The samurai and the merchant

made with nik filters summer vacation 2014

The day I arrived in Nagasaki the sky was overcast and it rained intermittently throughout the day. My first stop was the temple Sofukuji, then off to Glover House, nearby Chinatown, and finally Dejima, the remains of the only trading port open to Western people during the Edo Era.

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Today, Dejima is kind of like an ongoing Renaissance faire, only with samurai and merchants trying to keep character despite obligatory photos with iTech and digital cameras. The city of Nagasaki has unearthed, restored or rebuilt the original structures (excavation work is ongoing). Inside these buildings are exhibits explaining how trade enriched — or changed — the people and living standards, along with personal anecdotes from texts written during the era. The whole is really entertaining.

inori, used for brewing tea and cooking

Inori, used for brewing tea and cooking.

water and ladle drawn from a local well

cistern and ladle with water drawn from a local well

Largely vegetarian, Edo era Japanese needed to make concessions for their foreign guests

Largely vegetarian, Edo era Japanese needed to make concessions for their foreign guests

Business was carried out with an abacus and green tea

Business was carried out with an abacus and green tea

Bonsai

Bonsai: The power and potential of a great pine contained.

It's hard to wield a sword when you're smiling

It’s hard to wield a sword when you’re smiling

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Kitchen details in a port town during the Edo Era.

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The merchant would sit behind his abacus and ink and discuss the terms of trade with the captains from ships who were allowed into Japan at the time.

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10 Comments on “The samurai and the merchant

  1. Pingback: Self-Possession in a Garden of Delight | Made by you and I

  2. Are you into anime? Cartoon anime, I mean? There is one I want to recommend you watch. “Samurai Champloo”. Your history lessons bring the real history, wonderfully reflected in the cartoon, come to real life for me.

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    • You mean this one? I just added it to my torrent queue.

      I do watch annime — it’s everywhere. One I like is One Piece. It’s been on going for 15 years. An older one I enjoy is Gegege no Kitaro. It’s more for kids but, hey, if you enjoy it. 🙂

      Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll start to watch it soon.

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  3. Steven, these images are eye-catching tales. Soaking up the history – and that lovely man – holds the viewer’s attention. The kitchen is clean and efficient, obviously serves many from sunup to sundown. I love the placement of ordinary things.

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