Nobu Shirase

Kuril islands, showing the Russian-Japanese division at various dates
Expedition ship Kainan Maru
JARE's latest (2009) icebreaker Shirase

Japanese army officer and explorer.

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Map of Antarctica, showing (red rectangle) the area of the expedition's operations. Wellington (New Zealand) and Sydney (Australia) appear on the bottom edge of the map.

Japanese Antarctic Expedition

The first such expedition by a non-European nation.

The first such expedition by a non-European nation.

Map of Antarctica, showing (red rectangle) the area of the expedition's operations. Wellington (New Zealand) and Sydney (Australia) appear on the bottom edge of the map.
Nobu Shirase, dressed for the Antarctic
Expedition ship Kainan Maru
Ice in the Ross Sea (the small black objects are seals)
Parsley Bay, Sydney Harbour, early 20th century
Edgeworth David
An inlet on the Great Ice Barrier edge
Bay of Whales
Map showing coastline of King Edward VII Land
Nobu Shirase's grave

The brainchild of an army reserve lieutenant, Nobu Shirase, the expedition was privately funded.

Location of King Edward VII Land (marked in orange) within the Ross Dependency

King Edward VII Land

Large, ice-covered peninsula which forms the northwestern extremity of Marie Byrd Land in Antarctica.

Large, ice-covered peninsula which forms the northwestern extremity of Marie Byrd Land in Antarctica.

Location of King Edward VII Land (marked in orange) within the Ross Dependency
Area map of Edward VII Peninsula
New Zealand stamp overprinted for use at the British base

The coastline was further explored by the Nimrod Expedition under Ernest Shackleton in 1908–09, and the first landfall was made by a party of the Japanese Antarctic Expedition led by Shirase Nobu in 1912.

Nikaho, Akita

City located in Akita Prefecture, Japan.

City located in Akita Prefecture, Japan.

Nikaho and Mount Chōkai
Children's Ferrite and Science Museum
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Scenery of Kisakata Kujukushima Islands

a memorial museum which focuses on the Antarctic Expedition by local explorer Shirase Nobu and includes a replica of Shirase's ship.

Ross Ice Shelf situated between Marie Byrd Land and Victoria Land

Shirase Coast

North segment of the relatively ill-defined coast along the east side of Ross Ice Shelf and Ross Sea, lying between the north end of Siple Coast (about -80.16667°N, -151°W) and Cape Colbeck.

North segment of the relatively ill-defined coast along the east side of Ross Ice Shelf and Ross Sea, lying between the north end of Siple Coast (about -80.16667°N, -151°W) and Cape Colbeck.

Ross Ice Shelf situated between Marie Byrd Land and Victoria Land

Named by NZ-APC in 1961 after Lieutenant Nobu Shirase (1861-1946), leader of the Japanese expedition, whose ship Kainan Maru sailed near this coast in January 1912.

The glacier of the Geikie Plateau in Greenland.

Shirase Glacier

Large glacier entering Havsbotn, the bay that forms the head of Lutzow-Holm Bay in Antarctica.

Large glacier entering Havsbotn, the bay that forms the head of Lutzow-Holm Bay in Antarctica.

The glacier of the Geikie Plateau in Greenland.

Surveys by Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition (JARE) of 1957–62, revealed the large glacier in this position which they named after Lt. Nobu Shirase, leader of the Japanese Antarctic Expedition of 1911–12.

Canadian and US coast guard icebreakers in the Arctic Ocean.

Japanese icebreaker Shirase (AGB-5003)

Japanese icebreaker operated by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and is Japan's fourth icebreaker for Antarctic expeditions.

Japanese icebreaker operated by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and is Japan's fourth icebreaker for Antarctic expeditions.

Canadian and US coast guard icebreakers in the Arctic Ocean.

This glacier bears the family name of Lieutenant Nobu Shirase, a Japanese pioneer in Antarctic exploration.

Nobu Shirase, leader of the Japanese Antarctic Expedition

Kainan Maru (Antarctic expedition ship)

Converted fishing boat that was used as the expedition vessel during the Japanese Antarctic Expedition of 1910 to 1912.

Converted fishing boat that was used as the expedition vessel during the Japanese Antarctic Expedition of 1910 to 1912.

Nobu Shirase, leader of the Japanese Antarctic Expedition
Jubilee Dock, Sydney Harbour (1905)
Bay of Whales, photographed in 2007

The expedition was the brainchild of an army reserve officer, Lieutenant Nobu Shirase, who believed that Japan should take its place alongside the Western powers in the exploration of Antarctica.

Canadian and US coast guard icebreakers in the Arctic Ocean.

Japanese icebreaker Shirase (AGB-5002)

Japanese icebreaker operated by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and Japan's third icebreaker for Antarctic expeditions.

Japanese icebreaker operated by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and Japan's third icebreaker for Antarctic expeditions.

Canadian and US coast guard icebreakers in the Arctic Ocean.

) This glacier bears the family name, which is written in kanji, of Lieutenant Nobu Shirase, a Japanese pioneer of Antarctic exploration.

Ice barrier at Kainan Bay, with U.S. Navy Seabees visible near the edge of the full-size image

Kainan Bay

Iceport which indents the front of the Ross Ice Shelf about 37 nmi northeast of the northwestern end of Roosevelt Island, Antarctica.

Iceport which indents the front of the Ross Ice Shelf about 37 nmi northeast of the northwestern end of Roosevelt Island, Antarctica.

Ice barrier at Kainan Bay, with U.S. Navy Seabees visible near the edge of the full-size image

It was named by the Japanese Antarctic Expedition under Lieutenant Shirase Nobu which, in January 1912, effected a landing on the ice shelf here from the ship Kainan Maru.

September 2, 1946: Viceroy of India Wavell swears in transitional government

September 1946

The following events occurred in September 1946:

The following events occurred in September 1946:

September 2, 1946: Viceroy of India Wavell swears in transitional government
September 10, 1946: Sister Agnes Bojaxhiu receives "call within a call" and inspiration to become Mother Teresa
Future Indian Premier Nehru
Future Pakistani Premier Khan
Wallace
Clifford
Hank Williams
Berra
RCA 630-TS, first mass produced TV set

Died: Nobu Shirase, 85, leader of the Japanese Antarctic Expedition of 1911–1912