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Abroad Bakumatsu 1860s Unknown
Illustration of the Japanese Embassy to the United States (万延元年遣米使節, Manen Gannen Kenbei Shisetsu) dispatched by the Tokugawa shogunate in 1860 (Manen 1) to ratify the new Treaty of Friendship, Commerce, and Navigation. It was Japan’s first diplomatic mission to the United States.

The Japanese embassy was lead by Ambassador Shinmi Masaoki (新見豊前守正興, 1822-1869), Vice-Ambassador Muragaki Norimasa (村垣淡路守範正, 1813-1880), and Observer Oguri Tadamasa (小栗豊後守忠順, 1827-1868).

Original caption: “Group of principal officers of the Japanese embassy in full costume.” Left to right: Tsukahara Masayoshi (塚原重五郎昌義, 外国奉行支配 調役, 1825-?), Naruse Masanori (成瀬善四郎正典, 外国奉行支配組頭, 1742-1820), Morita Okataro Kiyoyuki (森田岡太郎清行, 勘定組頭, 1812 -1861), Osakabe Tetsutaro Masayoshi (刑部鉄太郎政好, 御徒目付)

Originally published in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper on Saturday June 9, 1860 (v. 10, no. 237). Engraving after a photo by Mathew B. Brady (1822–1896), one of the first American photographers.
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