Kushimoto

串本町 / Kuşimoto

In November 1878, a sloop named Seiki (清輝) of the Japanese Imperial Navy, arrived in Konstantiniyye en route to a training mission in Europe. The envoy was received by Sultan Abdülhamid II and honored with various medals. In 1881, a mission led by diplomat Masaharu Yoshida came to the court Yıldız Palace in an effort to conclude agreements relating to trade and wartime status. Upon the visit of Prince Komatsu Akihito to Istanbul in October 1887 and the presentation of Japan’s highest order, the Order of the Chrysanthemum, to the Sultan, the government of the Ottoman Empire decided to send a ship on a goodwill voyage to Japan in return.

While returning from the goodwill voyage, she encountered a typhoon off the coast of Wakayama Prefecture, subsequently drifted into a reef and sank. The shipwreck resulted in the loss of 533 sailors and officers, including Rear Admiral Ali Osman Pasha. Only 69 sailors and officers survived and returned home later aboard two Japanese corvettes. The event is still commemorated as a foundation stone of Japanese-Turkish friendship.

Places of interest

> Turkish Memorial and Museum

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