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The Historical News If it happened, We got it The Japanese’s Journey to San Francisco After days of rumors, the Japanese Embassy has finally arrived in the city of San Francisco. People were ecstatic to see the Kanrin Maru arriving to the shores. There were 77 samurais aboard the Kanrin Maru; they were supposed to arrive before the Japanese embassy as a vanguard. The Kanrin Maru was followed by a US ship called the USS Powhatan on March 29, 1860 carrying the Japanese embassy. She finally docked the harbor at 9:30 am. It took about two weeks for the Powhatan to arrive in San Francisco from Kanagawa, Japan. The Powhatan was scheduled to make a direct trip to San Francisco, but had to make a stop at Honolulu due to the shortage of coal.

The Japanese Embassy aboard the Powhatan was welcomed with a fifteen gun

The Japanese Embassy

salute. The Powhatan returned the salute, but the captain of the Powhatan was accidentally injured during the firings of the cannons. The American Navy was known for their accuracy so it must have been a pure coincidence that the captain was injured. During the first two days of their arrival, the Japanese Embassy was confined to their hotel rooms due to terrible weathers. On April 2nd, they were visited by the English, French, and the Sardinian consuls and also the Secretary Governor of California. Afterwards the embassy visited the mayor and there was a proper celebration to welcome the Japanese embassy .On the following day, the Japanese ambassador gave a beautiful katana to the mayor to represent our friendship. Two days later, the Japanese left and returned to their journey to D.C. With a gratifying experience, we bid farewell to the Japanese.

The Kanrin Maru Trading with Japan: Good or Bad Should the Japanese and Americans open up trade? Some people believe that trade is a bad idea because some trades are not as genuine as they seem. However, I still believe that the Japanese and the Americans should go through with this trading agreement. This agreement not only helps strengthen our relations with the Japanese, but it can also help us strengthen our society with new technology. Who knows what can we accomplish together? I believe this is the next step for the future growth of the new world as every country will soon unite.


The Japanese will benefit from trading with us and the Europeans. Right now, their country is not modernized because they do not have the technology that we have. It is critical for them that they catch up with the rest of us, or other countries might try and conquer them. Though, some Japanese citizens do not want to trade with us because they think have all the resources they need in their country. The Japanese may think they are fine at the moment, but happens if a country as powerful as Britain takes over? They can see that China was beaten badly by the British during the Opium War because the British had the latest technology. So as far as I can see, this trade will benefit both U.S and Japan. This will leave everything status quo.

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