- Hi. I have just joined the group. The links suggest a wide base of interest. I'm trying to find the focus of the group, and the meaning of the acronym SCA. Can anyone help? Steve
- On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 5:06 PM, Stephen Partington<sjp.japan@...> wrote:
> Hi. I have just joined the group. The links suggest a wide base of interest. I'm trying to find the focus of the group, and the meaning of the acronym SCA. Can anyone help? SteveSteve-dono, welcome to SCA-JML!
SCA is the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international
not-for-profit organization focused on historical recreation;
primarily medieval Europe, but as you can see our members span the
globe with any culture that had interaction with Europe before 1600.
Heck, there are even people that do New World personas*. See
http://www.sca.org for more information.
We are the Japanese Mailing List, meaning our focus is on recreating
Japan within the SCA. This includes fighting, clothing, names, and
What are your own interests, and how can we help you? If you let us
know what region you live in, we might be able to suggest some groups
*A persona is a name and "character" that we take on in our
recreation. For instance, I am "Ii Saburou Katsumori" when I am
portraying Japanese, but I may be "Edward Godric Logan" if I am doing
something more European.
- Welcome to our list.
SCA stands for Society for Creative Anachronisms...we are a non-profit
educational Medieval/Renaissance recreation group that is international
in scope (we even have a Kingdom in Australia/New Zealand). The
organization is organized into Kingdoms (regional groupings...for
instance, I live in the Kingdom of Atlantia which is DC, Maryland,
Virginia, North and South Carolinas and a tiny piece of Georgia).Within
each Kingdom, there are local groups, Baronies (with sub-groups,
Cantons) and Shires. Each of these groups have "events," which are
gatherings of participants usually from groups that are nearby, though
there are some that bring people in from all over the Kingdom (region).
The main focus of the SCA is Medieval/Renaissance Europe, though there
are those who research and recreate Middle Eastern and Far Eastern
Each of us assumes a persona, a recreation of someone who might have
lived (cannot be an actual historical or even fictional person--no
Richard II or even Richard of England, no Gandalfs, etc.) in whatever
time/place we choose. We then research stuff about that person to make
them more real. Some of us "time travel"...which means that we have fun
wearing clothing and looking at cultures other than the one we
For more information about the SCA as an organization, you can go to
http://www.sca.org, the home page for our group, where you will find
links to all kinds of information.
This particular list is one of many that addresses a topic or topics of
special interest to some folks. Often these lists will attract people
who do not participate in the SCA but find our discussions interesting
or informative. This particular group/elist concentrates on Japanese
culture starting around 800 C.E. and ending around 1600 C. E....its
history, culture, and other facets of that civilization. We also talk
about how we go about recreating that culture...armor, fighting, names,
heraldry, food, whatever comes to mind. There are a number of experts
on this list in this area, including a couple whose works have been
My persona is Japanese, but I dabble in other cultures as well. One of
my main interests is cooking, and back in February I directed the
preparation of a feast (large dinner party) of Middle Eastern food,
mostly Andalusian (southern Muslim Spain). However, a couple of other
denizens of this list and I are working on writing/publishing a
translation of a Japanese cookbook that's slightly beyond our SCA
period. My SCA name is Minowara Kiritsubo, but most folks call me
Kiri. In real life, I'm a retired software instructor who occasionally
does some writing and still does an occasional contract teaching gig.
My husband and I live in southern Maryland, which is the Barony of Dun
Carraig in the Kingdom of Atlantia.
I hope all of this helps. If you have further questions, don't hesitate
to ask. If I can't answer you, someone else in the group will probably
jump in. In fact you'll probably get numerous responses to this query!
Good luck to you!
Stephen Partington wrote:
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> Hi. I have just joined the group. The links suggest a wide base of
> interest. I'm trying to find the focus of the group, and the meaning
> of the acronym SCA. Can anyone help? Steve
- Noble Cousin!
Greetings from Solveig! Yet another welcome to our mailing list. The
scope and level of discussions here is extremely variable. Sometimes
a few of us get into protracted obstruse debates which can go on for
months. Several years ago, there was such an "argument" about whether
to tie obi in the front or the back. It went on for months and I'm
pretty sure that it made quite a few members yawn. However, our
general knowledge about obi has improved. Similarly we can have
rather long and sometimes tedious discussions about how things were
carried while traveling, military cooking, military sleeping
arrangements, and stuff like that. However, our goal is generally to
learn how to do a better job of recreating pre-modern Japan.
Sometime new folk show up and ask questions that have been asked time
and time again and become unhappy when everyone isn't all that
interested in their question. Fortunately, there is a discussion
archive, and you may occasionally be asked to sift through it for
your answer. Finally, please understand that sometimes questions can
take significant time both in research and simple writing to provide
a good answer.
Your Humble Servant