William Adams was a English sailor who was the first of his nation to reach Japan. When he arrived in Japan, most of his crew had perished on the long trip. After a little trouble, he became friends with the Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa, and became his trusted adviser in matters concerning Europe. The Shogun liked him so much that he said that William Adams the sailor was dead and that Anjin Miura, a samurai was born. His wife in England was considered a widow when the shogun wouldn’t let Adams leave Japan, and he eventually married a Japanese woman.