Внешние связи Японии с Китаем и Кореей в эпоху Муромати
The article describes main stages and characteristics of Japanese-Korean and Japanese-Chinese relations in the Muromachi age. From an international relations perspective, it is an extremely important period - six centuries later, the formal relations with China (Ming) and Korea (Choson) were reestablished, East Asia in general experienced an explosive growth of international trade. In the early Muromachi period Japan maintained overseas relations only with Ryukyu. Despite the sincere desire of the Ashikaga shoguns to reestablish formal relations with China (Ming) and Korea (Choson), it happened only at the beginning of the 15th century. The article deals with the main reasons why the restoration process turned up to be so long and complicated. Japan-Ming and Japan-Choson relations had both similarities and their own characteristics. There were also dramatic turns in both Japanese-Chinese and Japanese-Korean relations: breaks in relations and even a military invasion of the Tsushima Island by Korean fleet in 1419.
In Russian historiography, this topic is almost not developed, and therefore at this stage it seems important to characterize the key events and features of the Japanese interaction with the outside world on the example of its main partners - China and Korea. Meanwhile, a number of features of Japan's interaction with the outside world during the Tokugawa period are rooted in the Muromachi period or inherit common East Asian cultural patterns.