Two Cultures United by Tea

Two Cultures United by TeaToday I’m going to write about Peter Paul Rubens, King James I and Britain’s favourite beverage. Along the way there’ll be a telescope, a daruma doll and some scones. What links all these things? An event I went to on Sunday called Two Cultures United by Tea, held at the Banqueting House in Whitehall to mark the four hundredth anniversary of the landing of the first English ship, the Clove, in Japan in 1613.  Continue reading

England meets Japan – four hundred years ago

Tokugawa IeyasuOn 18th April 1611 the British East India Company ship, the Clove, captained by John Saris, set sail from England headed for Japan. It arrived at Hirado near Nagasaki on 11th June 1613, the first British ship ever to reach Japan.

Hang on, I hear you say. What about William Adams? Wasn’t he the first? Continue reading