January 24, 1912: Shirase Japanese Antarctic Expedition

On January 23rd, 1912 Genzo Nishikawa (team leader), Kinzaburo Watanabe (cook) and Yasunao Taizumi (photographer) landed on Antarctica’s Edward VII Peninsula. The 3 members took records while exploring the area, encountering a group of Emperor penguins. Nishikawa and Watanabe traveled even further inland, arriving at the base of the Queen Alexandra Mountain Range on the 24th. They gathered exposed rocks and set a wooden pillar at that point, bearing the inscription “Erected January 24th, 1912 to commemorate the landing of the coastal party of the Japanese Antarctic Expedition.”

These were in fact the first men to have landed on and explored King Edward VII Land.

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