Will Adams Memorial

Will Adams Memorial, Gillingham: Address, Will Adams Memorial Reviews: 4/5

Will Adams Memorial
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bsandrs
Portsmouth, UK23,073 contributions
Not A Must Do But An Interesting Memorial
Jan 2020
Having enjoyed a good lunch in the town centre, I thought that a walk would be a good idea and discovered this memorial via TripAdvisor. The clock tower is well built and stands prominently to the side of the A2, on part of the old Watling Street that passes through the area. Not a must do, but some fascinating information and interesting links with Japan
Written January 6, 2020
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Gary S
Medway, UK118 contributions
Interesting part of Medways forgotten history
Jul 2019 • Family
Hundreds of people pass this every day, but I bet no one knows or even cares these days about this chap. He was born on 24 September 1564 in Gillingham. Effectively he is the founder of the Japanese navy and one of a very few non Japanese to be granted the rank of Samurai. He is known in Japanese as Miura Anjin. He was an English navigator who in 1600, was the first of his nation to reach Japan during a five-ship expedition for the Dutch East India Company.
Written July 28, 2019
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gl8246
Medway498 contributions
Memorial to the first Westerner to reach Japan
Apr 2018 • Solo
William Adams was a local sailor who was involved in fighting the Spanish Armada, and later became the first man to reach Japan and set up a trading mission there .
His story inspired James Clavell to write Shogun, with Adams represented by the character John Blackthorne.
He never returned to the West, let alone Gillingham, but as the Anjin, he is still honoured by the Japanese 500 years after his death.
The memorial - it is inscribed in Japanese and English - was unveiled in the 1930s on the site of Gillingham's electric tramway. The Japanese turned out in force to honour their hero (he was the first Westerner to become a Samurai.)
Today most people walk past without recognising what it represents.
And even fewer know it conceals an electricity sub-station...
Written April 4, 2018
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PHE22
London, UK3,925 contributions
Surprised
May 2017 • Solo
Saw it on side of road whilst driving old A2. Whilst it was a fascinating memorial became even more fascinating when I got home and read its History, Constructed for a local Sailor who sailed with Francis Drake, then had a fascinating sailing history before be cast ashore in Japan. Gillingham has a Will Adams festival.
Written May 30, 2017
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