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Introduction: Japanese-Portuguese Sixteenth-Century Encounter

  • Cristina Castel-Branco
  • Guida Carvalho
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Abstract

It may have only lasted a mere 100 years (1543–1639), but the Portuguese presence on a formerly unfamiliar archipelago of islands that we know as Japan was characterized by intense and lucrative trade, resonant cultural interchanges, and surprising ethnological cross-pollination. As deliverers of enticing goods and extraordinary information about the external world, the Portuguese who ventured well beyond European shores during the Age of Discovery, who opened the East seaway to the rest of the known world, were the first to establish themselves in the Land of the Rising Sun and, despite a relatively brief sojourn there, left an enduring mark still perceptible nowadays.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristina Castel-Branco
    • 1
  • Guida Carvalho
    • 2
  1. 1.Landscape Architecture Professor; Department of Natural Resources and Landscape, School of AgronomyUniversity of LisbonLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.ACB Landscape Architecture StudioLandscape Architect, MLA University of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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