Monday, July 28, 2014
Within Jofukuji Temple stands a memorial in the shape of a ship on a stone stele to commemorate the voyage of the Tokujomaru - a Japanese ship that drifted for a record 484 days in the Pacific in 1813-1814.
The entire crew perished except for 3 men who were rescued by a British ship off the coast of California and 2 men eventually returned to Japan via Kamchatka.
Despite the so-called sakoku prohibitions in place at the time during the Edo Period for leaving the country, no action, it seems, were taken against the two returnees.
The Captain Jukichi (Ogura) later built this memorial in Jofukuji in honor of his crew.
Entrance to the temple is free. You may need to pull back the bar lock to enter, close it on your exit.
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