One of my niche interests as of late has been Ryukyu Kingdom coinage. I first heard of the Ryukyus when I watched the show Samurai Champloo in high school; one of the protagonists hailed from the Ryukyu Islands. The next time I encountered the Ryukyus was in the Imperial Academy in Beijing, which had special quarters for students from Ryukyu. As far as I’m aware, no other foreign country was allowed that privilege in the Imperial Academy, which piqued my interest. …


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