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In this first major study of the region in English, the author examines the key themes of Kyushu’s history from earliest times – the cultural interaction with the continental mainland, settlement, location and infrastructure as well as trade and commerce, – arguing that it was the principal stepping-stone in terms of Japan’s cultural, social and economic advance through history up to the present day. Although an integral part of Japan, Kyushu is culturally distinct in that its location on the East China Sea has exposed the region to an unusually high degree of influence from overseas. There was diplomatic exchange between this island and China, for example, even before the political entity of Japan came into existence. Kyushu, in fact, has been the setting for many of the major cultural encounters in Japan’s history, from the introduction of Buddhism, Confucianism and Christianity to gunpowder, coffee and tea. The volume also includes a colour plate section containing 60 images which support the text and provide the reader/researcher with invaluable pictorial references to Kyushu’s history from earliest times to the present day.
The Cultural Worlds of Northern Kyushu
In Hakata: The Cultural Worlds of Northern Kyushu, experts in various fields have collaborated to produce an interdisciplinary collection offering diverse insights on a region yet to be fully addressed in English. A historic port situated in a strategically vital region as the closest point of contact with the Asian continent, Hakata has long served as a key hub in the transcultural networks linking Japan with the outside world.

This volume explores the rich legacy of these wider interactions, in particular the cosmopolitan, international dimension deeply embedded in Hakata's urban culture. With an identity all its own and quite distinct from other regions in Japan, it is a culture once again increasingly relevant in today's world of borderless communications.
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In today’s world characterized by freedom of movement and the uninhibited flow of ideas, there are unparalleled opportunities, not least in a scholarly context, to explore the rich diversity of East Asia. Essential to maximising such possibilities is an in-depth understanding of the trans-cultural networks that have shaped this region’s past. These networks have impacted on all levels of human activity, from language, travel, trade and religion to technology, medicine and art.
Much of this activity has until recently been masked by state-imposed borders and ideologies, but now a transnational perspective can help to bring into view the seminal roles played by key urban centres and hinterlands as hubs of such wider cultural networks - revealing their features, commonalities and new layers of contested meaning.
This series begins with a spotlight on the ancient port of Hakata (present-day Fukuoka), located on the edge of Japan, but once a centre of maritime trade in East Asia. The aim, therefore, is to create a platform to demonstrate how cultures and identities across East Asia have evolved and interacted over time, challenging many of the assumptions that have conditioned and confined our outlook and understanding in the past.

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