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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:38 am    Post subject: Samurai in New York Reply with quote
There may have been an old thread about this, but if there is, I can't find it.

A few years back, the Museum of the City of New York hosted an exhibit about the 1860 samurai embassy to the US, specifically the New York section of the trip. The exhibit was pretty incredible, shedding light on a rather obscure (but interesting) historical event, and sharing numerous artifacts that I was surprised to find the museum - or private owners - still had, and could be found, such as a katana given as a gift from the delegation to a prominent New York figure; the sword was then passed down through the generations and kept in very good condition, but its origin or meaning (i.e. its ties to the 1860 delegation) was lost. And then rediscovered.

Anyway, all my photos from the exhibition (mostly of gallery labels, but some of artifacts and such too) are now up, if anyone is interested:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/toranosuke/tags/samuraiinnewyork/
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:21 pm    Post subject: The Names of the Four Samurai Reply with quote
Lordmeth, do you know the names of the four samurai in the photo at the museum? From looking at the photos on other sites, I'm sure the man in the middle is Ambassador Shinmi Masaoki. Those on either side of Shinmi are probably Oguri Tadamasu and Muragaki Norimasa (comparing their faces and height from other photos). The largest man in the back may be Konagai Gohachiro.

Here are the photos I found:

http://www.ny.us.emb-japan.go.jp/150JapanNY/en/photo.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_Embassy_to_the_United_States_%281860%29

Some photos of Fukuzawa Yukichi, the great Meiji modernizer are also included.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hm. I'm embarrassed to say I hadn't really given it much thought. I think your assumption sounds perfectly reasonable.
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