Sakai which was called 'the Venice of the East.'


The starting point of this essay is that Sakai, a representative example of the free cities in the medieval
period, was rated by missionaries in some surviving accounts as ‘the Venice of the East; ‘ and continued
its autonomy until it was later forced to capitulate to Nobunaga ODA. Firstly, show the
general history and systems of Venice, and find some common points to Sakai. The
points would be administrative system, cultural aspects, geographical advantages, and trading
system, etc.