Japan 400 http://japan400.com/ja/ 400 years of Japan-British relations Sun, 06 Apr 2014 13:22:14 +0000 ja hourly 1 RUSI/Sasakawa Peace Foundation Conference Rejuvenating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st Century http://japan400.com/ja/rusisasakawa-peace-foundation-conference-rejuvenating-uk-japan-relations-for-the-21st-century-2/ http://japan400.com/ja/rusisasakawa-peace-foundation-conference-rejuvenating-uk-japan-relations-for-the-21st-century-2/#comments Sun, 13 Oct 2013 22:41:39 +0000 http://japan400.com/?p=3762 Continued]]> A conference on ‘Rejuvanating UK-Japan Relations for the 21st century was jointly held by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI).

The keynote address was by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  You can read the speech in English here:

http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/96_abe/statement/201309/30ukjapan_e.html and as pdf.:RUSI Keynote Address by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at the Conference on Rejuvenating U.K

HRH, The Duke of York was the second keynote speaker.

Yōhei Sasakawa wrote an article which originally appeared in the Sankei Shimbun newspaper on 20 September 2013 entitled Ties with Britain Expand Japan’s Diplomatic Options  Read as pdf. here: RUSI Sankei Sasakawa article (English) 20-9-2013

産経ニュース 2013.9.20: ” 日本財団会長・笹川陽平 日英協力で外交の選択肢広げよ” – 日本財団会長・笹川陽平氏

More information about the conference, with photographs: http://www.rusi.org/events/ref:E523986CE3C7C7#.UlMAlI1lQUp

Japan400 Event page with photos is here: http://japan400.com/event/uk-japan-security-conference-in-2013/



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Saris’s Log, 8 September 1613 http://japan400.com/ja/sariss-log-8-sep-1613/ http://japan400.com/ja/sariss-log-8-sep-1613/#comments Sun, 08 Sep 2013 08:15:01 +0000 http://japan400.com/?p=3308 Tokugawa Ieyasu1613年9月8日[予は駕籠に乗りて、(皇帝が宮廷を構ふる)駿河の城へ運ばれた。予の商人其の他の者は、予の前に賜物を有つて伴をした。城に入つて予は三つの跳橋を過ぎた。其の各に一隊の番兵が居る。甚だ立派な大石段の一對を登つたところで、予は二人の厳格で風采よき人に迎へられた。其の一人は皇帝の秘書官上野殿(本田上野介正純)で、他の一人は水師提督兵庫殿(向井兵庫頭政綱)で、両人は予を畳敷の立派な室へ案内した。予は畳の上に胡坐で座した。間もなく両人は予を間に挟んで謁見の間へ案内した。そこには皇帝の玉座があつて、彼等はそれに對し予に敬禮するやうにと頼んだ。玉座は金色の布で張られ、高さ五尺ばかり、背の方と両側は、大層華麗に装飾してあるが、頭上に天蓋はない。次に両人は以前彼らが座して居た場処へ帰つたが、そこに十五分位待つた処で、皇帝出御という聲が聞えた。次に彼等は立ち上り、予を間に挟んで、皇帝の居る室の戸の処に予を案内し、予に其の内へ入るやうに身振りをした。しかし彼等自身は其の中を覗くことはできなかった。予等の(イングランド)國王からの賜物と、(此の國の習慣に従って)予が自身からして皇帝に差探る賜物とが、皇帝が入り来る前に、前記の室内に、畳の上に整然と置かれてあつた。予は英國風の禮式に従つて、皇帝に進みより、予等の王の書翰を陛下に渡した。陛下はそれを手に 取つて、其の額の方へ頂き彼の背後に可なり隔たつて座つて居た通辯に命じて、船長アダムスをして予に對して、遠路ご苦労、よくこそ来られたどうぞ一両日休憩せられよ。其の間にイングランド國王への返翰ができるであらうと言はせられた。(p167,168)」

