• Pirates of Japan:
    Kaizoku and Maritime Traffic on the Seto Inland Sea

    SPF Community Conversation Series 25 February, 15:30 (Iwakuni)

    Graphic of the Iwakuni Kaizoku event flyer

    YCAPS, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation, and PLAT ABC are thrilled to announce our next event in Iwakuni.


    Come join us for a presentation on the history of pirates in Japan, with a focus on the nearby Seto Inland Sea. The role and character of pirates differ across regions and eras through history. Although “kaizoku” is often translated to “pirates” in English, pirates and kaizoku are not the same. Like samurai and ninja, kaizoku have a uniquely Japanese history. Mr. Ken Tanaka will teach you about local Japanese history through kaizoku and spread the love of kaizoku around the world.


    Families/kids are welcome. We will have a side area for the kids with fun activities provided by the kind staff at PLAT ABC. There will also be free food and refreshments provided.


    Please use this link to register for the event.



    •  3:30-4:30 pm - Coffee, Tea, and Food- Please feel free to show up at any time during this period for refreshments and conversation.
    •  4:30-5:45 pm - Presentation and Q&A




    Ken Tanaka is the curator of the Imabari Murakami Kaizoku Museum on Oshima, an island along the Shimanami Kaido road. Mr. Tanaka has been engaged with work around the Murakami Kaizoku for over 15 years, having been deeply involved in the museum since its construction and opening in 2004. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ehime University and is considered the foremost expert on the Murakami clan of kaizoku, which was active in the Seto Inland Sea between the Japanese mainland and Shikoku beginning in the 14 th century.


    Event Cost: Free of charge

    Location: PLAT ABC Eigokoryu Center
    〒740-0012 Yamaguchi, Iwakuni, Motomachi, 1 Chome−1−1 レジデンス岩国駅東 1F

    Moderator: Jeff Mazziotta

    Registration: Required via this link.