Daimyo Matsudaira.  "Amerika raisoju saku hizon" [On the arrival of the Americans and the opening up of the country]. [Edo; c.1853.]
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Daimyo Matsudaira.
"Amerika raisoju saku hizon" [On the arrival of the Americans and the opening up of the country].
[Edo; c.1853.]
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Daimyo Matsudaira.
"Amerika raisoju saku hizon" [On the arrival of the Americans and the opening up of the country].
[Edo; c.1853.] A manuscript copy of an official report by Lord Matsudaira, on the situation relating to the arrival of Perry in Japan and how Japan should open up to overseas influence, 20 pp, 8vo, 265 x 190mm, on mulberry paper. The text with official corrections in red ink suggesting that this was a copy for circulation to the chamber or council. Some light worming to inner right margins just affecting text. Original Mulberry wrappers, stitched.
Provenance: Owari Fujinami (ownership ink chop stamp on upper cover).

Daimyo Katamori Matsudairo, 9th Daimyo of the Aizu, inherited the headship of his clan in 1852 aged 18, and with it a seat in the tamari no ma chamber, where matters of State were discussed in conjunction with the senior Council (a sort of senate). With the impending arrival of Perry, the Shogun mobilized a massive number of men and ships from a broad coalition of feudal domains. The Aizu had been ordered to provide security in the coastal areas of Kazusa and Awa provinces, as the Shogun had been pre-warned of Perry's arrival in 1853 both by the Dutch, who told him when they had set off from the US, and from spies in Okinawa and lookouts along the southern Japanese coasts. The Aizu provided coastal security in the Uraga area. When Perry anchored in Uraga bay, it was Aizu boats that surrounded the ships, and when he went ashore to deliver his letters, it was Aizu boats that provided security, and numerous Aizu forces assembled on the shore. With such firsthand knowledge, and despite his young age, this report was received and seriously ruminated over by the Chamber and Council. In 1862 he became Kyoto military commissioner, and following his defeat after the uprising against the Meiji Emperor in 1868, his life was spared, and he became a chief priest to the Nikko Toshogo Shrine until his death in 1893.
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