Image: Oyster Stands in Fulton Market, New York City 
Source: Courtesy of the New York Public Library  

As the delegates journeyed across the Eastern United States, they were often served oysters at events and parties. Kunitake Kume attributed their frequent oyster-eating to the abundance of oyster beds in the New York Bay and Americans’ view of the shellfish as a delicacy. Kume didn’t disagree – he thought that oysters were both delicious and a useful digestive aid.


Kume, Kunitake. “THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.” Japan Rising: The Iwakura Embassy to the USA and Europe, edited by Chushichi Tsuzuki and R. Jules Young, 101. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511721144.