Re: [SCA-JML] First Japanese encounters in the U.S.
- That sounds like the one, i couldnt remember the exact details..
txsamurai <txsamurai@...> wrote:I know that this is off-topic but since people were discussing about
1860 pictures of Japanese in America, I thought I put in what I know.
You are probably referring to the Kanrin-maru trip (1860). This the
first Japanese expedition to America. The Kanrin Maru was manned by
Japanese and served as the escort ship to the first Japanese
delegation to the United States. The delegation sailed to Washington
D.C. aboard the U.S.S. Powhatan, commanded by Commodore Josiah
Tattnall (for part of the trip).
The Japanese ambassadors, Shimmi Fusajiro Masaoki (Japanese chief
ambassador) and Muragaki Yosaburo Norimasa (second ambassador),
met the President on 3/17/1860.
The delegation's trip was as follows:
Honolulu (met King Kamehameha and Queen Emma)
San Francisco (3/29/1860)
Panama (crossed the Isthmus by train)
New York City.
The Kanrin-maru trip was significant in two ways IMO. The captain was
Katsu Kaishu who later became the founder of the Japanese navy. His
navigator was John Manjiro, a Japanese educated in Fairehaven and
New Bedford area (circa 1841) and whose assistance through the years
helped Japan-U.S. relations.
For what it's worth--Joseph Heco aka Hamada Hikozo (1837-1897) was
another shipwrecked Japanese. He became the first Japanese to
become a naturalized American and was involved to some extent on
the American side of things during this time.
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