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Samejima Hisanobu

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  • Other Names: 町田仲平 (Machida Nakahira)
  • Japanese: 鮫島尚信 (Samejima Hisanobu)

Samejima Hisanobu was one of nineteen young men from Satsuma han who traveled to Europe in 1865 for study. He later became one of Japan's first ambassadors to France.

Leaving Japan at the age of 21, Samejima took on the name Machida Nakahira. While in Europe, he studied literature in particular. He then traveled to the United States in 1867/7 alongside Mori Arinori and Nagasawa Kanae.

Samejima returned to Japan the following year, in 1868/6, and later became one of Japan's first ambassadors to France.

References

  • Plaque at the monument to the Satsuma students at Kagoshima Chûô train station, Kagoshima.[1]
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