I just found a wonderful website – a A young woman named Brittany working in Japan living in the same region (Shimane) where my little Ninja character grew up, and her website has a ton of information about Shimane, rich in history. Brittany lives in Matsue, capitol of Shimane Prefecture.
I bet she even knows stories from Ugamotomachi (population 2,023). Mostly she adapts ancient, Japanese myth and folklore into easy to read manga. She hopes both experts and nonexperts will enjoy them – excellent! Whether a Japan Noob or a Japan XpertGaijin (™) then you will enjoy the whole site. Lots of information about the Shimane region. I hear there is a great bowling alley, karaoke, videogames/pinball, and laudromat center all under one roof (for a discount) in downtown Ugamotomachi. I bet Matsue has several, oh what a metropolis (population approx. 200,000)
Just one sample from Brittany’s comics work –
She does comic strips to illustrate the stories from the Kojichi, or Japan’s Record of Ancient Matters. So of course, she knows all the stories of the eighty three dead Quiet Ninjas that watch over the Dojo of Silence? No? Don’t know that one? Well, sometimes it can be hard to get to everything, but she covers a lot on her blog! I bet its hard to see much of little Ugamotomachi when big, urban Matsue keeps sucking you in: Lots here too about Shimane’s wonderful culture, history, castles, food, and much more! http://saninstory.wordpress.com/the-kojiki-legends-a-t-b-b-coming-soon/