Today, I’m going to take a break with a temporary Ayutthaya article through Bangkok that I had written up to the last time. Today’s topic is Japanese village in Ayutthaya. I went to a Japanese village where there are not many tourists in Ayutthaya as well as I went to a Japanese cemetery in Yangon as a minor tourist spot.
About Ayutthaya Japanese Village
The Japanese village was located in Korain County, Ayutthaya, and was originally a Japanese community that had earned a living from the local community. At the same time, the Japanese government allowed Japanese people to trade abroad, and many Japanese people came to Ayutthaya to trade.
Like other countries, the King of Thailand settled Japanese people outside the city center, so more Japanese people lived in Ayutthaya. The top of the Japanese was Nagamasa Yamada, who later took up the position of Oakya Saena Pimook as a government official and a gifted name and climbed to the governor of Nakhon Si Thammarat. As a result, Japan was one of the countries that played an important role for Ayutthaya.
Map and directions of Ayutthaya Japanese village
The Japanese village is located outside Ayuthaya’s Nakasu, so you need to use a bicycle or grab to go. I came by bicycle after Wat Chai Mongkol and Wat Panan Tune, but there was a local atmosphere along the way.
Continue along Route 3477 along the river and you will find NOP YAMADA. I thought that Mr. Yamada, a retired Japanese person, settled here and was doing it at a bike shop. However, it was when I passed through the gates of a Japanese village that I learned that the name Yamada was a very scary name for this area.
As soon as you pass NOP Yamada, you will see the gate of the Japanese village.
After passing through the gate, there is a Japanese village. Carp streamers also swim elegantly.
The fee is 50 baht for adults, 20 baht for ages 7-15, and free for children under 7 years. Pay here at the booth when you enter. The bicycle was parked next to this reception. On the back of the ticket there was a logo of a sponsoring company that would contribute to the maintenance of this facility.
Make a short break after paying the entrance fee. A vending machine and toilet are on the left. There are tables and chairs where you can smoke.
There are two museums in the Japanese village, but I first came to the museum near the entrance. The hall has a majestic atmosphere, and I thank the people who have respected the achievements of their predecessors and have left such facilities.
An overview of the Japanese town on the wall. A Japanese village is shown here at the entrance. I still don’t know which town or village is right. In the following, I used Japanese as a character.
The Japanese community in Ayutthaya seems to have existed in the reign of King Nashiswan. It was a group of small merchants who came on a Japanese ship. They built warehouses, bought goods, and waited for ships coming from Japan the following year. Japanese junk ships would come in late King Mahertan Malacha (1589 AD). Before that, Siam and Japan traded through the Ryukyu Kingdom. Current Okinawa. Ryukyu was in transit trade with Japan and China.
Siam is the former name of the present Kingdom of Thailand, which was called until the first half of the 20th century. I learned for the first time that Siam was trading with Japan through the Ryukyu Kingdom, and that Okinawa was quite connected to Thailand.
The Japanese town was on the southeast side of the Chao Phraya River outside the island. There was a Portuguese town on the other side, and an English town and a Dutch town across the northern canal.
At the height of the Ayutthaya-Japan trade, it is estimated that the population of the Japanese town was about 1000 to 1500. However, the head of the Japanese community had military power and intervened in the politics of the Ayutthaya court. He was relegated to Nakhon Si Thammarat lord (Chao Muang) in southern Thailand and ordered to flatten the rebellion of southern Thai countries. Later, King Prasat Thong dispatched troops and uprooted the Japanese town. However, the Japanese had left Ayutthaya in advance.
The stakes that come out of any era are hit.
The Japanese town continued to decline in population. This was because Japan was isolated in the early days of King Prasat Thong. Japan banned Christianity, banned foreign trade, and banned returning from overseas.
Ayutthaya Japanese were involved in the subsequent junk ship trade, but were limited to coastal trade.
I often hear that the history has changed if there is no isolated country, but there is no help for it.
This is also a map with the title “Suggested Route” on the wall. Green is Ayutthaya and Western countries, blue line is Ayutthaya and Java Malaya. You can see that Western countries are coming from far away. Also, whether the map is old or not, is a little different from the modern map.
Other items such as armor, clothes, and farm equipment used at that time are also on display.
[Diverse ethnic groups that lived in Ayutthaya]
According to the record of the French facility To La Loubert, who came to Ayutthaya during the time of King Narai, according to the story I heard, there were 40 different ethnic groups that migrated relying on the privilege of King Ayutthaya .
