Nakamura Hironari

  • Other Names: 吉野清左衛門 (Yoshino Seizaemon)
  • Japanese: 中村博愛 (Nakamura Hironari)

Nakamura Hironari was among Japan's first ambassadors to the Netherlands, Portugal, and Denmark.

Nakamura first traveled overseas in 1865, at the age of 25, as one of nineteen students from Satsuma han who were snuck out of the country in order to study in Europe. During the group's journey, he studied science especially. In the first month of the following year, he traveled to France, where he remained for roughly three years, returning to Japan in 1868. He taught French language for a time at the domain school in Kagoshima, and later served as Japanese ambassador to the Netherlands, Portugal, and Denmark.


  • Plaque at the monument to the Satsuma students at Kagoshima Chûô train station, Kagoshima.[1]