The English Samurai Who Opened Japan
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 985 , Segment 1
Episode: The Shipwrecked Englishman Who Became a Samurai
- May 3, 2021 6:00 pm
- 36:48 mins
When William Adams landed in Japan in 1600, little was known about the country beyond Marco Polo’s centuries-old rumors. He gained the favor of the shogun with his knowledge of ships and quick mastery of Japanese etiquette, eventually playing an essential part in opening Japan to the Western trade world. Guest: Giles Milton, author of "Samurai William: The Englishman Who Opened Japan"