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  • Japanese: 市来 (ichiki)

Ichiki is a port-town in Kagoshima prefecture, which historically was a significant port for Satsuma han.

Located at the mouth of the Yafusa River, it was a significant port for trade with Korea, China, and the Ryukyu Islands. Numerous significant personages came through Ichiki at one time or another as well. Francis Xavier visited Ichiki castle at one time, and in 1575 when Shimazu Toshihisa departed for Kyoto, he departed from Ichiki. Konoe Sakihisa arrived at Ichiki the following year when coming to pay a formal visit to Kagoshima.

References

  • "Shiryôhen kaidai shiryô honkoku: Edo dachi ni tsuki oose watashi dome" 「史料編解題・史料翻刻「江戸立二付仰渡留」」, in Kamiya Nobuyuki 紙屋敦之 (ed.), Kinsei Nihon ni okeru gaikoku shisetsu to shakai hen'yô 3: taikun gaikô kaitai wo ou 『近世日本における外国使節と社会変容(3)-大君外交解体を追う-』, Tokyo: Waseda University (2009), p45-46n86.

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