In 1600, William Adams landed in Japan – the first Englishman to do so. He became a friend of Ieyasu – who soon after became Shogun and created the Edo period. Adams was called Anjin san (navigator). He was named hata moto samurai – a personal council to the Shogun. He had an estate south of Edo – now Tokyo, and a town house near the Shogun’s castle in Edo.
I spent almost two hours trying to find where his house had been , thanks mostly to iPhone”s GPS, which does not like tall buildings. It is in Nihon Bashi -Japan Bridge – on Anjin street, but since streets normally don’t have names, that doesn’t help find it!