The First Meeting and Marriage Between a Daughter of Japan and a Son of the West

The first time Westerners reached Japan was in 1543, when two Portuguese men were blown off course near China and landed on Tanegashima, a small island off the southern coast of Kyushu.  The lord of the island, Tanegashima Tokitata, was impressed by the Portuguese harquebuses, primitive guns.  He ordered his chief sword smith to copy them, but he was unable.   The man, Kiyosada, offered his daughter in exchange for technical assistance.  He had supposed the liaison would be temporary, but the two fell in love and married.  The daughter left with the men, but they later returned to the island, bringing a Portuguese gunsmith, finishing the initial bargain.  And so from the very first time Westerners met the people of Japan, there has existed love between us.

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