The transoceanic voyage in ships of Hasekura Tsunenaga () was remarkable in its scope and vision standing in hard contrast to the policies of the . A slightly more relevant case in point would probably be the story of Hasekura Rokuemon Tsunenaga, a samurai who sailed from Japan to. Hasekura Rokuemon Tsunenaga ( – ) (Japanese: 支倉六右衛門常長, also spelled Faxecura Rocuyemon in period European sources.

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By the time Hasekura came back, Japan had changed quite drastically: Hasekura was settled in a house next to the Church of San Franciscoand met with the Viceroy. October 18, ; retrieved This is what I heard by letters from the very Religious who administered the sacraments to him, and who had been present at his death, as well as from others.

See Terms of Use for details. The embassy stopped and changed ships in Havana in Cuba in July, Inthe Spanish Manila galleon San Francisco encountered bad weather on its way from Manila to Acapulco, and was wrecked on the Japanese coast in Chiba, near Tokyo.

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These orders have been promulgated to the Spanish, the Indians, the Mulattos, the Mestizos, and the Blacks, and those who don’t respect them will be punished”. The King and all the nobles were greatly saddened by his passing, but especially the Christians and Religious, who knew very well the virtue and religious zeal of this man.

This page was last changed on 31 Augustat Hasekura had a son, named Rokuemon Tsuneyori.

About us Port Mobility: However, some Japanese, such as Christopher and Cosmas, are known to have crossed the Pacific onboard Spanish galleons as early as Hasekura remitted to the King a letter from Date Masamune, as well as offer for a treaty. During his stay in the Philippines, Hasekura purchased numerous goods for Date Masamune, and built a ship, as he explained in a letter he wrote to his son.


The ship first reached Cape Mendocino in today’s California, and then continued along the coast to arrive in Acapulco on 25 January after three months at sea. The ship was acquired by the Spanish government there, for use in building up defenses against the attacks of the Dutch and the English. The daimyo of Sendai, Date Masamune, was put in charge of the project, and named one of his retainers, Hasekura Tsunenaga his fief was rated at around kokuto lead the mission:. What Hasekura said or did to bring about such a result is unknown.

Date Masamune receives permission from the Tokugawa Shogunate for the expedition and the building of a ship. They will be free to sell their goods.

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Hasekura was a subject of interest in Europe. Ils ont la teste rase, execpte une petite bordure sur le derrier hasekjra une flotte de cheveux sur la cime de la teste retroussee, et nouee a la Chinoise To cite this article click here for a list of acceptable citing formats. Ils en portient quantite dans leur seign, et ils ont apporte provision suffisante pour ce long voyage, qu’ilz sont venus faire du deca….

The embassy tzunenaga some time in Mexico, and then went to Veracruz to board the fleet of Don Antonio Oquendo. Three graves are claimed as Hasekura’s.

Ceremony commemorating the mission’s arrival in Rome. The anti-Christian measures taken by Date Masumune were, however, comparatively mild, and Japanese and Western Christians repeatedly claimed that they were only undertaken to appease the Shogun:.

He explained to him that he jasekura also planning to meet King Philip III to offer him peace and to obtain that the Japanese could come to Mexico for trade.

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Fights erupted between the Japanese and the Spaniards, especially Vizcaino, apparently over the handling of presents from the Japanese ruler. The embassy was probably, at that time, part of a plan to diversify and increase trade with foreign countries, before the participation jasekura Christians in the Osaka rebellion triggered a radical reaction from the shogunate, with the interdiction of Christianity in the territories it directly controlled, in Lastly, hopes of trade with Tsunenxga evaporated when Hasekura communicated that the Spanish King would not enter an agreement as long as persecutions were occurring in the rest of the country.


Baja California travels series translated and edited by W. In this Japanese namethe family name is Hasekura. From Manilathey sailed north to Japan in University of California Press, Hasekura was a retainer of Date Masamune. Hasekura reported his travels to Date Masamune upon his arrival in Sendai.

Hasekura reported his travels to Date Masamune upon his arrival in Sendai. This book was also translated into German in Tsuneyori’s younger brother, Tsunemichi, was convicted as a Christian, but managed to flee and disappear.

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Due to bad weather, they had to stay for a few days in the French harbour of Saint-Tropez, where they were received by the local nobility, and made quite a sensation with the populace. Meeting with Pope Paul V. The artifacts are now preserved in the Sendai City Museum and other museum in Sendai.

The objective of the Japanese embassy was both to discuss trade agreements with the Spanish crown in Madridand to meet with the Pope in Rome.

Vizcaino arrived in Japan inand met many times with the Haseura and feudal lords. Following a request by the Spanish king, in order to avoid too much silver leaving Mexico for Japan, the Viceroy taunenaga for the proceeds to be spent on Mexican goods, except for an amount of 12, pesos and 8, pesos in silver which Hasekura and Yokozawa could bring back with them respectively.

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