Commodore Perry & the Black Ship Kawaraban
Japanese hand-painted Kawaraban depicting the arrival of Commodore Perry and the Black Ships. The ships are well-painted with information about their sizes. It mentions the location of the scene as East Uraga, mouth of Edo Bay, and roughly the same location that Commodore Biddle anchored at 7 years before. American Commodore James Biddle arrived at Uraga (mouth of Edo Bay) on July 20, 1846. Biddle anchored two warships (USS Columbus and the USS Vincennes) at Uraga in an attempt to open Japan to American trade. The Shogun responded that Japan did not allow communication or commerce with foreign nations and that Biddle should leave immediately. Seven years later Commodore Perry entered Uraga with four warships and secured a treaty with Japan.