Oliver is joined by Dr Sonia Favi, researcher at the University of Turin, to discuss the history of imagined travel. Sonia’s digital exhibition, ‘Travels in Tokugawa Japan (1603-1868): A Virtual Journey’, explores how late-Edo period maps indulged the imagination of those unable to journey across the country, something all too familiar in the wake of COVID-19 travel restrictions.
421 years ago, an Englishman by the name of William Adams became the first to reach Japan. Initially detained by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, he became an invaluable source of innovation regarding shipbuilding and establishing English and Dutch trading factories in Hirado, Nagasaki. Recognised as one of the most influential foreigners in Japan during this period,Continue reading “Remains of the first English samurai William Adams identified?”