The idea of becoming a great king like the emperor was not only to rule every part, but also to have a rich and peaceful area where the king reigns. It attracted diverse ethnic groups and reflected in the enemies of the ethnic groups living under the patronage of the king.
Speaking of Ayutthaya’s social and economic situation, the land was abundant and the population was sparse. So the fastest way to increase the population was to forcibly bring enemy residents and accept them to move.
Japan will also be declining in population in the future, so it is always the immigration policy that covers it.
Ayutthaya, a peaceful and abundant geopolitical center of political power, grew up as a port city for maritime trade and became a major international trade center in the region. It also allowed foreigners with different faiths from religious discipline and trust to live together peacefully in Ayutthaya.
It can be imagined that the existence of Thailand, a great tourist country, accepting pagan people, is a generous national character.
This map, called “Iudea”, is the oldest and most beautiful map depicting Ayutthaya. This map depicts the time when various major places were gathered, islands surrounded by brick walls, mountains, rivers, houses in the distance, Buddhist orchids, magnificent royal palaces, brick paved roads, nets The details of the canal stretched out like the eyes of “Evening Venice” are shown.
This map was painted in 97×140 cm by Dutchman Durfit Fynborns in 1663 during the time of King Narai. It is speculated that the Dutch East India Company headquarters meeting room herenⅩⅤII (17 board members) was decorated. It is currently stored in the National Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
I forgot to take the essential map, so you can see the map from the link below.
Ayutthaya Historical Research Center Annex
There are two museums in the Japanese village, and one of them has a theater. When I entered the museum, I was asked, “Is it Japanese?” I think they are divided. I don’t think it’s going to change like the guide on Corregidor Island in Manila. . .
Origin of Tao Tone Keeper and “Tone” sweets
Tao Tonkeemer is an Ayutthaya. A mixed-breed child who draws blood from Portugal and Japan and is named Marie de Guimer Pinner. His father was a mixed race child of Japan and Portugal, and his mother was Japanese. Both worshiped the Christian Roman Catholics and emigrated to Ayutthaya to escape the repression of their faith. I lived in a Portuguese town opposite the Japanese town.
Tao Tone Keeper is known to Thais as the originator of “Tone” sweets such as “Tone Zip”, “Tone Yoto”, “Four Tone”.
In 1682, when Marie was 16 years old, he married the port minister of the reign of King Narai, Oakya Wichargen, or Constantine Folcon.
In 1688, the government was taken away and the monarch was replaced. Oakya Wichagegen was executed, and King Petracha became the new king. Mrs. Falcon was captured and jailed for two years.
In his later years, Mrs. Folcon served as a court chef under King Taisa’s reign, gained the rank of Tao Thongkeepmer and lived a better life.
In 1732, Tao Tonkeepmer finished his life at the age of 66.
* Tao Tonkeepmer is not the personal name but the official of the court chef. It is written in the rank table in the Sanin Code. There were three intermediate court cooks: Tao Tae Pak Pak Dee in charge of main dishes, Tao Tong Payot and Tao Thong Keepmer in charge of confectionery, and bureaucrats of Sack Dinner 400.
Japanese is difficult to understand, but a Japanese-Portuguese woman named Marie de Guimer Pinner introduced Portuguese sweets to Thailand, which spread to Thailand.
This Ayutthaya Japanese village has a donation book, just like a Japanese cemetery in Yangon. Of course, it goes without saying that you donated to the donation box next door.
A Buddha head that has been excavated in this Japanese village. This Ayutthaya Historical Research Center Annex basically had few exhibits and the main was like a theater.
Other outdoor cafes
This Japanese village is located right next to the river so that the red stamp ship from Japan can easily arrive. I think it was the first thing to do during the flood, was it okay?
At a place like a cafe on the premises, telling them to post on the blog and taking a commemorative photo with the clerk. There was a power supply here, so it can be charged. The air conditioner is also effective, so it is just right for a short break.
I put my hands on the statue of Nagamasa Yamada.
I bowed to the memorial and left the Japanese village.
On the way back to the hotel, there was an old building and a foreign cemetery near the Japanese village.
By the way, there was a Japanese village video on YouTube. The VR function of the smartphone used in the video is quite a new attempt. I did not try it, but it seems that it will be downloaded just by reading the QR code, so please try it when you go.