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  • Japanese: 玉泉寺 (gyokusen-ji)

Gyokusen-ji is a Buddhist temple in Shimoda, on the Izu peninsula. It is notable as the site of the graves of a number of members of Commodore Perry's crew.

Robert Williams, a 24-year-old crewmember onboard the USS Mississippi, became on 1854/2/8 (March 6) the first member of the mission to die in mainland Japan. He was initially buried at Zôtoku-in in Yokohama, but his grave was moved to Gyokusen-ji three months later.[1] The cemetery at Gyokusen-ji includes the graves of three Russians, and five Americans, most of whom were also members of Perry's mission.

References

  1. Ishin Shiryô Kôyô 維新史料綱要, vol 1 (1937), 553.

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