Glover House, Glover Garden • Thomas Blake Glover (1838–1911) was quite a character, which is presumably why the area is now called ‘Glover Garden’. He was a Scot who came to Japan at the age of 21, where he operated his merchant business, Glover & Co.
At first the business dealt with tea; however he soon became successful in selling ships, guns and ammunition to rebellious clans in the locality. He helped rebels to overthrow the shogun.
The shipbuilding company he founded later became the Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan; he helped to found the brewery Kirin, which survives today.
The house is sprawling, and there is a description of how it grew on display inside the building.