by Lillian Csernica on April 6, 2018
Tanaka Fujimaro (田中 不二麿, 16 October 1845 – 8 September 1909) was a Japanese statesman and educator in Meiji period. On him I have based the character of Fujita Nobuhiro. Fujita-san is a member of the Japanese diplomatic corps assigned to Dr. Harrington as his translator. Fujita-san is most often present when Dr. Harrington pays a visit to Kiyomizudera to check on his patient, the Abbot.
Fujita-san is a good example of a member of the samurai class who weathered the Meiji Restoration successfully. Literate, educated, from a good family, Fujita-san’s talent for languages has made him well-suited for dealing with the abundance of foreigners present in Japan. It has not yet come out in the stories, but Fujita-san speaks not only Japanese and English but French and German as well.