Medieval Hakata - Japan-Ming trade (the tally trade) (Part 3)

Medieval Hakata - Japan-Ming trade (the tally trade) (Part 3)

Medieval Hakata - Japan-Ming trade (the tally trade) (Part 3)...Kamiya Jutei and Iwami Ginzan

 


- The Ouchi clan's rule over Hakata brought a certain stability to the city in the Middle Ages. Another important factor for the development of medieval Hakata as a city was the stability (war-free Hakata) and tolerance (interference-free Hakata) of the Ouchi clan's rule.

 


- It was during this period that Kamiya Jutei (grandfather of Kamiya Sotan, one of the three great merchants of Hakata) of the Kamiya family, known as the wealthy merchants of Hakata, was flourishing. Jutei is known as the person who discovered the Iwami silver mine in Izumo.


- In 1526, while sailing off the coast of Iwami on his way to Izumo, Jutei happened to see a shining mountain to the south. When Jutei heard from the locals that it was a silver mine, he immediately developed a mine and transported a large amount of silver to Hakata, earning a large profit. /



中世博多-勘合貿易(その3)…神屋寿禎と石見銀山

 


- 大内氏による博多支配は中世博多に一定の安定をもたらしました。中世博多の都市としての発展にはもうひとつの要素、すなわち大内氏支配の安定性(戦禍のない博多)と寛容性(干渉されない博多)があったことも重要です。

 


- 博多の豪商として知られる神屋一族の神屋寿禎(博多三傑の一人として有名な神屋宗湛の祖父)が活躍したのも、ちょうどその時期のことです。寿禎は出雲の石見銀山を発見した人物として知られています。

 


- 1526年、寿禎は偶然にも出雲に向かって石見沖を航行中、南方に光る山を発見します。土地の者からそこが銀山であることを聞いた寿禎は、さっそく鉱山を開発して大量の銀を博多に運び、大きな利益を得たということです。