Medieval Hakata - The Genko and the Crisis of Hakata (Part 3)...The Mystery of the Genko's Defeat
-One of the biggest mysteries of the battle of Genko is whether or not there really was a "kamikaze". The debate is divided between those who believe that there were kamikazes, whether large or small, and those who believe that a typhoon could not have occurred on November 21 of the new calendar year during the Battle of Bunei.
-The battle of Koan fell on the day before the 210th day of the new calendar, and it is considered almost certain that a typhoon hit the area. Furthermore, since the Yuan were originally a cavalry tribe, they had no experience in fighting across the sea, and it is possible that there were various incidents such as people falling ill on board.
- In any case, what would have been the fate of medieval Hakata if the entire Yuan army had landed? It seems to be a certain fact that fortune was on the side of the city, which was on the verge of destruction. At the same time, however, there are still many mysteries to be solved, such as why Yuan's army stopped attacking for a while during the battle of Koan, and why it left Hakata Bay and stayed in a remote area called Takashima in northwestern Kyushu for about one month.
*The photo shows Takashima, where the Yuan army stayed. (Matsuura City, Nagasaki Prefecture) /