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Satsumasendai

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  • Other Names: 川内 (Sendai)
  • Japanese: 薩摩川内 (Satsuma sendai)

Satsumasendai, also known simply as Sendai, is a city in Kagoshima prefecture, and was historically a major port for Satsuma han.

Satsumasendai, located on the west coast of the Satsuma peninsula, was one of Satsuma's main ports for trade in Chinese goods, for receiving products such as sugar from the Amami Islands, and for sending out Satsuma products such as ceramics and tax rice, to be sent to the domain's warehouses in Osaka. Due to its connections to the China trade, Sendai was also one of a handful of cities in Satsuma domain where Chinese-language interpreters were regularly stationed.[1]

In the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Satsumasendai became the focus of considerable protest, as Kagoshima residents sought to block the restarting of a nuclear reactor based in the city. They were ultimately unsuccessful.

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), p45n85.
  1. Ono Masako, Tomita Chinatsu, Kanna Keiko, Taguchi Megumi, "Shiryô shôkai Kishi Akimasa bunko Satsuyû kikô," Shiryôhenshûshitsu kiyô 31 (2006), 244.

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