Glover House Gravesite
グラバー家墓地 (Gurabake Bochi)

The Scotsman Thomas Blake Glover came to Nagasaki in 1859. He established Glover and Co. in 1861 and engaged in trading, shipbuilding, coal mining, and tea manufacturing businesses. His activities contributed to Japan's modernization. On the other hand, he engaged in sale of weapons, ammunition, warships, and other such goods in support of domains (Satsuma, Choshu, and Tosa) that sought political reform, and these activities involved Glover deeply in political movements at the time of Japan's transition from the Edo bakumatsu government to the Meiji imperial government. Glover moved to Tokyo in 1897, and died there in 1911. His remains were cremated in Tokyo and in December of that same year his funeral was held in Nagasaki. Glover's wife Tsuru died in 1899 and was interred at Taiheiji Temple in Oura, but a portion of her cremated remains were placed here with him.
In the neighboring plot is a gravestone inscribed "Grave of the Kuraba Family" (Kuraba being one Japanized pronunciation of Glover). Here are interred Glover's eldest son Kuraba Tomisaburo, who died at his own hand on August 26, 1945, immediately after the end of the Second World War, and his wife Waka, who died in 1943. Kuraba Tomisaburo pursued activities in Nagasaki, where he was the first in Japan to engage in trawling, a type of dragnet fishing. He was author of one of Japan's leading field guides to fish species, Fishes of Southern and Western Japan (also known as the Glover Atlas).

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Key information on the cultural property

Designated categoryCity-Designated Historic Site
Registered dateJune 3, 2004
AddressSakamoto International Cemetery, Sakamoto 1-2, Nagasaki City
Proprietary rightsNagasaki City