Portrait of William Adams
Adams and a group of nearly dead survivors finally made it to
Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu
Though not formally educated, his technical and geographic knowledge was substantial. And his ability with languages was to become a key factor in the subsequent history of
A couple of years after
It was an interesting book and it revealed an aspect of Japanese history that I had not read about yet, that of some of the first foreigners to visit Japan. One thing about the book, although it is a book about the life of William Adams in
The character Blackthorne in James' Clavell's book Shogun is based on William Adams. In August, the town of Shizuoka holds a festival celebrating the event when Adams and his fellow sailors arrived in Japan near Shizuoka.
All in all it was an interesting book though and I learned more about the eventual persecutions of the Christians in