Re: [SCA-JML] Muromachi merchant class
- Noble Cousin!
Greetings from Solveig! The status of women generally eroded
after the Heian period, so it gets harder and harder to be
adventurous. You are, however, picking a good period. If you
must come into direct contact with Europeans in Europea there
are a several somewhat speculative approaches that could be
1) You could come from an impoverished family who sold you
either directly (less likely) or indirectly to the Portugese
or Spanish who then cruely transhipped you from Japan. (This
sort of thing actually did happen, although it is a bit more
likely with male slaves who we do know the Portugese employed
on their sailing vessels.)
2) A bit more adventuresome and rather speculative would be the
wife of one of the Japnaese adventurers who set out during
the late sixteenth century to seek their fortunes outside of
Japan. (One of them conquered one of the Indo-Chinese countries.)
3) Along the lines that you are seeking, you could possibly
accompany a trading expedition to China. (Although you would
be better advised to be peddling silver or gold which is what
the Chinese took in payment. You might also have reels of silk
fibre.) There were licensed Japanese trading vessels. However,
I do not recall any pictures of them showing female passengers.
4) There are those who believe that there was a Japanese contingent
in Neuvo-Espania (Mexico) during the late sixteenth century.
Further, there was an immediately post-period Japanese expedition
to Europe which crossed the Pacific to Mexico on a Jpaanese
(not a European) sailing ship. (The Japanese employed
Miura Anjin (Wm. Adams), &al to teach them European ship building
an navigation. There were a number of mixed crews under Japanese
command prior to the closure of Japan in the seventeenth century.
Now. If your family happens to be christian, there were at times
ample motivation not to return to Japan.
BEST ADVICE. Politely tell the people criticising you to bug off
as the Society DOES NOT require persona stories. Persona stories
ultimately become more than a bit tiresome anyway. Unless your
group is tightly themed, each and every one of them would
have trouble justifiying contact with the rest of them. I know
of no recorded instances of eleventh century normans dining
with sixteenth century english despite the norman conquest of
England in 1066.
Your Humble Servant