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Hudson Bay in Vancouver in Clark County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

First Japanese on the North American Continent

 
 
First Japanese on the North American Continent Marker </b>(front) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., June 13, 2008
1. First Japanese on the North American Continent Marker (front)
Inscription.  In October 1832, the Japanese cargo ship Hojun Maru set sail from near Nagoya bound for Edo (present day Tokyo). Disabled in a storm off Enshu Nada, the Hojun Maru drifted for fourteen months before running aground on the coast near Cape Flattery, at the northwest tip of what is now Washington State. The three surviving crew members, Iwakichi, Otokichi and Kyukichi lived briefly among the coastal tribes before they were brought here to Fort Vancouver by the Hudson’s Bay Company. They were the first Japanese to arrive on the continent of North America.

To commemorate
The arrival of the first Japanese on the North American continent the Washington State Centennial
The 1989 American-Japanese Boy Scouts joint training exercise, and to promote the continued friendships between the U.S. and Japan

This monument was donated by the Hyogo Boy Scouts Rover Troop to the people of the State of Washington, with assistance from the 1989 Washington Centennial Commission, National Park Service and Japanese American Citizens League.

Dedicated on August 1, 1989.
 
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Hyogo Boy Scouts Rover Troop, 1989 Washington Centennial Commission, National Park Service and Japanese American Citizens League.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansNotable EventsWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1832.
 
Location. 45° 37.583′ N, 122° 39.41′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, Washington, in Clark County. It is in Hudson Bay. Marker is on E. Evergreen Way, on the right when traveling east. Marker is near the Vancouver National Historic Site visitors center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vancouver WA 98661, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Marshall House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Whose Anchor? (about 400 feet away); Officers Row (about 500 feet away); Carlton Foster Bond (about 800 feet away); Early Aviation History in Vancouver (about 800 feet away); Howard C. French / Alexander Pearson (about 800 feet away); Pearson Airfield (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Chkalov Transpolar Flight (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vancouver.
 
First Japanese on the North American Continent Marker </b>(back) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., June 13, 2008
2. First Japanese on the North American Continent Marker (back)
First Japanese on the North American Continent Marker </b>(front) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., June 13, 2008
3. First Japanese on the North American Continent Marker (front)
First Japanese on the North American Continent Marker </b>(back) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., June 13, 2008
4. First Japanese on the North American Continent Marker (back)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on June 19, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,913 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 19, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

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