The Amazing Voyage of Otokichi

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Stacey just sent me this link to a very interesting story of some young Japanese sailors who gone blown off coarse during the sakoku period in Japan when Japan was shutting out most foreign visitors to their country. It’s a interesting look at survival and what happens when you can never come home again.

In the aftermath of the 1832 storm, Otokichi and 13 of his crewmates were left adrift on the maddeningly empty North Pacific Ocean. Most of them had been sailors since their teenage years, but their combined skills could do nothing to help nudge the crippled vessel towards civilisation.

You can check out the full story here.

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