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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 Imperial Investiture System and the Ryukyu Kingdom

The Imperial Investiture System and the Ryukyu Kingdom

(p.127) Chapter Seven The Imperial Investiture System and the Ryukyu Kingdom
The Ryukyu Kingdom

Mamoru Akamine

, Lina Terrell, Robert Huey
University of Hawai'i Press

When a new king took the throne, China sent an envoy to formally “invest” him with legitimacy as part of the Chinese trade and cultural sphere. This chapter describes the formal process involved with this investiture. The Chinese envoy ships also carried cargo, and intense trading followed the investiture ceremony, before the Chinese returned home. The chapter ends with a recapitulation of the diplomatic balancing act Ryukyu played, remaining a tributary nation of China, while being, in effect, a vassal of Satsuma and Japan.

Keywords:   investiture, crown of leather, robes of leather, royal seal, investiture envoys, “crown ships.”, Tenshikan, Investiture ceremony, Shuri Castle, Assessment negotiations, Ryukyu’s “Great Challenge” diplomacy

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