Take a Walk to our Japanese House! PDF with a guided photographic tour of the contemporary Nishijin district of Kyoto, where The Japanese House originated.
Kyo no Machiya Japanese House Exhibition Glossary of Terms. PDF with images, descriptions, and Japanese pronunciation guide for architectural and cultural Japanese terms related to the exhibition.
A History of Japanese Religion. Ed. Kazuo Kasahara. Tokyo: Kosei Publishing Company, 2002. A comprehensive survey of Japanese religious history from experts in the field, focusing primarily on developments in Buddhism and Shinto, but also covering the history of Christianity in Japan and lesser-known sects, such as Shugendo.
"Pictures: Now or Never? 9 Places to See Before They Slip Away." National Geographic. 25 June, 2012. In their list of nine sites around the world to visit before they disappear, National Geographic included Kyoto's machiya houses alongside Mount Kilimanjaro, the country of Bhutan, and the Dead Sea. All of the sites listed are threatened either by climate change, globalization, modernization, or a combination of forces.
Whelan, Christal. Kansai Cool: A Journey into the Cultural Heartland of Japan. Tokyo, Rutland, Singapore: Tuttle Publishing, 2014. A selection of 25 essays by cultural anthropologist Christal Whelan concerning the Kansai region, centered around the western cities of Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, and Kobe. Topics addressed include contemporary and traditional forms of technology, fashion trends, arts movements, and the region’s relationship with nature.
When the neighbors lit candles for the lanterns to show respect for the deceased, it was the time for “Bon-odori” dance. Chochin lanterns were attached to strings and hung along the houses. At the center there was a tall podium where the drummers played music and people young and old gathered and danced. They shouted: “A fool who dances and a fool who just watches, if you both are fool, it’s better to dance.” Everyone from the neighborhood brought food to share, and we danced all night long!
On cold winter evenings at 8 o’clock, neighborhood children gathered at a street corner. Mostly 6th graders, these children took hyoshigi wooden clappers, walked around the neighborhood and chanted “A single match can cause a fire”—clap, clap—“Caution to lighting and caution to fire”— clap, clap, to remind people to take care of the fire. It was something that young children did to help and to be part of the community.