Set in 1853 Japan, Pacific Overtures follows the Westernization of Japan, mainly through the story of Kayama, a samurai, and Manjiro, a fisherman. The lives of both men are radically changed by the coming of American ships to Japan.
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The Americans insisted that their mission was a peaceful one. But because we did not know if we could trust them, we chose a samurai whose task it was to muster our defenses. And that samurai was me. I ordered canvas screens to be stretched across the cliffs at Kanagawa. Behind the screens I was able to conceal five thousand armored swordsmen, carrying enormous bows, all of them on horseback. A most impressive force. And with the canvas masking them, our enemy might think that twice as many ...
Referenced in Anatomy of a Song