Japanese Pirates in the Late Medieval and Early Modern East Asia.

In the Japanese language `kaizoku` is the word for pirate but if you ask a Japanese what their image of kaizoku is, they will give an image of a European pirate, or Captain Jack Sparrow, hahaha. In Japan, Murakami pirates, who ruled the Japanese inland sea region in the 16th century are a different breed… Read More Japanese Pirates in the Late Medieval and Early Modern East Asia.

Iwaya castle ruins-Shimazu and Toyotomi samurai battles. Fukuoka, Kyushu.

Iwaya castle ruins sits within Onojo fortress ruins.  Onojo fortress dates back to the 7th century making it probably the oldest fortification in Japan.  Iwaya castle dates back to the 16th century.  Finding information about Iwaya castle has been virtually impossible.  I searched both Japanese and English.  However, I must say on thing that really… Read More Iwaya castle ruins-Shimazu and Toyotomi samurai battles. Fukuoka, Kyushu.