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scohen0300
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2020 7:31 pm    Post subject: Question about Ryukyu and Okinawa/Samurai Champloo Reply with quote

Alright, if youíve seen the anime show Samurai Champloo, you might know what Iím talking about! Iím pretty sure this takes place in the Edo period.

Thereís a scene where one of the main characters, Mugen, is fighting a samurai somewhere in Japan. At one point Mugen says ďI come from Ryukyu.Ē And then the samurai freaks out in fear.

So, if this wasnít just something in the show...

Why would someone from mainland Japan be intimidated by someone from Ryukyu? What was so beastly about the islands? I know Okinawa was a part of Ryukyu, and thatís where karate came from - but thatís all I can figure.

Any thoughts or ideas?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have never seen this show, but I do study Japanese history, specifically military history. From my opinion, this is strictly fiction made for the show. The Ryukyu Kingdom was never a threat to Japan nor were they considered individual threats to samurai. When the Shimazu Clan invaded Okinawa in 1609, they easily defeated Ryukyuan forces.

Obviously, karate was imported from Okinawa with Gichin Funakoshi in the twentieth century, and Japan thoroughly embraced that style of martial arts. However, what you describe in the show I believe is anachronistic, portraying thoughts of today to yesteryear.

Just my 2 cents.
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