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The year was 1841. Japan was still the closed country it had been for two centuries by order of the feudal Tokugawa Shogunate; for a Japanese to go abroad, or return from abroad, were capital offenses. The arrival of U.S. Commodore Matthew C. Perry's four black-hulled steamships in Edo Bay -- and the regime change they would soon usher in -- was still more than a dozen years ahead.

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John Manjiro in 1880, at age 53

In January of that year, around the same time as young Herman Melville sailed from Fairhaven, Massachusetts, as a greenhorn aboard the whaling ship Acushnet, three fishermen and two teenage boys from Tosa (present-day Kochi Prefecture in Shikoku) were shipwrecked far out in the Pacific. It was their good fortune, however, to make it by dinghy to a small volcanic island 600 km south of Edo called St. Peter's (aka Hurricane Island or Torishima Island). There, several months later, they were rescued by the John Howland, an American whaling ship from New Bedford, Mass., across the Acushnet River from Fairhaven, under the command of one William H. Whitfield.

Among the five Japanese, the youngest was a 14-year-old from the village of Nakanohama. After the whaler docked in Hawaii and disembarked the castaways in Oahu, it fell to this boy -- called Manjiro -- to become the first Japanese ever known to visit the United States.

Japan Times
 
HE DIDN"T BY ANY CHANCE WRITE A BOOK ABOUT...

his adventure?? That sounds like an amazing story.

Frank

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I live near where Mr. Manjiro is from. Here is a picture of an alphabet he wrote in the John Mung (as he was known in the US) Museum in Ashizuri Mizaki.

When Manjiro came back to Japan he was a key figure in the new regime, since so few people had had as much contact with the west as he.
 
does that broze staue look like carrying rule and compass??? not?? just a rumor then....
http://www.city.tosashimizu.kochi.jp/john/john-03.htm

says while official journals of chief mates of that ship, john howland that steered the island are never-allowed-to-be-loaned out of the house to this day, a journal of a crew, lyman holmes, then 18 years old, recorded in oct 31 1839 through may 8 1843 was priced 5m yen in 2001 at secondhand booksellers exibition....
小川図書 セット・コレクション販売品リスト ogawa used book store, kanda, tokyo

heres a jpn politician who set up manjiro-whitfield memorial grassroots foundation in 1992.
http://www.ozawa-ichiro.jp/john-man/
http://members.jcom.home.ne.jp/info-koasa/map/genki.html just a store
 
wow, some pictures, in magazines, clearly show those in the left hand are rule and compass. the bronze was erected in 1968 by the local lions club members.... there is a letter dated jun 8 1933 from us pres franklin delano roosevelt to his 1st son nakahama toichiro in tokyo, also a close neighbor to us ambassador grew whose wifes grandpa was commodore perry. the elite delano family were kind of famous, werent they, for as a tycoon through opium trade in china and us railways.... the official 1st jpn member of masonry is baron, philosopher amane nishi, who is a cousin of novelist ougai mori, then a student of manjiros edo private school, in leiden, holland.
 
John Manjiro

Hello!
I was very interested to see a mention of a journal belonging to a crew member on the whaleship John Howland. Unfortunately I don't read Japanese. I wondered if you had run across any other references to this Lyman Holmes.

Thanks!
Carolyn


says while official journals of chief mates of that ship, john howland that steered the island are never-allowed-to-be-loaned out of the house to this day, a journal of a crew, lyman holmes, then 18 years old, recorded in oct 31 1839 through may 8 1843 was priced 5m yen in 2001 at secondhand booksellers exibition....
小川図書 セット・コレクション販売品リスト ogawa used book store, kanda, tokyo
 
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