Rare Ryukyu Documents

From Ryukyu Shimpo:

Chinese classic documents from the Ryukyu Kingdom era published” (4/1/14): The curator of the Uruma City Library Atsushi Enokawa, who took part in the project, said, “We took 20 years to research documents lost during the Battle of Okinawa, and we confirmed that various institutions had preserved a total of 600 documents. Many documents flowed out to the main islands of Japan during the pre-war period. It is important for researchers to read these documents at once.”

Okinawan ‘treasures’ put on the Internet” (7/3/11): In order to make “treasures” of Okinawa more widely known to the public, the Okinawa Prefectural Library has digitalized 610 valuable works from the past such as ancient maps, documents and pictorial diagrams, all of which the library owns, and has started to put them on the Internet. Those works are collected together in a section called the “Digital library for valuable works.” …For the official website for “Digital library for valuable works,” access http://archive.library.pref.okinawa.jp/

Letters and lists of gift items sent by Ryukyu Kings to the Edo government recommended for inclusion in Important Cultural Properties of Japan” (3/20/14): The documents include 21 letters the Ryukyu Kings such as Shotei, Shoeki and Shokei sent to the Edo government from the late 1600s to the early 1700s. These also include two lists of gift items the missions of the Ryukyu Kingodom presented to the Edo government. The Ryukyu Kingdom sent missions celebrating the appointment of the Tokugawa Shoguns and reporting the enthronement of the Ryukyu Kings to the Edo government.

Some of Okinawan seen as spies in the Japanese Imperial Army documents during the Battle of Okinawa” (6/16/14): Yoshihama introduced the Japanese Imperial Army documents, in which they suspected some of the Okinawan residents who fled from the Nakagami district, and asked about the location of shelters and troops, as spies for the U.S. military. He said, “The residents who fled from Ginowan and Kitanakagusuku testified that the Japanese Imperial Army suspected them as spies. I did not know why the army did so until I read their documents.”

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