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Kitamae Ship's Journey
Kelp Road and Meiji Restoration
Osaka
Hyogo
Tokushima
Kagawa
Okayama
Hiroshima
Yamaguchi
Fukuoka
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Tottori
Hyogo
Kyoto
Fukui
Ishikawa
Toyama
Niigata
Yamagata
Akita
Aomori
Hokkaido
Kelp Road and Meiji Restoration
The Kitamae Ships sold kelp of Ezochi (Hokkaido) in the area along the Sea of Japan, Seto Inland Sea and Osaka. There was a trading route from Ezochi, Nagasaki to China. And another trading route was Satsuma (Kagoshima) to Qing (China) via Ryukyu (Okinawa). Those two routes together were called "Kelp Road".

The Satsuma and the Choshu Alliance played important roles for the Meiji Restoration. Shimonoseki of the Choshu Clan (Yamaguchi Pref.) greatly prospered by the Kitamae Ship trading. People called Choshu "Naniwa (Osaka) in west" also prospered.

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