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Hokkaido Meiji 1870s Kuichi Uchida

Panoramic view of Hakodate in Hokkaido.

The large ship in the harbor appears to be the Meiji-maru (明治丸), which anchored here from July 16 to 18, 1876 (Meiji 9) during a visit of Emperor Meiji.

The trees in the center surrounded several temples, which were lost in the great fire of 1878 (Meiji 11).

The white building to the right of these trees is Hakodate Hospital (函館病院).

This image has been attributed to Japanese photographer Kuichi Uchida (内田 九一, 1844–1875) because it is featured in an Uchida album (YA033) at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto.

However, if the ship is indeed the Meiji-maru during its visit in 1876 (Meiji 9), this can not be correct as Uchida had died the previous year.

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