The first British Japanese Consul in Liverpool

This time, I came to Liverpool again, to follow the footsteps of James Lord Bowes, the first British person who was assigned to be Japanese Consul in the UK. Please watch the video!

After he died, no one of his family members, nor any museum, was willing to inherit the Japanese Museum as it was. At the end, sadly, the vast collection had to be auctioned piece by piece, and the auction continued for 10 days! Imagine the number of works of art that had to be sold.

As Mr. Smith cleverly mentioned, I also believe that the butterfly was indeed James’ spirit. I wish I had kept still, then the butterfly might have stayed on my hand a little while longer. I’m sure his spirit wanted to say to us, “Thank you for remembering me!”

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