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Monument to William Adams, on the emplacement of his former Tokyo townhouse, in Anji-Cho, today Nihonbashi, Murocho 1-10-8, Tokyo. Personal photograph.

The English text reads:

IN MEMORY OF

WILLIAM ADAMS, KNOWN AS MIURA ANJIN. THE FIRST ENGLISHMAN TO SETTLE IN JAPAN. COMING AS PILOT ON BOARD THE CHARITY IN 1600. WHO RESIDED IN A MANSION BUILT ON THIS SPOT. WHO INSTRUCTED IEYASU, THE FIRST TOKUGAWA SHOGUN, ON GUNNERY, GEOGRAPHY, MATHEMATICS ETC., AND CONSTRUCTED FOR HIM SEVERAL SHIPS ON THE EUROPEAN MODEL, WHILE RENDERING VALUABLE SERVICES IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AND WHO MARRIED A JAPANESE LADY, MISS MAGOME AND DIED ON APRIL 24 1620, AT THE AGE OF FIFTY SEVEN YEARS.

REBUILT BY SOME JAPANESE, MAY 1951

The Japanese text reads:

史跡

三浦按針屋敷跡

ウイリアム・アダムズは西曆1564年イギリスのケント州に生れ、慶長5年(1600)渡來、德川家康に迎えられて江戶に入り、この地に屋敷を給せられた。造船・砲術・地理・數學等に業績をあげ、ついで家康・秀忠の外交時に通商の顧問となり、日英貿易等に貢獻し、元和6年(1620)4月24日平戶に歿した。

日本名三浦按針は相模國三浦逸見に領地を有し、またもと、船海長であったことに由來し、この地も昭和初年まで安針町と呼ばれた。

(Historical site

Miura Anjin mansion remains

William Adams was born in the state of Kent in England in 1564 (Western Calendar), came to Japan in the 5th year of Keicho 5 (1600), was greeted by Tokugawa Ieyasu, entered Edo, where he was given a mansion in this place. He made achievements in shipbuilding, gunnery, geography, and mathematics, and then became a trade adviser during Ieyasu Hidetada's reign, contributed to the trade between Japan and the UK, and died in the 6th Year of Genna (1620).

Miura Anjin gives his name to an area in Sagami Province, and being originally a ship's master, this place was also called Anjin Town until the beginning of the Showa era.)

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