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  • Japanese: 苗城川 (Naeshirogawa)

Naeshirogawa is a village in Higashi-ichirai, Hioki district, Kagoshima prefecture, which in the Edo period was home to a community of potters descended from some 70[1] Korean ceramics experts forcibly taken from Korea to Japan during Toyotomi Hideyoshi's invasions of Korea in the 1590s.

The community soon established their own shrine, called Gyokusan Shrine, where Korean-style worship and rituals could take place.[2]

The village still retained this special character as late as the 1780s, when Tachibana Nankei visited and discussed the village in his diaries.

References

  • Kurushima Hiroshi, et al., Satsuma Chôsen tôkô mura no yonhyaku nen, Iwanami Shoten (2014), v.
  • Herbert Plutschow, A Reader in Edo Period Travel. Global Oriental, 2006. pp75-88.
  1. Ono Masako, Tomita Chinatsu, Kanna Keiko, Taguchi Megumi, "Shiryô shôkai Kishi Akimasa bunko Satsuyû kikô," Shiryôhenshûshitsu kiyô 31 (2006), 227.
  2. Gallery labels, Shôkoshûseikan, Kagoshima.
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