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Politics / Diplomacy

Year: 1804-1878

Townsend Harris

Townsend Harris was a New York businessman. From 1856 to 1861, Harris served as the first United States Consul Gene...

Source: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

Published 03/15/2021

Politics / Diplomacy

Year: 1835-1916

Tetsunosuke Tomita

Tetsunosuke Tomita was appointed the first Vice Consul of the Consulate General of Japan in New York in 1873.

Source: © National Diet Library “The History of Tokyo Prefecture”

Published 03/15/2021

Politics / Diplomacy

Year: 1847-1889

Arinori Mori

Arinori Mori, a Meiji era diplomat, served as the first Chargé d'Affaires in the United States from 1871 to 1873.

Source: Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston © 2021 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Published 03/15/2021

Education

Year: 1851-1929

Ichizo Hattori

One of the international students at Rutgers University.

Source: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons, Courtesy Vassar College Library Special Collections

Published 03/15/2021

Education

Year: 1852-1901

Shigetada Komai

One of the international students at Rutgers University. Later, he became one of the founders of Senshu University.

Source: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Published 03/15/2021

Science

Year: 1854-1922

Jokichi Takamine

Jokichi Takamine was born in Takaoka, Toyama. He graduated from Tokyo Imperial University in 1879, and did postgrad...

Source: © Science History Institute, Williams Haynes Portrait Collection, Box 14. Science History Institute. Philadelphia

Published 03/15/2021

Politics / Diplomacy

Year: 7/29/1858

Treaty of Amity and Commerce Between the United States and Japan

The Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the United States and Japan was signed on July 29, 1858 and entered into f...

Source: Diplomatic Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Published 08/19/2021

First Contact with New York

Year: 6/20/1860

Gifts Presented to Japanese Shogunate Delegation

These photographs show a gold pocket watch and commemorative medal gifted to the Edo Shogunate delegation that trav...

Source: Diplomatic Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Published 08/18/2021

Education

Year: 1860-1919

Sutematsu Oyama, the First Japanese Woman to Study Abroad

Sutematsu Oyama (right side in the first image) is known as one of the first Japanese woman to study abroad, as wel...

Source: © National Diet Library 国立国会図書館

Published 03/15/2021

First Contact with New York

Year: 6/16/1860

The Japanese Diplomatic Mission in New York

From the Library of Congress: “Photo shows a crowd gathered in New York City for the arrival of Japan's first diplo...

Source: Library of Congress

Published 03/15/2021

First Contact with New York

Year: 6/25/1860

Metropolitan Hotel Ball

A wood engraving showing guests at a ball given by the City of New York in honor of the Japanese delegation. It was...

Source: Library of Congress

Published 03/15/2021

First Contact with New York

Year: 6/16/1860

Reception of the Japanese Embassy, New-York, June 16, 1860. Broadway looking up

From the Library of Congress: “Photograph shows the procession of Japanese embassy officials after their arrival in...

Source: Library of Congress

Published 03/15/2021