History buff confirms 1830 legend of Australian pirates in Japan


Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/05/30/history-buff-confirms-1830-leg.html


Classic Aussies.


There’s really no excuse for the dearth of “Pirates vs. Samurai” movies in Hollywood.


Son of a son of a Samurai like me? No, it would be the other way around… maybe…


I wonder if the legend was the seed for James Clavell’s novel, Shogun?


Ninjas keep stealing the scripts, dammit.


But I’ve already got a whole trilogy planned out in my head. (Hint: the second installment introduces cowboys.)



Don’t forget to put lots of modern slang in the dialogue, to make it easy for young viewers to follow!


That’s where the comedy relief steampunk robot character comes in.


I fucking hate GIFs.


Seriously? I would watch a movie basing on this story. Aussie pirates in feudal Japan, whats not to love?


The site is about 900m from where Russell’s holiday house now stands.

I call BS. No English teacher in Japan makes enough money to have a 2nd home.


Isn’t there more than one way to acquire ‘enough money’?



Oddly the second house was paid for with an old chest full of gold dubloons.


Sadly, no. You’re off by about two and a half centuries.

Beginning in feudal Japan some months before the critical Battle of Sekigahara in 1600, Shōgun gives an account of the rise of the daimyō “Toranaga” (based upon the actual Tokugawa Ieyasu). Toranaga’s rise to the shogunate is seen through the eyes of the English sailor John Blackthorne, called Anjin (“Pilot”) by the Japanese, whose fictional heroics are loosely based on the historical exploits of William Adams.


I’m not sad at all; seed = idea. The times involved need not match.

(I read the whole book (took me three tries !! while being distracted by sci-fi ones))



Sorry bro, been done.


They might help with climate change.


I would have thought that the seed was the life of William Adams.