Nakasendô

Nakasendô

Nakasendô 中山道
The central中 mountain山 route 道
Also named the Kisokaidō 木曾街道
One of the five roads during the Edo Period
Connecting Edo to Kyoto

Magome-juku 馬籠宿
forty-third of the sixty-nine stations
Birthplace of the author Shimazaki Tōson島崎 藤村

Nakahama John Manjirô

Nakahama John Manjirô

Nakahama John Manjirō 中濱 万次郎 ( 1827 –1898)
A simple fisherman of Naka-no-hama
Rescued with four friends by an American whaleship in 1841
The first Japanese person to visit the United States

After studying English and navigation
He took the risk to get back to Japan
During the Sakoku 鎖国 "closed country, period of isolation

Reaching Okinawa on February 1851
And after being taken into a short custody
He was eventually summoned to Edo in 1853

Made a hatamoto 旗本
A samurai serving the shōgun
He soon became a famous translator in the next Meiji Era

Dejima

Dejima

Dejima 出島 - The "exit island" - An artificial island established in Nagasaki in 1634 and used as a trading post by the Dutch until 1853.


Dejima

Dejima 出島 - "L'île de la sortie" - Île artificielle établie à Nagasaki en 1634 et utilisée comme poste de commerce par les Hollandais jusqu'en 1853.

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