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Re: [SCA-JML] Muromachi merchant class

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  • Barbara Nostrand
    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,
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      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
      taken.

      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
      Solveig Throndardottir
      Amateur Scholar
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