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06 - The Samurai - Capture a King Okinawa 1609

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 THE SAMURAICAPTURE A KING
Okinawa 1609
STEPHEN TURNBULL
 
First published in 2009 by Osprey PublishingMidland House,WestWay, Botley, Oxford OX2 0PH, UK 443 Park Avenue South, NewYork, NY 10016, USAE-mail: info@ospreypublishing.com© 2009 Osprey Publishing LimitedAll rights reserved. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of privatestudy, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright,Designs and Patents Act, 1988, no part of this publication may bereproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or byany means, electronic, electrical, chemical, mechanical, optical,photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permissionof the copyright owner. Enquiries should be addressed to the Publishers.Print ISBN: 978 1 84603 442 8PDF e-book ISBN: 978 1 84908 131 3Page layout by: Bounford.com, Cambridge, UK Index by Peter Finn Typeset in SabonMaps by Bounford.comOriginated by PPS Grasmere Ltd, Leeds, UK Printed in China throughWorldprint09 10 11 12 13 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1A CIP catalog record for this book is available from the British Library
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ARTIST’S NOTE
Readers may care to note that the original paintings from which thecolour plates of the figures, the ships and the battlescene in this book were prepared are available for private sale. All reproduction copyrightwhatsoever is retained by the Publishers. All enquiries should beaddressed to:Scorpio Gallery, PO Box 475, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2SL, UK  The Publishers regret that they can enter into no correspondence uponthis matter.
AUTHOR’S DEDICATION
 To my two good friends and fellow scholars, Anthony Jenkins andTillWeber, without whose knowledge and support this book could not havebeen written.
AUTHOR’S ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
I began working on this book in 2006, while attending the University of the Ryūkyūs as aVisiting Scholar. I was able to continue my researchwhen I returned to Okinawa for a short period in 2008 (during my tenureasVisiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Akita International University).On this occasion, I retraced the course of the Okinawa raid by ship fromKagoshima via Amami-Oshima, landing on the Motobu peninsula innorthern Okinawa where the Shimazu established their beachhead, andthen travelled down the island to Shuri just as the Shimazu army haddone. As a result of the two visits I was able to explore locationsassociated with the operation, including Naha Harbour, Shuri palace andthe ancient Okinawan
gusuku
, sites from which resistance had beenmounted against the invaders. However, the most important researchmaterials I collected could only have been obtained through the kindnessof several people who led me to the extensive, but very obscure, writtenprimary sources. Here I thank in particular Professor Anthony Jenkins andProfessorTillWeber of the University of the Ryūkyūs, together with thestaff of Okinawa Prefectural Library, Okinawa Prefectural Museum andKagoshima Prefectural Library. I was helped enormously in following upthese leads, particularly in my search for illustrations, by Maiko Nishida of Akita International University, whose bibliographic skills led me to booksthat had long been forgotten.These included the only survivingcomplete set of 
EhonRyūkyūGunki 
in Nara Prefectural Library, which I waskindly allowed to photograph. Some of the pictures appear here in amodern printed book for the first time.
EDITOR’S NOTE
A full glossary to the Japanese terms used in this book can be found onpages 60–61.Dates of days and months are given first in the lunar calendar, thenaccording to the Gregorian calendar.Unless indicated otherwise, all the photographs in this volume are fromthe author’s own collection.
NAMING CONVENTIONS
Japanese names are written with the family name first. In the case of names of islands, the suffixes -
shima
, -
 jima
and -
, all of which mean‘island’, have been retained within the romanised names for clarity, as hasthe suffix -
mon
, meaning‘gateway’.FOR A CATALOGUE OF ALL BOOKS PUBLISHED BY OSPREY MILITARYAND AVIATION PLEASE CONTACT:Osprey Direct, c/o Random House Distribution Center,400 Hahn Road,Westminster, MD 21157Email: uscustomerservice@ospreypublishing.comOsprey Direct,The Book Service Ltd, Distribution Centre,Colchester Road, Frating Green, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DWE-mail: customerservice@ospreypublishing.com
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