Two Cultures United by Tea

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Unveiling of the Japan400 Telescope in the Tower of London

Britain and Japan 400 Years—A Voyage Through Words and Music

Japan400 Press Launch

Photos of Japan400 press launch

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members of Japan400 press launch panel seated behind a table and in front of logo
Japan400 Launch panel
Sue Haydock speaks at the Japan400 press launch
Susan Haydock
Yuichiro Hanyu
Timon Screech
photo of guests in launch room
Japan400 gets underway
Andrew Gerstle
Andrew Gerstle
photo of Seijiro Takeshita talking next to Timon Screech on panel
Seijiro Takeshita
photo of Stephen Baxter speaking at the press launch
Stephen Boxer

Contemporary sites of historical interest

Smythe tomb
Grave of Sir Thomas Smythe, first Governor of the East India Company.
St Mary Magdalenes Church, Gillingham
St Mary Magdalenes Church, Gillingham
Philpot Lane building
Philpot Lane
Saris grave
St Mary’s Putney, home of John Saris’s grave
exterior view of Westenhanger Castle
Westenhanger Castle
Jacques Specks, Head of the Dutch Factory in Hirado, Japan
Jacques Specx, Head of the Dutch Factory in Hirado, Japan
William Adams statue
William Adams statue
Richard Cocks statue
Richard Cocks statue


James I
King James 1
Tokugawa Ieyasu
Tokugawa Ieyasu
detail Richard Cocks screen
Richard Cocks
The Clove
The Clove

fragment of historical map of Philpot Lane area
Philpot Lane map [PDF: 15Mb]
entire screen from which image of Richard Cocks is a detail
Full screen showing Richard Cocks [large image: 600KB]

Sarah Smythe 1599
Sarah Smythe 1599
portrait of Hasekura Tsunenaga in full regalia
Hasekura Tsunenaga
antique map of English area at Hirado
English map of Hirado 1600 [large image: 600KB]
elaborately decorated antique cabinet desk
Scriptor c.1613
antique elevated view Antwerp bourse of large court
Antwerp bourse
suit of armour
Hidetada’s suit of armour
Candlesticks presented to Skinners’ Hall by the East India Company
architectural drawing of facade of the New Exchange
New Exchange in the Strand


Hitachi 'Javelin' Train
Hitachi ‘Javelin’ Train