Commodore Perry and his squadron of ships arrived in Japan’s waters on July 8, 1853. He was eager to deliver a letter from President Millard Fillmore, seeking friendship and a trade agreement. After seeing Perry’s ships, however, the Japanese went into a state of panic. As Blumberg notes, “General alarms were sounded. Temple bells rang, and messengers raced throughout Japan to warn everyone that enemy aliens were approaching by ship.” It was clear that the Japanese were convinced that “barbarians were about to punish them for their sins.”
The Japanese had lived in isolation for over two hundred years. They had prevented any foreigners from entering or any ships to land at Japanese ports. “In 1850 they had no steam engine, no factory, or no modern firearms. And, amazing to relate, the ladies and gentlemen of Japan adopted no new fashions in wearing apparel!”
At first, small boats attempted to convince Perry and his men to leave the area. Then a Japanese aide to the governor, Kayama, offered to deliver the President’s letter. Perry was growing more impatient. Morrison explains, “Perry sent word that he would wait but three or four days before putting his dread alternative of landing an armed force and delivering the letter in person at Edo Castle.”
After days of little ...
... middle of paper ...
...a, people relish the Black Ships in July. They salute the Commodore who brought them peacefully into a new world that eventually would have forced them to change from their world of isolation.
Blumberg, Rhoda. Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun. New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers, 1985.
Feifer, George. Breaking Open Japan. New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers, Smithsonian Books, 2006.
Gordon, Andrew. A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Morison, Samuel Eliot. “Old Bruin” Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry.
Boston, MA: Little, Brown & Company, 1967.
Smulyan, Susan. Perry Visits Japan. Updated 2011. Brown University Research.
Sugimoto Etsu Inagaki. A Daughter of the Samurai. New York: Doubleday, 1930.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Before Commodore Matthew Perry’s expedition, Japan was mostly isolated from outside influences with the exception of China and some minimal Dutch interaction. Due to this extreme isolation, Japan as a nation was weak and primitive comparatively. However, once Japan was forced to open up to the West, they recognized the urgency for their nation’s military and technological advancement. From abolishing the Samurai class, opening opportunities for former peasants to advance and grow, to building modern industries, the Japanese made necessary changes in pursuit of becoming a world power.... [tags: japanese history, expedition]
2419 words (6.9 pages)
- Commodore Matthew Perry: Breaking Open Japan Many other countries tried to open trade with Japan but only the United States had successfully a mission to open trade with Japan.This great achievement is credited to Commodore Matthew Perry because of his mission. Perry’s mission lead to the Treaty of Kanagawa and many issue in Japan. Japan Opening trade with the United States changed the future of Japan for the worst. Many countries had tried to open trade in Japan. Most of those missions had failed until Commodore Matthew Perry’s mission from 1852 to 1854.... [tags: mission, perry]
633 words (1.8 pages)
- There is more to Japan than kimonos and sushi. This unique and creative culture is only known for the stereotypes media associated with that country. In response to that, a critical question to ponder is “How is Japan influenced by the demographic imperative?”. With that mentioned, I argue that Japan remains culture that focuses on tradition while accepting and adapting to ideologies of Western culture. To begin this essay, a brief history of two major events that impacted Japan will be discussed to get a better understanding of its current ways of living today.... [tags: Japan, China, Government of Japan, Western culture]
1212 words (3.5 pages)
- Commodore Matthew Perry: American Black Ships in the Land of the Samurai One hundred and fifty years ago, an American commodore was assigned by the American President to go to “the barbarian land.” The commodore’s name was Matthew Perry and the land was Japan (Walworth 18). He was curious enough to become interested in the mission, even though it was said that “the Japanese were the least interesting people in the world” at that time (Graff 63). Japan had been closed to the outside world for 250 years.... [tags: Essays Papers]
3097 words (8.8 pages)
- Legacy of Matthew C. Perry Can the diplomatic strategy of the United States be affected by the possibility of the North Korean government, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, systematically causing the death of millions of North Korean citizens. As Senior Enlisted leaders, it is of the upmost importance to keep the history, heritage, and traditions of the respective branches of service alive, and to share the relevance with all service members below, above and horizontal regardless of rank or position held.... [tags: naval, war, Japan]
784 words (2.2 pages)
- Legacy of Matthew C. Perry In1890 Alfred Thayer Mahan urged the United States to “look outward not inward. The production of the country demands it” (4). As senior enlisted leaders, it is of the upmost importance to keep the history, heritage, and traditions of all branches of service alive, because defining the past provides the model for the future of military service. This paper will outline the history of Matthew C. Perry’s exploits in Japan, and discuss the impact of those exploits. History Commodore Matthew C.... [tags: exploits, japan, trade]
722 words (2.1 pages)
- Midterm Question—1 Tokugawa Ieyasu was a great samurai fighter and cunning politician. In battle of Sekigahara Tokugawa defeated his major rivals and established Tokugawa government. His headquarter was established in village of Edo away from the imperial families in Kyoto. Ieyasu and successors choose to rule as shoguns, or feudal lords, demanding loyalty from the daimyo and exercising direct control only over their own territorial domains. The people saw the emperor as divine descent of sun goddess Amatersau, however, established the emperor as the ultimate source of political authority and surrounded the imperial throne with thicket of taboos that protected it from usurpation.... [tags: essays research papers]
741 words (2.1 pages)
- Japan, an isolated island located in the Pacific Ocean in East Asia, surprised the world when it first opened its doors to Western influence in 1854. While it had a strict policy about maintaining its isolation, it had no choice but to succumb to imperialism. When Commodore Matthew Perry visited, Japan realized that isolation had resulted in their inability to develop economically and militarily with the industrialized world. Thus from 1854 to 1914, the Japanese changed from being under the influence of imperialism to becoming an imperialist nation, as well as coming out of feudalism and going to into modern militarism.... [tags: Regional Power, China, Russia]
993 words (2.8 pages)
- Transformation of Japan During the time period between the 1850s and 1950s, Japan underwent massive changes politically, economically, and socially. Acknowledging the failure of isolation, Japan imitated the West in an attempt to modernize, however, still retaining its own identity. A reorganized and more centralized government allowed Japan to industrialize in half the time it took the nations of Western Europe. Industrialization provided Japan with the tools needed to transform itself from a half civilized and “backwards” society during isolation, to a dominating superpower during WWII.... [tags: History Historical Japanese Essays]
1214 words (3.5 pages)
- Japan, a country made up of islands, has a very extensive history that goes along with it. Recorded Japanese history beings about A.D. 400. It is believed that Japan was created by the sun goddess, from whom the emperors descended. The first emperor was Jimmo, who supposedly ascended the throne in 660 B.C. There're two main reasons for this report. To give people an overview of Japanese History, and what happened to make it what it has become. Also, to give a better understanding on what happened, and facts that led up to certain Japanese events.... [tags: essays research papers]
694 words (2 pages)