Hasekura, a Samuraï at the Vatican

a samurai at the vatican

90 min fiction documentary directed by Stéphane Bégoin produced by Gedeon Programmes (ARTE, 2018)

1613. A Samuraï, Hasekura Tsunenaga, boarded a galleon to Spain leeding a Japanese embassy to Mexico City, Madrid, and Rome.

He was the first official Japanese envoy to visit the American continent.

His mission ? Negotiate with the King of Spain the opening of a commercial road competing with the route des Indes on behalf of his lord Date Masamune.

A seven year trip full of pitfalls that will push him to convert to Christianity and take him to the Vatican…



Ouverture Hasekura

Le monastère de Loreto

Le départ d’Hasekura

Le baptême