The Samurai of the Sea: The Murakami Legacy

Japanology Plus

28m 00s
Broadcast on December 15, 2022 Available until March 31, 2025

*First broadcast on December 15, 2022.
Around 500 years ago, sea traffic in the Seto Inland Sea was monitored and controlled by a group called the "Murakami Kaizoku." The word "kaizoku" translates to "pirates," but these seafarers weren't thieves; they actually helped to keep the area safe. In the second of two episodes about the Murakami Kaizoku, we go to the clan's island birthplace and visit a home that has many related historical artifacts. We also learn how the story of the Murakami Kaizoku is being told in fiction and drama.

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