Washington D.C. Itinerary,
2/28/1872 – 5/4/1872
2/28 – 2/29:
The delegation arrived in Washington D.C. by train on February 28, 1872. The following day they received a bouquet from Hannah Grant, the first lady of the United States.
3/4 – 3/6
On March 4, 1872, the delegation attended a formal state reception at the White House.
The following days they visited the Capitol building and watched a debate in the House of Representatives. The group also went to the National Theater, which was decorated with crossed Japanese and American flags.
3/11 – 3/14
The delegates attended a banquet hosted by President Grant in the Blue Room of the White House.
Five Native Americans visited the Embassy at their hotel to have a brief interview.
The Embassy visited a home for soldiers, a care facility for veterans, and a college for African Americans.
4/2 – 4/3
The delegates received a tour of the Patent Office. Later, the group visited the U.S Printing Office and watched as steam-powered machines handled complex printing services.
4/16 – 4/30
The delegates attended a celebration for Emancipation Day in front of the White House. They were also treated to a tour of the Smithsonian Institution, took a boat cruise down the Potomac River, and visited the Department of the Treasury and the United States Postal Service.
5/4 – 5/30
The Iwakura Mission traveled to Annapolis, Maryland to visit the United States Naval Academy. Upon returning to Washington D.C., they watched a Civil War memorial service at Arlington Cemetery.