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During the excavations of the site where the goshuden palace of Hachõji castle stood, an astonishing find was made. Pieces of a Venetian jug were uncovered among the debris of Chinese, Korean and local Japanese lacquerware.
Venetian glassware has only been found in three other sites throughout Japan and would have been extremely hard to come by not to mention expensive. It goes to show how powerful the Hõjõ clan had become. 

During the excavations of the site where the goshuden palace of Hachõji castle stood, an astonishing find was made. Pieces of a Venetian jug were uncovered among the debris of Chinese, Korean and local Japanese lacquerware.

Venetian glassware has only been found in three other sites throughout Japan and would have been extremely hard to come by not to mention expensive. It goes to show how powerful the Hõjõ clan had become. 

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