The 17th Century Japanese Samurai Who Sailed to Europe, Met the Pope & Became a Roman Citizen via Open Culture [Shared]

The 17th Century Japanese Samurai Who Sailed to Europe, Met the Pope & Became a Roman Citizen via Open Culture

The 17th Century Japanese Samurai Who Sailed to Europe, Met the Pope & Became a Roman Citizen via Open Culture [Shared]

We learn about intrepid Europeans who sought, and sometimes even found, trade and missionary routes to China and Japan during the centuries of exploration and empire. Rarely, if ever, do we hear about visitors from the East to the West, especially those as well-traveled as 17th-century samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga. Sent on a mission to Europe and America by his feudal lord, Date Masumune, Hasekura “set off on a quest to earn riches and spiritual guidance,” Andrew Milne writes at All that’s Interesting. “He circumnavigated the globe, became part of the first Japanese group in Cuba, met the Pope, helped begin a branch of Japanese settlers in Spain (still thriving today), and even became a Roman citizen.”

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