Miura Anjin - William Adams
The motif design of the stained gkass decorating this atrium depicts the
life of Miura Anjin who came to reside at Hemi Village in moderan-day Yokosuka
City. Miura Anjin, a.k.a William Adams, was the first Englishman to came
to Japan. Adams was born in Gillingham, England modern-day Medway, and
riding aboard a Dutch ship encountered great difficulty during his voyage
to Asia, and in April 1600 the "de Liefde" upon which Adams traveled
was the only ship to drift ashore at Usuki in Bungo (present-day Ooita
Prefecture). After this Adams gained the confidence of Tokugawa Ieyasu,
becoming active as a foreign diplomatic advisor for the Shogunate Goverment.
He received an estate of 250 bushels of rice at Hemi Village in the Miura
district, and came to be known as "Anjin" which means "pilot"
and given the name "Miura Anjin." Through this connection, Anjin's
birthplace of Medway City and Yokosuka City now cooperate in maintaining
close sister city relations. Also, on top of Tsukayama Park in Hemi-cho
stand the memorial gravestones for Miura Anjin and his wife.
Beyond Time and Sea
This stained glass uses antique glass (hand blown glass) made in France, and the designs in the various parts of the patterns were etched into the glass using techniques for old European book pictures. This stained glass was produced keeping in mind the image of Yokosuka area and Anjin's deep love for the sea, while expressing in the beautiful light of this open space the passinng of 400 years since Miura Anjin bridged the gap between Japan and the Western World. Contained within these patterns is recorded the events of Adams' life starting with the ocearn crossing from his birthplace and hometown of Gillingham (modern-day Medway) to the Yokosuka area.
From the upper right corner; the Medway City emblem, a Medway clock tower,
William Adams' signature as it remains today, an early 16t-17th century
map of England, the five-ship fleet including the "de Liefde,"
a compass, a late 16th century map of Japan, part of a diagram for the
first large-scale western-style ship drawn by Adams in Japan, scenery of
Anjins'estate in Hemi Yokosuka, part of an inscription on the Anjin Monument,
the Yokosuka Ciry emblem, and other designs.