• The stage where Murakami pirates played an active role in the Seto Inland Sea
  • Model of the ship used by the Murakami pirates
  • Murakami pirate warlords coming out of Innoshima Suigun Castle
  • The stage where Murakami pirates played an active role in the Seto Inland Sea
  • Model of the ship used by the Murakami pirates
  • Murakami pirate warlords coming out of Innoshima Suigun Castle

In the Seto Inland Sea, there are many islands scattered around, and the “Murakami pirates” were active in the Geiyo Islands where the current swirled. It is said that they dominated key points of maritime traffic and lived a cultural life. What is the real appearance of Murakami pirates, different from the “pirates” we imagine?!

Were you keeping the ocean safe?

Seto Inland Sea seen from Innoshima Park

Active as a maritime guard!

“Murakami Sacrifice” was active on the islands of the Seto Inland Sea. That subsistence was far from the word “pirate”. It was a group that protected the safety of the sea by setting up checkpoints at important points on the sea and dispatching water guides and maritime guards. It was once called the “sea lord”, and the unique sea castle still remains today. Particularly famous is Nojima Castle, which was the stage of “Murakami Pirate’s Girl,” which was the first place in the 2014 Bookstore Grand Prize. The area around the Shimanami Kaido is dotted with places related to Murakami pirates, so be sure to visit if you are interested.

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“Geiyo Islands, the home of “Japan’s greatest pirates” -Memories of Murakami KAIZOKU, reviving Murakami KAIZOKU-” has been certified as a Japan Heritage (Japan Heritage).

Was it a good fighting group?

Armor and haori worn by Murakami pirates (Murakami Suigun Museum)
The bronze statue of the Innoshima Village Shanghai pirates erected in Innoshima Park
Portrait of Yoshimitsu Murakami, the sixth head of the Innoshima Murakami family (Innoshima Suigun Castle)

Demonstrating outstanding power in naval warfare

In the Sengoku period, there were three Murakami families based on the three islands of Innoshima, Noshima, and Kurushima. He demonstrated outstanding abilities in battles at sea and transporting provisions, etc., and expanded his power by joining hands with influential daimyo (Japanese feudal lords). He is famous for his success in the “First Battle of Kizugawaguchi,” which won the convoy of Nobunaga Oda in 1576. It is said that the superior way of fighting Murakami pirates was transmitted as the naval warfare book “Murakami Boat Battle Law,” and was referred to by Masayuki Akiyama, the main character of Shiba Ryotaro’s novel “Clouds on the Hill” during the Battle of the Sea of Japan.

Were you a cultural person with a literary culture?

Horaku dance in Mukuura

A side of a cultured person who is surprisingly unknown

Murakami pirates have an aspect as a “cultural person” with a high level of education. As proof of this, it is said that he dedicated “Horaku Renga (Horaku Renga)” that composed his own thoughts to the venerable “Oyamazumi Shrine,” known as the total guardian of Japan, and prayed for military luck. Even now, in Innoshima, the “Mukuura no Horaku Dance,” which was danced to pray for victory when the navy departs, is still being handed down.

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