"Nippon at the End of the Edo Period" Exhibition

Tobacco & Salt Museum

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2008 marks the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Amity and Commerce that was drawn between the Tokugawa shogunate and the United States. The treaty officially symbolized Japan's opening of its borders to the international world and marked the start of foreign goods and guests flowing into the country. As Japanese people also became increasingly critical of the shogunate, people's interest and curiosity towards western culture and people gained momentum. Eventually these tides of time would result in the end of the Tokugawa family's rule and of the last samurai government.

This exhibition will present resources on Townsend Harris, the first American Consul General to Japan, Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, historic photographs and other historic materials to recreate the lives of the Japanese populace at the end of the Edo era.

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[Image: Yoshiiku Utagawa "Ikokukotoba Rango" (December, 1860) ]

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From 2007-11-23 To 2008-01-14

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