Li Yu

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  • Chinese: (Lǐ Yǔ)

Lǐ Yǔ was a Chinese merchant based in Hakata who enjoyed ties with several notable kenmon, including Tôdai-ji.

In 1196, he traveled to Ningbo to obtain a complete copy of the Buddhist canon to bring back to Tôdai-ji. In return for his service, he was granted land in Chikuzen province.


  • Richard von Glahn, "The Ningbo-Hakata Merchant Network and the Reorientation of East Asian Maritime Trade, 1150-1350," Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 74:2 (2014), 273-274.
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