View Full Version : Does anyone know who this samurai was, please?

13th November 2003, 16:29
Hi everybody!

Ok, I am looking for an answer to a question posted on another forum I belong to and here is the question posted. The person who posted, heard about a samurai who had looked up to and admired George Washington and wants to know who that samurai was. The poster couldn't find any info anywhere though.

I already tried to find the answer, but I couldn't find it. Does anyone here know about this, or if it is true? Domo arigato gozaimasu for helping!

13th November 2003, 17:20
It must have been one well read or well travelled samurai though. There was only ten years between the time that Admiral Perry forced a treaty opening Japan to the west, and the Meiji restoration which abolished the samurai class. That's not a whole lot of time to be able to study and understand U.S. history.

Sorry I couldn't be of any help!


John Lindsey
13th November 2003, 17:30
Maybe Ryoma?

13th November 2003, 21:03
Originally posted by John Lindsey
Maybe Ryoma?

That's what I was thinking: Sakamoto Ryoma or maybe Katsu Kaishu.

14th November 2003, 13:35
I would guess Kaishu as well, as he travelled to America and was said to be one of the foremost authorities on America of his time.

As far as I know he was a big fan of the American political system and it's military system as I understand it.