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Four hundred years ago on the 11th June 1613 , the trading ship,‘The Clove’ arrivd at the port of Hirado near Nagasaki , Japan.
She was captained by export salesman extraordinaire John Saris .
How might such a time line have looked 400 years ago for a certain John Saris ?
Not only that by coincidence John Saris is buried in the Church that I attend.
A special concert presented by Japan400 called " A Voyage through words and music" took place in the church last night.
|Lord Salisbury reading his ancestor's mission|
audience with King James I
( 1611 style)
The present Lord Salisbury read from his ancestor's record of an audience with King James 1st ( VI th of Scotland) describing the mission of The Clove.
".. He ( John Saris) will then sail past the lands of the great Murghal to Java and the Spiceries, where he will linger to conduct further trade. From there the Clove alone shall sail to Japan with what British Goods are vendible in that place. ( Apparently the first beer to reach Japan)
He will seek out Mr William Adams, of Gillingham and Limehouse, an Englishman whom we learn has lived at the Japonian court for many years, and become a gentleman there."
Adams had a high regard for Japan, its people, and its civilisation:
|Part of an Ikabane display at |
All Saints Church Fulham for the concert
|Tombstone of John Saris in the chancel of|
All Saints Church Fulham , London
|His Excellency the Japanese Ambassador to the |
United Kingdom Keiichi Hayashi
Address at All Saints Church Fulham
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|Evan Davis, economist,author and presenter |
of BBC Radio 4 excellent business programme
Reading form John Saris' log of the voyage to Japan.
On their way back, they visited Tokugawa, who conferred trading privileges to the English through a “Red Seal” permit giving them "free license to abide, buy, sell and barter" in Japan.
The English party headed back to Hirado on 9 October 1613.
On this occasion, Adams asked for and obtained Tokugawa's authorisation to return to his home country.
However, Adams ultimately declined Saris' offer to bring him back to England.
"I answered him I had spent in this country many years, through which I was poor... [and] desirous to get something before my return".
However in letter to a William Adams he revealed that "The reason I would not go with him was for diverse injuries done against me, which were things to me very strange and unlooked for."
As Japan400 continues hroughout this year we will learn more about tis fascinating time in theh history of Selling
|Singers and dancers from Hirado, Japan|
The port that John Saris in 1613