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THE OFFICIAL 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF JAPAN-BRITISH RELATIONS GOLD AND SILVER PROOF COINS AVAILABLE THROUGH JAPAN400 http://japan400.com/ja/the-official-400th-anniversary-of-japan-british-relations-gold-and-silver-proof-coins-available-for-pre-order-through-japan400/ http://japan400.com/ja/the-official-400th-anniversary-of-japan-british-relations-gold-and-silver-proof-coins-available-for-pre-order-through-japan400/#comments Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:27:48 +0000 http://japan400.com/the-official-400th-anniversary-of-japan-british-relations-gold-and-silver-proof-coins-available-for-pre-order-through-japan400-2/ Continued]]> The official 400th Anniversary of Japan-British Relations
Gold and Silver Proof Coins

Only 400 Coins available worldwide

Minted by the East India Company
with Royal Approval from HM Queen Elizabeth II

Rendered_JAP400*NEW* Presentation of Japan400 coin to the Tokugawa family on 6th December 2013: http://japan400.com/head-of-tokugawa-family-marks-400th-anniversary-of-sailing-from-japan-of-first-british-ship-to-visit/

On 8th September 2013, following official approval from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 400 legal tender coins were issued in 24ct Gold and Fine Silver to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Japan-British Relations and the beginning of a long and remarkable friendship between the two nations.

These extremely limited edition coins feature for the first time ever on a coin the portrait of Retired Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Next to him is a portrait of King James l of England and Vl of Scotland, with an image representing The East India Company ship “The Clove” with the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll on the obverse.


Designed by Former Royal Mint Chief Engraver and Head of Design, Matthew Bonaccorsi, the design has been formally agreed and approved by HM Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Household and is the only official coin issued to celebrate the anniversary.

Matthew Bonaccorsi comments “When designing a coin of this stature, it is important to achieve a balance between the two nations, ensuring that each ruler stands alone in their own right. The portraits demonstrate the differing styles of art from each country, highlighting their unique cultures. The EIC ship ‘The Clove’ is purposely placed behind the portraits, symbolising its importance in connecting the two nations at a time when maritime travel was still a very hazardous enterprise”.

After his senior responsibilities at the Royal Mint and 17 years of experience designing and engraving coins and medals, Matthew Bonaccorsi launched his own Numismatic Design Agency in 2012. Creating designs for important UK events such as HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 100th anniversary of WW1 contribute to Matthew Bonaccorsi’s experience in capturing important characters and anniversaries in 3D relief.


Struck to the highest ‘proof’ quality available in the minting process, these gold and silver coins are minted by The East India Company, the very Company which, 400 years ago, arrived at the shores of Hirado bearing gifts and official letters from King James I and Vl for the rulers of Japan.
Each coin is carefully mounted in a beautiful presentation case, each with a numbered certificate.

With only 400 coins available worldwide, the demand for these coins is significant.  The coins were placed on general release on 8th September 2013.

A donation of £100 for each gold coin and £10 for each silver coin will be made to the Japan400 Organisation to ensure that future generations will be able to benefit from the legacy of this special anniversary, through a range of educational and monumental restoration projects.


The East India Company and Its Coins

The East India Company has long been known in the precious metal trade. It was, and still is, the only company in history to mint its own trading currency and grew to become one of the two largest bullion traders of its time.

Much of the East India Company’s history has been captured in the immortal designs used in its coinage. These coins tell the story of how a band of traders created a company that far exceeded the sum of their ambitions, uniting distant markets and building and sustaining an empire.

The need of The Company to use bullion as a trading commodity grew from the lack of appropriate goods with which to tempt their eastern partners. Cargoes of heavy cloths, such as woollens, initially loaded onto the East India Company ships, were quickly replaced with bullion coins, more readily acceptable in the new markets they were exploring.

By the middle of the 17th century, The Company’s trade increasingly depended on the export of bullion from Britain to serve its needs. By 1677, it had become so influential that King Charles II granted it the right to mint its own currencies in the territory of Bombay which it administered through an earlier grant of charter. This led over time to the emergence of over 14 mints in India including Bombay, Calcutta and Madras.

