Gateway to Japan: Hakata in War And Peace, 500-1300

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University of Hawaii Press, 2006 - History - 183 pages
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A thousand years ago, most visitors to Japan would have arrived by ship at Hakata Bay, the one and only authorized gateway to Japan. Hakata was the location of the Korokan, an official guest-house for foreign visitors that is currently yielding its secrets to the spades of Japanese archaeologists. Nearby was Dazaifu, the imperial capital of western Japan, surrounded by mountain fortresses and defended by an army of border guards. Over the ages, Hakata was a staging ground for Japanese troops on their way to Korea and ground zero for foreign invasions of Japan. Through the port passed a rich variety of diplomats, immigrants, raiders, and traders, both Japanese and foreign.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
WAR
11
DIPLOMACY
50
PIRACY
81
TRADE
105
MEDIEVAL HAKATA
124
Notes
141
Works Cited
163
Index
177
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Bruce L. Batten is professor of Japanese history and director of the Center for International Studies at Obirin University in Tokyo

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