Saburosuke Nakajima, born in Uraga, he was a trained ship builder, he was one of the samurai who boarded Commodore Matthew Perry.'s ship in 1853. His detailed observation of the ships' interior allowed him to build a Western-style warship. Nakajima set up Japan's first real shipbuilding works and set to work. "The three-masted barque, called the Ho-o Maru, was completed in just six months and is testament to the extent of the knowledge and expertise in shipbuilding Nakajima had acquired.