Annotation to the book "The Adventures of Otokichi"
Diplomat, translator, trader and accidental hero. This book celebrates the life and adventures of this colourful 19-century Japanese character. Otokichi Yamamoto is a revered historical figure whose life affected not only the people of Japan, his country of birth, but also the global community. His life journey took him through stretches of hope, despair, frustration and opportunity. As it turns out, Otokichi played a major role in the signing of the Treaty of Peace and Amity between the United Kingdom and Japan on 14 October 1854. For his effort, Otokichi received a princely reward from the British Government which he used to settle his family in Singapore. There, he continued to play a powerful role as intermediary between East and West.
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