Tani Tateki – Kumamoto Castle defender during the Seinan War.

My friend William Baerg is a contributor for the Kumamoto International Facebook page and has nicely agreed for me to post an article on my blog. Tani Tateki (谷干城) was a military leader during the Meiji Restoration who was for a crucial period in charge of the defense of Kumamoto. Even under mustache standards of… Read More Tani Tateki – Kumamoto Castle defender during the Seinan War.

Patrick Lafcadio Hearn’s (aka Koizumi Yakumo) residence in Kumamoto

I had a day off today and it wasn’t raining so I decided to visit Lafcadio Hearn’s residence just down the road from where I live.  The address is 2-6 Anseimachi, Kumamoto.  It is right behind Tsuruya shopping center. I had come across Hearn’s name before while researching some other Japanese history but never knew… Read More Patrick Lafcadio Hearn’s (aka Koizumi Yakumo) residence in Kumamoto

Escaped convicts first ever Australian ship to Japanese waters.

An amateur historian has unearthed compelling evidence that the first Australian maritime foray into Japanese waters was by convict pirates on an audacious escape from Tasmania almost two centuries ago. Fresh translations of samurai accounts of a “barbarian” ship in 1830 give startling corroboration to a story modern scholars had long dismissed as convict fantasy:… Read More Escaped convicts first ever Australian ship to Japanese waters.