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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:18 pm    Post subject: East met West for the first time in San Francisco in 1860 Reply with quote
Article in the Los Angeles Times regarding the 150th anniversary this month of the 1860 Japanese embassy to the United States.

Article in http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-fukuzawa21-2010mar21,0,6359406.story
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Very good article. Thanks for posting.

I have one of the original 75 (?) large medals that President Buchanan handed out to each member of the J govt delegation in commemoration of their trip.

They were not the first Japanese arrivals of course. The article does not mention the earlier arrival of the young 'Joseph' Hiko/Heco and the other members of the crew who were picked up after a storm off Japan 10 years earlier and brought to San Francisco. He shook hands with three presidents: Pierce, Buchanan and Lincoln I believe. He was also the first Japanese naturalized US citizen.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
That's quite an artifact to own, one of those medals. I won't ask how you got it; it's none of my business. But, just, a very cool thing to own. I'm impressed and envious.
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