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SECRETS OF THE DEAD: A Samurai in the Vatican

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Courtesy of Stephane Begoin
In 1613, feudal lord Date Masamune sent a Japanese diplomatic mission to Europe to negotiate with the Pope and the King of Spain in hopes opening a new trade route. Led by samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga and Franciscan monk Luis Sotelo, the expedition spent seven years traveling one-third of the globe.

Premieres Wed., Nov. 17, 2021 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV + Sun., Nov. 21 at 10 p.m. and Thurs., Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. on KPBS 2 / On Demand

In 1613, feudal lord Date Masamune sent a Japanese diplomatic mission to Europe to negotiate with the Pope and the King of Spain in hopes opening a new trade route. Led by samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga and Franciscan monk Luis Sotelo, the expedition spent seven years traveling one-third of the globe. Discover the fate and legacy of these men caught up in the first stages of globalization and facing religious and political tensions on SECRETS OF THE DEAD "A Samurai in the Vatican."

a scene with Franciscan monk Luis Sotelo
Courtesy of Stephane Begoin
A scene from SECRETS OF THE DEAD "A Samurai in the Vatican." In 1613, feudal lord Date Masamune sent a Japanese diplomatic mission to Europe to negotiate with the Pope and the King of Spain in hopes opening a new trade route. Led by samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga and Franciscan monk Luis Sotelo, the expedition spent seven years traveling one-third of the globe.

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SECRETS OF THE DEAD is a production of The WNET Group. Stephanie Carter is executive producer. Stephen Segaller is executive in charge.