Medieval Hakata - Renga poet Sogi (Part 2)

Medieval Hakata - Renga poet Sogi (Part 2)

Medieval Hakata - Renga poet Sogi (Part 2)...Medieval Hakata in the Muromachi period was Japan's largest international trade city

 


- We have often mentioned that Hakata, facing the Genkai Sea, has been Japan's representative gateway to the East Asian continent since ancient times.

 


- However, among the long history of Hakata, the late medieval period (Muromachi period), when ships from the Tang Dynasty (China), Goryeo (Korea), and Nanban (southern countries) converged in Hakata, can be said to have been the largest international trading city in Japan, literally, with very brilliant and gorgeous activities.

 


- One of the reasons for this can be inferred from the amount of trade ceramics excavated. The amount of trade ceramics excavated in Hakata during this period is much higher than in other port cities, and the variety of excavated items is also diverse. From this point of view, we can see that Hakata had a much deeper relationship with Asia than other port towns in Japan, and that it was indeed a suitable environment for Japan's largest international trading port. /


中世博多-連歌師宗祇(その2)…室町時代の中世博多は日本最大の国際貿易都市

 


- 古来より玄界灘に面した博多は、東アジア大陸に開かれた日本の代表的な玄関口であったことは、これまでもしばしば触れてきました。

 


- しかし長い博多の歴史の中でも、大唐(中国)、高麗(朝鮮)、南蛮(南方の国々)の諸船が輻湊する中世後期(室町時代)の博多は、非常に輝かしく華やかな活動が展開された、文字通り日本最大の国際貿易都市であったといえます。

 


- その根拠のひとつは、貿易陶磁器の出土量からも類推できます。この時代の博多は他の港町から抜きんでて貿易陶磁器の出土量が多く、発掘品の種類も多様です。この点からしても、博多は国内の他の港町とは比較にならないほどアジアとの関係が深く、まさに日本最大の国際貿易港にふさわしい環境にあったことがわかります。