The Company’s coins included Gold Mohur, Silver Rupiya, Pagoda, Anna, Fanams and Cash, many of which remain highly sought after and revered by collectors to this day.

By 1835, the Coinage Act decreed that there should be a universal coinage for all of the British Colonies. As a result coins were struck for the first time bearing the effigy of the reigning monarch, King William IV.

Over 150 years later, following in the path of its ancestors, The East India Company secured the right to mint legal tender coins for the Island of St Helena, with which it shares a long and intimate history.
On Royal Approval and once again bearing the effigy of reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II, The East India Company returned to its by-gone bullion days, releasing its first new legal tender coins in February 2012 with the launch of the famous Gold Mohur and Fine Silver CASH collections.

In 2013, the collection was extended to include the East India Company Guinea, an iconic coin which symbolised the Colonial age and underpinned the growth of international trade.

Special edition anniversary coins including the 2013 Koh-i-Noor Coronation coin, the Treasures of India Collection and the 400th Anniversary of Japan – British Relations Gold and Silver coins complement a collection of beautiful, rare and exceptional coins minted to the very highest standards for the collector, curator and connoisseur alike.


Press release for presentation to the Tokugawa family is here: http://japan400.com/head-of-tokugawa-family-marks-400th-anniversary-of-sailing-from-japan-of-first-british-ship-to-visit/

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英国と日本の交流400年を祝う http://japan400.com/ja/%e8%8b%b1%e5%9b%bd%e3%81%a8%e6%97%a5%e6%9c%ac%e3%81%ae%e4%ba%a4%e6%b5%81400%e5%b9%b4%e3%82%92%e7%a5%9d%e3%81%86/ http://japan400.com/ja/%e8%8b%b1%e5%9b%bd%e3%81%a8%e6%97%a5%e6%9c%ac%e3%81%ae%e4%ba%a4%e6%b5%81400%e5%b9%b4%e3%82%92%e7%a5%9d%e3%81%86/#comments Sat, 15 Jun 2013 08:30:06 +0000 http://japan400.com/?p=2075 ちょうど400年前に英国の船が初めて日本に到着した6月11日、当時の日本での英国の経験を振り返る特別講演会が駐日英国大使館で開かれました。

Celebrating 400 years of UK-Japan exchanges

Professor Timon Screech and British Ambassador Tim Hitchens with a replica of John Saris’ diary

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日英交流400年:「三浦按針」演劇など、記念のイベント続々−−英で民間グループ http://japan400.com/ja/%e6%97%a5%e8%8b%b1%e4%ba%a4%e6%b5%81%ef%bc%94%ef%bc%90%ef%bc%90%e5%b9%b4%e3%80%8c%e4%b8%89%e6%b5%a6%e6%8c%89%e9%87%9d%e3%80%8d%e6%bc%94%e5%8a%87%e3%81%aa%e3%81%a9%e3%80%81%e8%a8%98%e5%bf%b5%e3%81%ae/ http://japan400.com/ja/%e6%97%a5%e8%8b%b1%e4%ba%a4%e6%b5%81%ef%bc%94%ef%bc%90%ef%bc%90%e5%b9%b4%e3%80%8c%e4%b8%89%e6%b5%a6%e6%8c%89%e9%87%9d%e3%80%8d%e6%bc%94%e5%8a%87%e3%81%aa%e3%81%a9%e3%80%81%e8%a8%98%e5%bf%b5%e3%81%ae/#comments Mon, 14 Jan 2013 13:13:23 +0000 http://japan400.com/?p=423  【ロンドン坂井隆之】日英の交流が始まってから今年で400年を迎えるのを記念し、両国の企業・団体で作る民間グループが10日、英国内で各種イベントを開催すると発表した。日本に漂着した英国船員で徳川家康の顧問も務めたウィリアム・アダムス(三浦按針)を題材にした演劇や、江戸時代の絵画など日本文化を紹介する展覧会などを開き、日英交流の歴史を再確認する。



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