January 27: Manjiro Nakahama. MAJIRO: THE BOY WHO RISKED HIS LIFE FOR TWO COUNTRIES

Manjiro Nakahama “John Mung”, sailor

Jan. 27, 1827- November 22, 1898

Manjiro: The Boy Who Risked His Life for Two Countries by Emily Arnold McCully (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008)

The
story of a boy who is saved by a whaling captain (Whitfield) after his
crew’s boat shipwrecks on an island in Japan. The captain takes Manjiro
back to America and educates him. Later as a young man, Manjiro returns
to Japan and plays a pivotal role in opening trade between Japan and the
Western world.

The house where Manjiro lived with Captain William Whitfield is now a museum in Fairhaven, Mass. Visit the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society Inc. website to discover more and follow the Manjiro trail.