Death and legacy (7/7)

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A highly unusual yet legendary figure, Adams left behind a uniquely inspiring legacy. He died in 1620. His titles and estates were transferred to his son Joseph upon his death, and payments were distributed to both his family in Japan and his family in England – most of which came out of his own pocket as dictated by the will he left behind. One of the towns in Tokyo in which Adams resided during his life was named in his honour, “Anjin-cho” (‘Anjin’ being his Japanese given name, and ‘cho’ meaning village in Japanese) where he is annually celebrated in a festival taking place on the 15th of June. His hometown of Gillingham in Kent also hosts an annual festival in his honour.

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