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Maiden Voyage

Joshua A. Fogel


After centuries of virtual isolation, during which time international sea travel was forbidden outside of Japan’s immediate fishing shores, Japanese shogunal authorities in 1862 made the unprecedented decision to launch an official delegation to China by sea. The Japanese dispatched the Senzaimaru to Shanghai with the purpose of investigating contemporary conditions of trade and diplomacy in the international city. Japanese from varied domains, as well as shogunal officials, Nagasaki merchants, and an assortment of deck hands, made the voyage along with a British crew, spending a total of ten ... More

Keywords: trade relations, Japan, Senzaimaru, China, diplomacy, bilateral treaty, East Asia, emissaries, Shanghai, voyage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780520283305
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520283305.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua A. Fogel, author
University of California, Santa Barbara