S3E107 – William Adams, The First Englishman in Japan (Part 1)

William Adams, The First Englishman in Japan (Part 1)

In 1600, William Adams was the first Englishman to visit Japan. Little was known about Japan at that time, apart from IN Japan where they knew pretty much all about it. In this, Part One of Adams’s tale, we follow what must be one of history’s most meandering, misbegotten and (probably) malodorous sea voyages.

They really did not plan it well.

The Loreboys are also exploring unknown territory with this, our first 2-part episode. The full story of William Adams was simply too long and revolting for a single episode. Part Deux will be with you in two weeks’ time, because we’re going to take next week off and have a little rest.

Content Warning: We say “willy” a LOT.

P.S. Listen to Jimmy Shakes in Declan Kennedy’s mockumentary podcast Singularities.


The Loremen are Alasdair Beckett-King & James Shakeshaft.

Featured image from A mapp of the Isles of Iapon, 1684, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center.

Music from La Lettre De Manon Valse played by Megone’s Orchestra, 1905.




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