find AQ’s lists entertaining and informative. Below is a excerpt of a review of Ohayo Hoahio:

HOAHIO Ohayo! Hoahio! (Tzadik) cd 16.98

Fantastic 2nd (first US) release from this all-female Japanese avant-pop group. Yagi Michiyo on the koto (veteran of a Tzadik solo release), Haco on vocals and other instruments, and sinewave sampler virtuoso Sachiko M (known for her work with Otomo Yoshihide in Ground Zero and ISO). Includes a couple of reworked tracks from the import debut on Sachiko's Amoebic label, and more, new wonderful electronic/experimental pop songs in the same vein, strange and lovely. Recommended.

Michael Philips

I personnaly have an interest in animation (not just anime), so I decided research on my two favorite Animation studios. (I'm sorry I couldn't decide on just one.)
The first site is NIPPON ANIMATION.  When growing up in the international district some of their animation was the first I had seen (without subtitles or bad dubbing(Starblazers) or Messinf with Plot(Robotech)). They have what I call an cutsy 70's style of animation their main site can be found here: (Its in English) http://www.nipponanimation.com/top.html
My second favorite site is Studio Ghibli.  I like this studio because of their innovations in Animation (with computer cell painting and cg integration) and because their films are both Moving and incredibly detailed.  Their main site is here: (In Japanese)  http://www.ntv.co.jp/ghibli/
A second site that is unofficial and has a filmography is here:  http://www.nausicaa.net/

Douglas Rosenfield:    Ainu Site 1    Ainu Site 2

These two sites provide information about Japan's indiginous people, the Ainu.

Criis Schaffer

These sites deal with Japanese AV [Adult Video] Idols.  Most of these are just pictures, but because of the fact that they're Idol books, it's best that it has no words. To keep it real.

http://www.idolplanets.com   (no nudie ads)
http://www.inpor.net/JACT.html   (a few ads)
http://www.bomis.com   (a great search engine with a lot more ads than it should have)

Chrystal Selvidio:   Geisha

An aspect of Japanese culture that I find quite interesting is the Geisha.  There's a lot of history, culture, and sterotypes behind them.  This site I found about Geishas seem to be the best out there.

Kyle Smith:    Japanese Film Director Takeshi Kitano

This site is a little out of date, but it is the most in depth English language site on one of the best (but unfortunately little known) directors out of Japan, Takeshi Kitano.

Joshua Souliere:   Castles of Japan

A few sections containing various photographs and descriptions of Japanese Castles, along with geographical information.

Melinda Spikes:     Tea Ceremony

This website gives a clear idea to the belief and spirituality in chanoyu or the tea ceremony. It covers the cultural and spiritual aspect of the ceremony  along with the significance of each person and piece of equipment. It also covers the importance of silent communication between participants. Another quality on this website is that it takes you through the roles of the ceremony step by step.

Melissa Terry:    Japanese Language Learning

While doing the "Internet Resources" assignment, I found the best site for learning Japanese language...and best part is, you don't need to download anything onto your computer inorder to see the nihongo!!!  It also has tells you how to download Japanese onto your computer, etc.

Jason Voss:   Kanji

Kanji, for me, has been the most intriguing aspect of the Japanese language since I began learning it back in high school.  I located several good web sites, some which described the origin of the characters, others that illustrated their historical and modern use, and some which recommended the best approaches to learning them.  All of these topics are covered, at least on the surface level, on this web site.

Oak Young:   Japanese Wall Art

I live downtown and see a lot of really good graffiti, so it got me wondering what wall art in Japan was like. It would seem like it would both be very shinto influenced with a supernnatural undertone but also not very prevalent, since the Japanese seem to have such a conscious awareness of how every visual element blends together to create a harmony.