May 5, 2020

In 1543 two Portuguese traders arrived on a Chinese junk, with a gift that would change the course of Japanese history, the Teppo gun.

Recorded for posterity by Nanpo Bushi half a century later, this account gives us the view of a people coming into contact with Europe for the first time.

Translated by Olof G Lidin in his book “Tanegashima: The Arrival Of Europe In Japan” and published by NIAS press:

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