The 13th GJS LectureThe Nanban Sweets and the Trade -from the view of global history-

Date and time: July 7, 2016 (Thur.), 4:00-5:30PM
Venue: 1st Meeting Room (3rd Floor), The Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo
Speaker: OKA Mihoko(Assistant Professor, Historiographical Institute of The University of Tokyo)
Language: English

Abstract: The primary momentum for the nanban trade was the need for importing military matériel in the Age of Civil Wars. Japanese history merged with the great trends of world history, probably leading to many social changes. In this period, Japan and Southeast Asia were linked by many routes through many intermediaries, and the trade between Macao and Japan by Portuguese was probably one of them.
The opening of the port of Nagasaki provided the opportunity for linking Japan with the world beyond Southeast Asia, and the imprints of the activities of those traders deeply remain in modern Japan in the form of nanban culture, with resonances in food, clothing, art, and so on. In this conference, I will focus on especially nanban sweets like kasutera cake and their history, as representative goods born in mixed cultures of Nagasaki .

Organizer: The Global Japan Studies Network (GJS)
Co-organizer: Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo
Contact: gjs[at]