An extremely interesting makemono recording the arrival of the Amerika-Jin Steamboat at Uraga Dock;

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An extremely interesting makemono recording the arrival of the Amerika-Jin Steamboat at Uraga Dock;
Edo Period

Sold for £ 7,800 (US$ 10,796) inc. premium
An extremely interesting makemono recording the arrival of the Amerika-Jin Steamboat at Uraga Dock;
Edo Period
Dated Kaei Rokunen rokugatsu mika [June 3rd, 1853] and timed as Saru no Koku. The scroll illustrates the uniforms, headress, accoutrements, percussion and musical instruments of the Foreigners with illustrations of their three-masted steamboat and their processional parade ['kogun']. The camp of the Daimyo's reception party, decorated with mon from the Clan of Toda Ujiaki, follows the progress of the Foreigner's arrival. The scroll finishes with a panorama showing the disposition of the American Ships at anchor in the Uraga bay.

Footnotes

  • Whilst Commodore Matthew Perry is not mentioned in the narrative by name, this scroll illuminates in some detail the fascination which must have been felt by the Toda Samurai at their historic meeting with the American Gaijin. Toda Ujiaki, who had been appointed by the Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyoshi [ruled 1837-1853] to meet with Perry, arrived from Edo to be handed a letter from the American President, Millard Fillmore. This event changed the Japanese perspective forever, influencing the national direction from Bakufu to Imperial Government.

    Perry's vessels entered Uraga Bay in Sagami Province on the 8th July, 1853, departing about a week later after Perry's meeting with Toda Ujiaki, the Daimyo of Ogaki. The calendrical discrepancy between the date on the makemono and the known date of Perry's arrival is presumably partly the result of Japan's usage of the Chinese computation for months and years.
An extremely interesting makemono recording the arrival of the Amerika-Jin Steamboat at Uraga Dock;
An extremely interesting makemono recording the arrival of the Amerika-Jin Steamboat at Uraga Dock;
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