Glover Garden

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Nagasaki | Glover Garden

Nagasaki | Glover Garden

Glover Garden is a nagasaki hillside residence where merchant Thomas Blake Glover lived at end of Edo era. It is Japan's oldest wooden, western-style building.

Japan's oldest wooden, western-style building

Japan's oldest wooden, western-style building

He built this in 1863. During that period, people had ambition of the new Japan because of the overthrowing the shogunate. Nagasaki is the place where western people visited Japan to teach and introduce western scholarship and goods.

In Glover Garden, there’re some mysteries and very important place to Japanese history. There is the largest Japanese sago in Japan and it is 300 years old. This was given by Satuma feudal when Glover worked as an intermediary of the Satuei War. There is a hidden room with no windows at the roof. This room was used by Ryoma Sakamoto who served his life to change Japan. Glover was a overthrowing shogunate, so he invited such samurai and they did confidential talk in that room.

Do you know the drink company “KIRIN”? Glover was said a man who started a beer company – Japan Buruwari Company and foster of Japanese beer. There is a pair of guardian dogs near the hothouse and surprisingly, this was a model of the products’ cover “giraffe”. That’s now, we know the company “KIRIN”.

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