Zodiac Character Sheets (ZIP)
Convention Demo (ZIP)
This wallpaper is the full, wrap-around cover of the book.
Articles & Other Texts
Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi
In the Book of Five Rings (also known as "Go Rin No Sho"), Musashi, a man of almost legendary reputation, outlines his grand treatise on strategy. A classic text read by both martial artists and business men alike.
Excerpts from the Hagakure by Yamamoto Tsunetonmo
In the Hagakure ("Hidden by Leaves"), an aging Tsunetonmo discusses his thoughts and reflections on the life of the samurai. Another classic text that examines the thoughts and attitudes of an Edo period samurai.
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Late Night Idle Talk
Various Works of Lafcadio Hearn
Much like the Brothers Grimm, Lafcadio Hearn is known in Japan for collecting and compiling various Japanese folk, fairy, and ghost stories. Though born on the greek island of Lefkas, Hearn---who is also known as Koizumi Yakuma---later immigrated to Japan, even taking Japanese citizenship and marrying a Japanese wife. It is said that Hearn's integration into Japanese society was so thorough that it is difficult to distinguish his writings from those of native-born authors.
Special thanks to Project Gutenberg for making these texts, as well as so many others, available online.
Some Chinese Ghosts (TXT)
Chita: A Memory of Last Island (TXT)
Two Years in the French Indies (TXT)
Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan: First Series (TXT)
Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan: Second Series (TXT)
Kokoro: Japanese Inner Life Hints (TXT)
In Ghostly Japan (TXT)
Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things (TXT)
Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation (TXT)
The Romance of the Milky Way and Other Studies and Stories (TXT)
Books and Habits; from the Lectures of Lafcadio Hearn (TXT)
"A Gaijin's Guide to the Fantastic Folk Monster of Japan." This is a cool website. The goal of this project is to illustrate and describe some 200 creatures from Japanese folklore, though at the time of this writing there's only 50. It's amazing how actually being able to picture these creatures brings out the disturbing weirdness inherent to so much of Japanese folklore. Definitely a site to keep an eye on.
An online encyclopedia of the world mythology, folklore, and religion. This was my primary source for Japanese spirits during the IGC competition. Though the entire site is worth checking out, the above link directs to the Japanese portion of the site.
"The Mountain Witch" & all text copyrighted 2004 by Timothy Kleinert, all rights reserved.
Text may not be reporduced, in whole or in part, without written consent from the author.
Illustrations copyrighted 2004 by Ethan Harper, used with permission.