Shogun Related Place in Japan



This film is an adaptation of a novel by James Clavell. In the 1980s, Toshiro Mifune gained popularity by playing Yoshii Toraenaga. The novel is a fiction written by Clavell, inspired by the diaries of Miura Anjin and set during Japan’s Warring States period. In the story, William Adams, an English navigator who actually existed, is portrayed as John Blackthorne. The novel pays homage to many historical figures in Japan, making it a fascinating work.

 ジェームズ・クラベル(James Clavell)同名の小説の映画化。1980年代には三船敏郎が吉井虎永を演じて人気を博した。この小説は、クラベルが戦国時代に実在したイギリスの航海士ウイリアム・アダムス(劇中ではジョン・ブラックホーン(John Blackthorne)、三浦按針の日記を参考にして書かれたフィクションだが、実在した日本の歴史上の偉人が数多くオマージュされていて非常に興味深い作品となっている。

Anjin Miura 三浦按針 (みうら あんじん)

In the drama, the character’s real name is John Blackthorne, played by Cosmo Jarvis. Miura Anjin is based on William Adams, an English navigator who was the first Briton to receive the title of Hatamoto in Japan. Miura Anjin served as a close adviser to Tokugawa Ieyasu, but his interactions with other historical figures in Japan as depicted in the drama appear to be entirely fictional.


按針の墓 ”The grave of Miura Anjin”

The grave of Miura Anjin (William Adams), known as “Anjinzuka,” is located in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. William Adams arrived in Japan in 1600 and earned the trust of Tokugawa Ieyasu, becoming the first Western samurai. He introduced new navigation techniques to Japan and contributed to diplomacy and trade. His grave was built to honor his achievements in Japan, attracting many tourists and history enthusiasts. Anjinzuka symbolizes his significant impact and life in Japan, serving as an important historical landmark.


最寄り駅:京急本線 安針塚駅(横浜駅⇨金沢八景駅⇨安針塚駅)
Nearest station: Anjinzuka Station on the Keikyu Main Line.
(Yokohama Station → Kanazawa-Hakkei Station → Anjinzuka Station)

From Anjinzuka Station to Tsukayama Park, where Anjinzuka is located, you need to walk up a steep hill. Therefore, those with weak legs should take caution.

東京日本橋・按針通りと按針の碑 Anjin-Street and the Monument

The reason there is a monument to Miura Anjin on Anjin-dori in Nihonbashi Tokyo is because the location is close to where he once lived. William Adams, known as Miura Anjin in Japan, arrived in the early 1600s and later gained the trust of Tokugawa Ieyasu, playing an important role in early Edo period Japan. He was granted land by Ieyasu, a portion of which was in the Nihonbashi area. The monument was erected to commemorate his achievements in Japan and his contributions to the region. Therefore, it is placed in this location, deeply connected to his life.


最寄り駅:半蔵門線 三越前駅
Nearest station: Mitsukoshimae Station on the Hanzomon Line.

Mariko Toda 戸田鞠子 (とだ まりこ)

The character is modeled after Hosokawa Gracia, the third daughter of Akechi Mitsuhide and a Christian convert. She is portrayed by Anna Sawai, a Japanese actress from New Jersey. In the drama, the phrase “Flowers are flowers” comes from Gracia’s death poem, “It is only when the time comes for them to scatter that flowers are flowers and people are people.”

 明智光秀の三女でキリシタンだった細川ガラシャがモデル。ニュージャージー州出身の日本人女優澤井杏奈(サワイ・アンナ)が演じている。劇中ででてくる「花は花なれ」は「散りぬべき 時知りてこそ 世の中の 花も花なれ 人も人なれ」という細川ガラシャの辞世の句。

Yabushige Kashigi 樫木藪重(かしぎ やぶしげ)

The character is modeled after the historical figure Honda Masanobu. The actor is Tadanobu Asano. In the drama, the death poem “When I die, do not burn me, do not bury me, expose me in the fields to fatten the belly of a starved dog” is actually a famous poem by the renowned Japanese poet Ono no Komachi.


Isidou 石堂和成(いしどう かずなり)

 Modelled after Ishida Mitsunari. The actor is Takehiro Hira.