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image located by Nozomi Kariyasu, 11 April 2014
Hasekura Rokuemon Tsunenaga (1571-1622) 支倉六右衛門常長 was
a Japanese samurai and retainer of Date Masamune, the daimyo of Sendai.
About 400 years ago in the years 1613 through 1620, Hasekura headed a diplomatic mission to Vatican in Rome, travelling through New Spain (Mexico)arriving Acapulco and departing from Veracruz and visiting various ports in Europe. On the return trip Hasekura and his companions retraced their route across New Spain in 1619, sailing from Acapulco for Manila and then sailing north to Japan in 1620. He is conventionally considered the first Japanese ambassador in the Americas and Europe Hasekura used a ship flag of beige field charged with an official COA consisting of a black Buddhist swastika crossed by two black arrows, within a white shield and surmounted by a yellow crown, on an orange round shaped background with blue ribbon. Iimage from Wikipedia.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 11 April 2014