The morning of the 19th of April 1600 :
Scene of the first encounter with the Dutch.
The Dutch sailing ship "De Liefde" is cast ashore in Usuki, and
crewmembers (from center to left) Jan Joosten, William Adams and captain
Jacob Quaeckernaeck are kindly received by the people of Sashiu.
Drawn by Nobuyuki Tamada
member of the Nikakai Design Department
日本名 ： 三浦 按針
Statue of William Adams
Japanese name : Miura Anjin
William Adams (1564～1620) was born in Gillingham, near London, England. He studied shipbuilding, navigation and astrologｙ, and at age 24, he obtained a navigator's and a captain's license. He was cast ashore in 1600 in Sashiu (Japan) with 'De Liefde'. the Dutch ship he was navigating. After that, he was actine as a diplomatic advisor of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu and continued living in Japan under the name of Miura Anjin.
November 1986, Anjin Association
工藤 忠義 作
Statue of Jan Joosten
Made by Tadayoshi Kudo
オランダ、デルフトの名家に生まれ、リーフデ号にてウィリアム・アダムズらと共に佐志生に漂着した。その後、日本に留まり家康の顧問を務め、オランダ商館設立に力を尽くし、オランダと日本の歴史的関係の礎を築いた。 寄贈 創立１０周年記念
Jan Joosten (1560～1628?)
was born in a distinguished family in Delft, the Netherlands.
Also on board the 'De Liefde', he was cast ashore in Sashiu at the same time as William Adams. Being employed as an advisor of Ieyasu, he stayed in Japan where he made great efforts to set up a Dutch trading house and laid the foundations of the historic relationship between the Netherlands and Japan.
Donated on the occasion of 10th anniversary
of the foundation of the Usuki Chuou Rotary Club
Erasmus (1469～1536) was born in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
He was poor, but received education at a theological
school and studied in France, England, Germany and Italy. He published
many works such as 'The Praise of Folly' and became one of Europe's best
known humanists of the Middle Ages.
"The statue of Erasmus" was set up at the stern of 'De Liefde'
as a guardian angel.