By Stephen Turnbull
A super yet little-known operation, the Shimazu extended family raid at the self sustaining nation of Ryukyu (modern Okinawa) in 1609 is without doubt one of the so much striking episodes in samurai background and the end result of centuries of contention among the 2 powers. The defeat of the Shimazu at Sekigahara in 1600, and their have to win favour with the recent Shogun, led them to hatch an audacious plot to assault the islands at the Shogun’s behalf and convey again the king of Ryukyu as a hostage. Stephen Turnbull provides a blow-by-blow account of the operation, from the bold Shimazu amphibious touchdown, to their quick boost overland, and the tactical feigned retreat that observed the Shimazu defeat the Okinawan military and kidnap their king in fabulous model. With an in depth historical past and specifically commissioned paintings, the scene is determined for a dramatic retelling of this interesting raid. DEPOSITили
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We are standing at the west side of Shuri were the first line of defence is the Shureimon, a ceremonial gate made of wood, defended against the Shimazu by a simple In past times we would dance with joy at the glory of the flowers of the summer, but in this present year of Keicho- they have been transformed into the grass of autumn. Those who are born are certain to perish. Happiness has ended and sorrow has come like a farewell note from ancient times. At this moment in time, while we are being besieged in our homes as if we were in prison, and the women and children of our families have run to the four points of the compass trying to escape, on mountain and field the number of bodies is increasing.
The events are recorded by Kyan in his diary: The Raid When they heard that warships had arrived at Nakijin on the 16th day there was pandemonium throughout the whole country; with household goods being carried out to the four points of the compass; such things that I have never heard of happening before … from Naha, Tomari, Wakasacho-, Kumemura and Izumizaki, various possessions were loaded on to horses or piled on to carts and blocked the roads. A multitude both high and low were in a state of chaos.
On and finally pacifies Amami-Oshima on 3m 22d (26 April), they went into 20 April. the mountains on a manhunt to 3 Fierce resistance is encountered on TANEGASHIMA Tokunoshima on 24 April. seek out and kill the defenders who KUCHINOERABUJ IMA YAKUSHIMA had regrouped there. Here the 4 The island of Okinoerabujima surrenders when the rising tide Shimazu encountered Ryu-kyu-ans allowed the Satsuma force to land on under the command of the son-in28 April. law of Jana Teido. Between 200 5 The Shimazu enter the waters off Unten and 300 Ryu-kyu-an soldiers died in harbour and land on Kourijima and a small island off Okinawa on 29 April.