William Adams  ウィリアム・アダムス

William Adams and Hirado

Scattered diary records researched by Mr. Tadashi Makino reveal that Adams was laid to rest in one corner of the foreigner's cemetery near the trading post. After the Shimabara revolt in 1637 (brought on the government's repression of Christianity), the state took a severe stance against foreigners and had their cemetery dug up and the remains of those buried there cast into the sea. However, some of the local people secretly recovered what they could and reburied their departed friends at different locations.

In the confusion and course of time, it is thus impossible to know exactly where famed pilot now rests. But on a hillside to the right of Hirado Port, there is a tombstone erected in the memory of William Adams.

The memorial to Adams. The stone on the left would be the original marker, that to the right commemorates his English wife and contains a stone from her grave.

William Adams Memorial Ceremony