Will’s nau­ti­cal knowhow

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Gilling­ham is turn­ing Ja­panese this week­end, cel­e­brat­ing one of its own, Will Adams.

In­trepid Will grew up in Gilling­ham dur­ing Tu­dor times and went on to be­come a sailor in the Royal Navy. While nav­i­gat­ing a fleet of five Dutch ships from West Africa his ship ran aground on the is­land of Kyushu in Ja­pan, where he was cap­tured, ques­tioned and im­pris­oned as a pi­rate. After be­ing or­dered to sail to Tokyo, the Shogun was im­pressed with his nau­ti­cal knowl­edge and he went on to be­come a trusted aide and get­ting the ti­tle of Samu­rai. A free fes­ti­val, held each year to cel­e­brate his life, will be at Gilling­ham Park on Satur­day, Septem­ber 8 from 11am to 4.30pm. There will be cel­e­bra­tions of mar­itime his­tory, Ja­panese cul­ture in the 17th and 21st cen­tury, Taiko Mean­time Drum­ming, mar­tial arts, liv­ing his­tory and sto­ry­telling.

Dogs are wel­come on leads. There is lim­ited park­ing around the park. For more de­tails of what’s on go to en­joymed­way.org

Pic­ture: Steve Crispe

The Fish­er­man’s Dance per­formed at last year’s fes­ti­val.

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