Mendes Pinto’s account of his travels through the Middle and Far East have dazzled and drawn skepticism from centuries of readers. His is a marvelous story of a man who was shipwrecked and held captive countless times during his travels. He contends that he was among the first Westerners to visit Japan and was instrumental in initiating the period of Namban trade there. In Japan, he supported the founding of the first Christian church after forging a friendship with Francis Xavier, a Jesuit priest who was later canonized. Mendes Pinto entered the Jesuit order for a short period of time. He was critical of Portuguese imperialism and often described the Chinese as civilized compared to the Portuguese. This is one of the great pieces of historiography and travel literature written in the late 16th century.
- Japanese Namban Screen
- João Baptista
- António Francisco Cardim
- Simão de Oliveira
- Fernão Mendes Pinto
- Vida Japonesa
- Wenceslau de Moraes. O culto do chá.
- A Portuguese Embassy to Japan