Abstract

The sources detailing the history of Ryukyu between 1372 and 1609 pay great attention to links with China. Ties to Japan, by contrast, have either gone unrecorded or else the documents describing them have been lost. The aim of this essay is to redress the balance by drawing on scattered Korean and Japanese records to demonstrate that Japan both exerted an important cultural and economic influence on Ryukyu and dominated the northward leg of Ryukyu's foreign trade.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1549-4721
Print ISSN
0095-6848
Pages
pp. 367-392
Launched on MUSE
2006-07-13
Open Access
No
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