Entrance of the simoda harbour(1)
[ID] 913  ( ID:913 )
[Photographer] unknown
[Place] Shimoda
[Date] unknown
[Color] mono
[Size] 176x104
[Cabinet] 19-29-0
[Keyword] view/historic sites/island/harbour
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Shimoda is known as a port opened to foreigners at the end of the Edo era. The Shogunate appointed a Shimoda Bugyo (magistrate) there in 1853, when the US fleet came to Uraga and demanded that ports be opened for trade. The Shogunate ordered them to enter Shimoda Harbour. It was also here that Perry landed in 1854. Shimoda was blessed with the features of a good natural harbor. The first US Consulate was opened here, the scene of a diplomatic drama between the US and Japan.