The city of Sakai has revived like a phoenix after being destroyed during WW2. In the Middle Ages, Jesuit missionaries said Sakai was like Venice in Italy. So we use the word “Fenice,” which means “phoenix” in Italian.
Teysera and Ortelius’ “Map of Japan” (1595) is the first single map of Japan printed in Europe by Jesuit missionaries in the Middle Ages. In it, “Sakai” was spelled SACAY.
In the map, the only non-country names written on the main Japanese island of Honshu were SACAY and MEAKO, which meant “miyako” or “capital” in Japanese.This shows that Sakai prospered greatly as a free and self-governing city and as an international trade port.