To date [update] , it is the only American television production to be filmed on location entirely in Japan, with additional sound stage filming also taking place in Japan at the Toho studio. The miniseries follows fictional Englishman John Blackthorne's transforming experiences and political intrigues in feudal Japan in the early 17th century. After his Dutch trading ship Erasmus and its surviving crew is blown ashore by a violent storm at Anjiro on the east coast of Japan, Pilot-Major John Blackthorne, the ship's English navigator, is taken prisoner by samurai warriors. When he is later temporarily released, he must juggle his self-identity as an Englishman associated with other Europeans in Japan, namely Portuguese traders and Jesuit priests, with the alien Japanese culture into which he has been thrust and now must adapt to in order to survive. Being an Englishman, Blackthorne is at both religious and political odds with his enemy, the Portuguese, and the Catholic Church 's Jesuit order.

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Starting with his shipwreck on this most alien of shores, the novel charts Blackthorne's rise from the status of reviled foreigner up to the heights of trusted advisor and eventually, Samurai.

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Shogun : The First Novel of the Asian saga

Feudal Japan. The year The age of iron and the morning of gunpowder, 12 years of peace after an epidemic of butchery. But the Taiko.


It is the first novel by internal chronology of the author's Asian Saga. A major best-seller, by the book had sold 15 million copies worldwide. Toranaga's rise to the shogunate is seen through the eyes of the English sailor John Blackthorne , called Anjin "Pilot" by the Japanese, whose fictional heroics are loosely based on the historical exploits of William Adams. Feudal Japan in is in a precarious peace. The heir to the Taiko Regent is too young to rule, and the most powerful five overlords of the land hold power as a Council of Regents.

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