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Perry Japan Expedition]
MANUSCRIPT MENU FOR A BANQUET GIVEN AT THE YOKOHAMA TREATY HOUSE FOR THE AMERICAN DELEGATION LED BY COMMODORE PERRY]
[Yokohama, 1854. [1]p. Oblong folio sheet, previously folded. A couple minor creases, with very light dampstaining at foot of sheet. Very good. An impressive survival from Commodore Perry's expedition, a decorative manuscript menu from the banquet that celebrated the agreement of the Treaty of Kanagawa between the United States and Japan in 1854. Although an official and extensive trade agreement between the two countries was not reached until 1858, the Treaty of Kanagawa achieved Perry and the United States government's primary goal of opening Japan to U.S. trade by allowing the use of two ports at Shimoda and Hakodate by American ships, granting a degree of freedom of movement to American sailors while in port, and establishing diplomatic relations via the appointment of an American consul. The banquet was held in the Treaty House at Yokohama, which had been purpose-built for negotiating the agreement between the two countries. It was a return engagement, following a first event hosted by the Americans on board Perry's flagship, the U.S.S. Powhatan, at which copious amounts of lamb, beef, and whiskey were reportedly served. The menu for the Japanese meal reflected the country's altogether different culinary tastes, offering a long series of soup and seafood courses, including sea bream and a number of other fish. It is unclear which side found the other's food more distasteful, but Perry remarked that the Japanese offerings "Seemed particularly meager in comparison with American fare, and soup, however desirable in its proper place, was found to be but a poor substitute f … [Click Below for Full Description]
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