Early Modern Hakata and the Twin Cities (Part 4)...The Birth of the Twin Cities (Second Half)
- Crossing the Nishinakajima Bridge over the Naka River to the east of the castle town, one comes to the Masugatamon Gate, and from here on the castle side was called the Fukuokabu (Fukuoka area), as previously mentioned. Fukuoka was located across the Naka River from Hakata, the commercial capital of Japan, which lay beyond. Thus, in the castle town of Kuroda 520,000 goku, the twin cities of Fukuoka and Hakata were born.
- Hakata, which had flourished as a window for Japan's international trade since ancient times, and Fukuoka, a castle town that had just been established after Kuroda Nagamasa's entering the country, would prosper together as one of the castle towns of the Fukuoka domain during the Edo period (1603-1868). In the beginning, however, there was an underlying conflict between Hakata, a town of townspeople with a long tradition, and Fukuoka, a castle town of newly emerged samurai.
- The biggest challenge for Kuroda after his entry into Chikuzen was to bring the Hakata townspeople under his control as quickly and completely as possible. However, the townspeople of Hakata had a strong sense of pride in their status as the " merchants of the land" under Hideyoshi. To the proud Hakata merchants, Kuroda was just a newcomer, a country samurai. This is why the twin cities of Fukuoka and Hakata had such conflicts.
*The photo shows a statue of Bori Tahei, a vassal of Kuroda Nagamasa. /