The Ertugrul Story
On the evening of September 16, 1890, the Ottoman frigate Ertugrul, caught in a typhoon, crashed along the Japanese coast in Wakayama Prefecture. Hundreds of Turkish and Arab sailors died on that tragic night, and only 69 men were able to struggle up the rocky coast and survive. Among the dead was the charming leader of the mission, Rear Admiral Osman Pasha,son-in-law of the Navy Minister. The Ertugrul had come to Japan on a mission of friendship. The ship had spent the summer at the port of Yokohama, and Osman Pasha had dined and danced at the Rokumeikan inTokyo. He had been entertained by Foreign Minister Shuzo Aoki,Prime Minister Aritotomo Yamagata, and ever the Meiji Emperor himself. Newspaper accounts were unanimous in declaring Osman Pasha to be a gallant and likeable man. After the Ertugrul tragedy, Japanese of all stations collected money to aid the survivors, and they were treated lavishly as they recuperated in a quarantine station in Kobe. Through the care and efforts of both ordinary Japanese and the government, all 69 of the survivors were restored to health. Two Japanese warships were detailed to return the survivors back to Istanbul. The Ertugrul story is now remembered as a foundation stone for Japan-Turkey friendship, but, in fact it was more than that: It was the beginning of Japan's modern encounter with the Islamic world as a whole.
Turkish Restaurant&Bar Ertugrul :
Cuisine of the Ottoman Empire has been established in honor of the sacrifice made by Osman Pasha and his crew in forging the first link in japanese-Islamic friendship, In the city of Kitakyushu, not far from the Kanmon Straits, which resemble so much the Bosporus Straits of Istanbul, the Turkish Restaurant&Bar Ertugrul will serve to introduce the cuisine and c ulture of lands that exist on the opposite end of the great continent of Asia.
Turkish Restaurant&Bar Ertugrul