Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Himiko's Lands: Gateway To Wa

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Archaeological discoveries sometimes provide clues that lend weight to a particular argument, such as at Yoshinogari twenty years ago, but the nucleus of the third-century confederation of Wa remains elusive. Such finds strengthen the case for arguing that northern Kyushu was the centre of Yayoi political hegemony, but do not amount to evidence for Yamatai itself. After Chen Shou's Sanguozhi, it is not until the late fifth century that an extant Chinese chronicle hints at political developments on the islands of Wa. In the interim, there were clearly some significant changes, enabling the emergence of a line of powerful kings in the Kinai area. How the pattern of political control developed from the confederation of Wa in the third century to grow into the Yamato dynasty by the fifth is still largely concealed by the historical void often described as 'the mysterious fourth century' that followed the era of Himiko.

Keywords: archaeological discovery; Chen Shou; Himiko; islands of Wa; Kyushu; Sanguozhi; Yayoi political hegemony



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Kyushu: Gateway to Japan — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation