Changing the Image of “Pirates”: The Refinement and Culture of the Murakami Kaizoku
During the Warring States period, the Murakami Kaizoku (Marine Force) was the largest shipping agent in Japan, and they used their influence to protect the sea in the Setouchi region. They were specialists of the sea who were responsible for overseeing maritime safety as well as trade and distribution. The story of the Murakami Kaizoku and their historical legacy is recognized as a Japan Heritage Site by the Agency for Cultural Affairs.
From historical records and artifacts, we know that the Murakami Kaizoku (Marine Force) had a taste for tea ceremony, calligraphy, and waka poetry. In this video, a curator of the Murakami Kaizoku Museum will talk about the high education and culture of the Murakami clan.