Nakoku receives a golden seal
Southpaw Ben The Chinese Han emperor Guangwu of Han gave the seal to an envoy from the Nakoku kingdom, which is located on Kyushu, the southern most of Japan's four main islands. The seal was made of 95% pure gold and is a square seal with a coiled serpent for a handle. The text on it reads "King of the Japanese country of Na of Han", and likely signifies that the Nakoku kingdom was a vassal state of the Chinese Han empire. This seal was rediscovered on April 12, 1784 by a farmer repairing a drainage ditch, and was surrounded by stone, the lid of which was so heavy it required 2 people to life it. This seal is believed to have been described in the "Book of the Later Han", which is a chronicle of the Eastern Han Dynasty. The book states that the emperor conferred the seal to a diplomat who was on visiting from Japan.