First Japanese in Europe: Incredible Story of the Tensho Embassy (1582 - 1590) // DOCUMENTARY

Published on Nov 9, 2021
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00:00 Introduction
3:14 Japan: The Idea
6:43 The Journey
10:04 Portugal
14:56 Spain
21:23 Italy and Rome
29:33 Home Again

Written by Thomas Lockley.
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Edited and narrated by David Kelly.
Art by Matthew Cartwright.

— Music courtesy of:-
Epidemic Sound

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