Adams, William 'Miura Anjin' b. September 24, 1564 d. May 16, 1620 Adventurer. He was a British seaman who became a samurai in Japan. Born in Gillingham, Kent, England, after losing his father at age 12 he was apprenticed to shipyard owner Master Nicholas Diggins at Limehouse. He spent the next 12 years learning shipbuilding, astronomy and navigation. After serving in the Royal Navy under Sir Francis Drake, Adams became a pilot for the company "Barbary Merchants." During this service, he took part in an expedition to the Arctic that lasted about two years in...[Read More] (Bio by: Warrick L. Barrett) Hirado, Hirado, Nagasaki, Japan
Glover, Thomas Blake b. June 6, 1838 d. December 13, 1911 Entrepreneur. Blake was a Scottish merchant who came to Japan in 1959. Soon after his arrivial, he founded the Glover Trading Company in Nagasaki to export gold and silver and to import ships and weapons for the Choshu and Satsuma clans. In 1865, he imported the first locomotive in Japan and later established shipyards and operated mines. Glover supported the Meiji Restoration and is acknowledged for his considerable contributions to the modernization of Japan. The home he built in Nagasaki...[Read More] (Bio by: Warrick L. Barrett) Sakamoto International Cemetery, Nagasaki, Nagasaki, Japan
Satowaki, Cardinal. Joseph Asajirô b. February 1, 1904 d. August 8, 1996 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Shittsu, Joseph Asajirô Satowaki entered seminary in Nagasaki, pursuing later his studies at the Pontifical Urbanian Athenaeum in Rome and the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Ordained priest in Rome in December 1932, back in Nagasaki he served among others as episcopal chancellor, vicar general, director of the diocesan journal and rector of the seminary. Furthermore, between 1941 and 1945, he acted as apostolic administrator of Taiwan...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Akagi Bochi Cemetery, Nagasaki, Nagasaki, Japan Plot: Diocesan Plot.