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S t e p h a n i e To m 3/10/10 Ms. Ly computer app

Tom

JAPANESE EMBASSY Advertisements March 30, 1860 Recap of How We Arrived in the Americas after Two Centuries of No Foreign Trade (Article 1)

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We the Japanese have been shut out of the rest of the world because we felt that we did not feel like we needed supplies from other nations. No one could come and trade with us, nor could we trade with them. That all began to change after a man named Commodore Matthew C. Perry arrived in Edo bay, July 8 1853. He brought with him what we called four “black ships” everyone was shocked; we had never before seen such huge ships in our lifetimes. To this day those ships still remain in my eyes. Being closed to foreign trade for over two centuries we had never seen ships that big let alone those massive black cannons staring us in the face. He came with a negotiation we have to open up our doors to the Americas and let them trade with us. He told us he would come back in one year and threatened us with war if we refused. Our fellow shoguns had no choice but to accept the fact that there was no way out of this, we had one big disadvantage, being shut out from the Amity on March 31 bworld for so many years we simply did not have enough technology to rage war between much more advanced countries. If we let them trade with us we ourselves would also be able to advance and we could “modernize” and make ourselves an advanced country as well. Our Japanese people were frustrated that the shoguns made this decision we felt that this would destroy our traditions, but we had no choice. March 8, 1854 as promised are famous. As they begin to show us their advanced transportation system in Japan we are beginning our own first step to becoming modernized. We will learn from the Americans and hope to achieve what we came here for, to catch up with the rest of the nations in the race for industrialization. Commodore Perry returns to Edo Bay this time bringing seven war ships and 1,600 men to make a treaty. We decide to sign the Peace of Amity on March 31 but refuse to buy or sell anything. February 10, 1860 The Kanrin Maru(a ship that was ordered from the Netherlands) departs from Edo Bay hoping to reach the Americas. At long last they arrive at San Francisco on March 18 1860, a rather odd city with its diversity and the different smells of foods we have never seen before. The San Franciscans were appalled as we were, they had never seen such strange clothes as ours and we could say the same to them. They greeted us and invited us to come see what was in store for us, we stayed in a “hotel” they were very generous and take care of us as customers. February 13, 1860 mean while yet another ship the Powhatan departs from Kanagawa this time with our 77 Samurai also known as the Japanese Embassy. They arrive in San Francisco on March 29. The American news papers begin to fill with our pictures on our arrival, many of the Americans treasure us as if we are famous. As they begin to show us their advanced transportation system in Japan we are beginning our own first step to becoming modernized. We will learn from the Americans and hope to achieve what we came here for, to catch up with the rest of the nations in the race for industrialization

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Losing Our Tradition

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A problem arises once we realize what has happened over the last years. After our country, since we have agreed to trade with foreigners and other nations, after being shut out from the world for two centuries, our nation does not know what is worth more than the other. The question is should we stick to trading with other foreigners? There are two sides to this, many of us disagree with trading because it basically tells us to drop what we have been doing for over two centuries and follow the world’s footsteps, the problem with that is other nations will manipulate us and use trickery to get our prized possessions that we exclusively have in our country. Some are frustrated that it was a treat to force us to

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trade with the rest of the world, we were fine without the rest of the world but it seems that they have advanced far beyond what we thought they could achieve. Others agree that trading is a must in order to keep up with the rest of the world, we may see some of them as enemies but if we learn what weapons and machines they have created we can sustain our own nation and we too will advance so we do not get left behind and we will not become defenseless. Probably the biggest flaw right now, is that we do not have a clue what anything is worth, for all we know we could be giving them rare jewels while they trade us in fake currency. We also worry about our traditions being lost, other countries will throw their religion on us and our history will be forgotten. Another question comes to mind do we the Japanese stay loyal to our own country and our traditions as we have for two centuries? Or do we give all that up our religions our traditions because of an empty threat that someone has requested that we open our doors so they can come and put their

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greedy hands on our soil and take away everything that we have worked so hard for? For now though, it seems that we have no choice whether we like it or not we will have to trade, but not all will be lost as we begin to learn what the rest of the world has in store for us we too will gain enough power so other countries will begin to fear us and we will show them how rapidly we can advance. We may have been forced to open our doors but we will show the

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world in due time that we too can be a fearful nation.

Tom


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