The Samurai of the Sea: The Murakami Legacy
*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.
On Nii Oshima Island, birthplace of the Murakami Kaizoku, one home has a large collection of wooden amulets. Each represented a prayer for a safe voyage.
The challenging Kurushima Straits have an international shipping rule that is not used anywhere else.
Today, sea traffic controllers assist vessels in achieving safe passage. They play a role once carried out by the Murakami Kaizoku.