Samurai, Ninja &
Medieval Japan Site

Okami Moro-naga is a secondary persona of mine.  My family name of Okami means "wolf".
My given name Moro
-naga means "senior teacher" or "long-time teacher". 

My secondary persona allows me the excuse to wear Japanese garb and explore Japanese culture
during the time of the Middle Ages. If you have an interest in developing an Japanese name
and/or persona, check out the following links:

    An Exposition of Japanese Thought
by Inazo Nitobe
    A History of Japanese Clothing    
    An On-Line Japanese Miscellany    
    Japanese Kimono and Other Clothes, Hair & Fabric    
    Japanese Textiles, Dyes & Designs    
    Making and Wearing Kimonos    
    Kimono Accessories    
    Costume History of Japan    
    An On-Line Manual of Japanese Armour Manuel    
    Chronology of Japanese History    
    Defensive weapons of the Japanese Samurai    
    Japanese Sword Guide    
    The Japanese Sword    
    Making the Japanese Sword    
    Japanese Sword Visual Glossary    
    The Katana    
    The Wakizashi    
    Origin of the Wakizashi    
    The Tanto    
    The No Dachi    
    The Naginata    
    The Tachi    
    The Ninja-To    
    The Tsuba    
    Japanese Chainmail    
    Castles of Japan    
    Origins of the Samurai    
    Brief History of the Samurai    
    A Brief History of the Samurai    
    Samurai Gallery
Pictures of Samuria Warriors painted by Ebine Shundo
    Kyuba no Michi (The Way of Horse and Bow)    
    A History of Kimono    
    Guide to Japan: Samurai    
    Shogun Households    
    Lady Murasaki Shikibu: 973-1025(?) A.D.    
    HISTORY OF THE SAMURAI: Warrior Class of Japan    
    The Samurai Archive    
    Naginata Federation
Information on one of the weapons a samurai would learn to use.
    History of Ninjitsu    
    Ueno Ninja Museum    
    Masaaki Hatsumi, Artist of Life    
    Masaaki Hatsumi, Grandmaster    
    Masaaki Hatsumi & Stephen K. Hayes Ninja Page    
    Ninja: History, Myth, Cinema    
    Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies    
    Japanese Formal Masculine Given Names
by Solveig Throndardottir
    A Roll of Japanese Armory
by Solveig Throndardottir
    The Roots and History of Kamon    
    Research Questions for Developing a Persona    
    SCA Japanese Mailing List      (yahoo groups discussion e-list)    
    Tousando                                     (discussion board for Japanese personas in the SCA)    


Suggested Readings on Medieval Japan:

**Name Construction in Medieval Japan by Barbara Nostrand
Outlaw Press, 1993

Japanese Design Motifs by tr. Fumie Adashi (Matsuya Piece Good Store)
Dover Publications Inc.,1972

The Elements of Japanese Design by John W. Dower
John Weatherhill Inc., 1971

Mon: The Japanese Family Crest by W.M. Hawley and K. K. Chappeleer

Suggested Readings on Samurai:

**Secrets of the Samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan by Oscar Ratti & Adele Westbrook
Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1973 (ISBN: 0-8048-1684-0)

The Samurai Sword: A Handbook by John M. Yumoto
Charles E Tuttle Co., 1958 (ISBN: 0-8048-0509-1)

Samurai: The Story of a Warrior Tradition by Harry Cook
Sterling Publishing

Iai: The Art of Drawing the Sword by Darrell Craig
Charles Tuttle Co.

The Martial Arts and Ways of Japan by Donn Draeger
John Weatherhill Inc.

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi
Shambhala Inc.

Flashing Steel by Masayuki Shimabukuro
Frog Ltd

The Art of Japanese Swordsmanship by Nicklaus Suino
John Weatherhill Inc.

Samurai : The Warrior Tradition by Stephen Turnbull & James Field (Illustrator)

Samurai Sourcebook by Stephen Turnbull

Arms and Armor of the Samurai by Stephen Turnbull, Ian Bottomley & A. P. Hopson

The Samurai: A Military History by Stephen Turnbull

Samurai Warfare by Stephen Turnbull

The Japanese Sword : A Comprehensive Guide by Kanzan Sato

Suggested Readings on Ninja

**Ninjutsu : History and Tradition by Masaaki Hatsumi

Ninja - the True Story of Japan's Secret Warrior Cult by Stephen Turnbull & Masaaki Hatsumi

Essence of Ninjutsu by Masaaki Hatsumi

The Grandmaster's Book of Ninja Training by Masaaki Hatsumi & Chris W.P. Reynolds

Stick Fighting by Masaaki Hatsumi & Quintin Chambers

Japanese Persona Information

Name: Okami Moro-naga

Titles: Okami-sama    (by liege-folk & household members)
(by students & protégés)

Kamon Emblem:


If you are not familiar with the SCA but would like to know more,
check out the following links:

SCA   -   General Intro to the SCA
Forgotten Sea   -   Website of the group that I have been Territorial Baron of
Cúm an Iolair   -   Website of a group that I have been Seneschal of
Terminology   -   Definitions of some common SCA terms
Heraldry   -   My page on SCA Heraldry

Missing in Action

These articles were formerly found on the web but are no longer at their previous location.
If you know where they are currently residing, please e-mail me with the url.
Modar at:

The Development of the Japanese Katana

Japanese Historical and Sword Eras

Courtly Education in Early Medieval Japan
by Steven D. Carter

Court Ranks and Offices in Early Medieval Japan
by Steven D. Carter

Japan: Approaching the Middle Ages~Change and Continuity, 1150-1350

Five Lives of Medieval Japan

The rabbit blockprint in the header is by Shusui Taki.

This Samurai Site page (and sub-pages) are published by Ron Knight (known in the SCA as Modar Neznanich) for the edification of the members of the Barony of Forgotten Sea, its cantons and the members of the SCA. It is not a corporate publication of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. and does not delineate S.C.A. policies. In cases of conflict with printed versions of material presented on these pages or it's links, the dispute will be decided in favor of the printed version unless otherwise indicated. Opinions expressed are those of the authors.

©1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006  Ron Knight
Baron Modar Neznanich, Order of the Pelican


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