One character of mine is a Japanese woman named Rie. My questions are: what does this name mean, and should it be written in hirigana or with kanji? I've Googled it before, but I've only come up with profiles of actress and singers like Rie Kugimiya (who my Rie is actually named after) and Rie Miyazawa, but no name translations. I've found some kanji for the name, but I'm still learning when it comes to Japanese, and my literacy skills are limited.
I was also wondering if there's any sort of... Amish-style equivalent to living in Japan? Are there still any Edo-era style villages anywhere in Japan now? And if there aren't, would it be possible for one to set something like it up? The story is set in a slightly futuristic setting, but nothing too far away from now. Rie, (who would be setting this living arrangement up), has been alive for centuries by supernatural means, and is sort of nostalgic.
Any help would be very appreciated!