In 219 BCE, Xu Fu, a Chinese explorer and alchemist, would set out in search of the elixir of life. Instead, legend says he discovered Japan.
Xu Fu and the Exploration of Japan
The Chinese sorcerer is dispatched to find the elixir of life on the legendary island of Penglai – the home of the Immortals. Xu would go on to reach Japan – and perhaps set himself up as the island’s first emperor.