Japan400 Plymouth: Homecoming of 'The Clove'
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A tall ship will sail into Sutton Harbour on 27 September to commemorate the historic homecoming of The Clove 400 years ago. This re-enactment is the centrepiece of Japan400 Plymouth, an eight-day international event that celebrates the historic and cultural links binding the United Kingdom and Japan. 

Japan400 Plymouth reaffirms these links and opens new opportunities for exchange, collaboration and discovery. 


Come to the Barbican to see a 112-foot period tall ship sail into Sutton Harbour. Commissioned by Plymouth University and the Marine Institute, the ship recreates the homecoming to England on 27 September 1614 of The Clove

Captained by John Saris, the return of The Clove brought to a conclusion a fantastic voyage which saw Saris meet Japan’s Shogun, the ‘Barbarian-Quelling Generalissimo’, and establish formal trade relations between England and Japan. 

See the past sail into the present as we re-create The Clove’s homecoming to Sutton Harbour. Join the celebrations with ceremonies to mark Saris’ homecoming and affirm Anglo-Japanese relations.

Greet The Clove as it arrives and watch the formal ceremony. The homecoming ceremony is from 1pm-2pm and will involve a formal programme of greetings and ceremonies featuring a tree-ribbon tying ceremony, toys for giants and little ones – gifts from the children of Japan, and the ‘opening the mirror’ sake barrel breaking ceremony. 

Walk the decks of the historic vessel and meet Captain Saris himself as we bring history to life - the ship is open to the public from 2pm-5pm on Saturday 27 and 10am-3pm on Sunday 28 September.

Free admission.

Location: Sutton Harbour, The Barbican, Plymouth.

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