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The Ryukyu KingdomCornerstone of East Asia$
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Mamoru Akamine and Robert Huey

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824855178

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824855178.001.0001

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The Gusuku Period

The Gusuku Period

Chapter:
(p.10) Chapter One The Gusuku Period
Source:
The Ryukyu Kingdom
Author(s):

Mamoru Akamine

, Lina Terrell, Robert Huey
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824855178.003.0002

This chapter looks at the Gusuku period (roughly the fifteenth century), when Ryukyu was divided into two cultural spheres – northern and southern. This period saw the rise of local fiefs, and increased trade between them and others in East Asia (Japan, China, Korea, etc.). The chapter describes how Song China developed an East Asian Trade sphere that encompassed all the surrounding countries, including the various fiefdoms in the Ryukyu Islands. The Ryukyus specialized in sulphur and mother-of-pearl, both in high demand in the region. As Japan ceased trading directly with China, Ryukyu became an important go-between.

Keywords:   gusuku, northern and southern Ryukyu, Gusuku Period earthenware, Chinese porcelain, sulphur, mother-of-pearl, Amami Islands and China, Song Dynasty and Ryukyu, East Asia trade sphere

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