Anjin The English Samurai 

按針 イングリッシュ・サムライ
ANJIN Ingurisshu Samurai

Role: Dominic (ドメニコ) 

Director: Gregory Doran
Writer: Mike Polton & Shoichiro Kawai 

Performance Details

10 December 2009 - 18 January 2010The Galaxy Theatre, Tokyo, Japan


ANJIN The English Samurai is a stage production based on the life story of an English navigator named William Adams who settled in Japan. Adams was pilot of the Dutch ship Liefde which arrived at Bungo province in Kyushu on April 19, 1600. Adams served Ieyasu in a number of fields, even building him an 8-ton European-style boat. He also served as interpreter and as an agent for the Dutch and English companies. In the same way Adams played a role of no small importance in shaping the position of the bakufu towards Spain, Portugal and the Catholic Church.

Adams dreamed of returning to England, but the government would not let him. He became a hatamoto and was given land in the Miura Henmi district of Sagami province, and so was called Miura Anjin, Anjin meaning "pilot." Though he was married, he also married a Japanese woman. He died of illness in Hirado in Hizen province (the Dutch, English, and Portuguese all had establishments there) in 1620. There is a grave in Henmi (now Yokosuka City) said to be his (Anjin-zuka).


Much of Tatsuya's role in this stage production involves him speaking in English. Tatsuya lived in London for a summer (five months during 2007) in order to study English for this part.