In 1852, Perry embarked from Norfolk, Virginia for Japan, in command of the East India Squadron in search of a Japanese trade treaty. Aboard a black-hulled steam frigate, he ported Mississippi, Plymouth, Saratoga, and Susquehanna at Uraga Harbor near Edo (modern Tokyo) on July 8, 1853. His actions at this crucial juncture were informed by a careful study of Japan’s Continue reading «Historical Events Today: 1853 – Commodore Matthew Perry reaches Japan!»Read more ›
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Kaifuku-ji Temple: Founded by Priest Ingen in 1658!, a set on Flickr. Kaifuku-ji Temple was founded by a Chinese priest Ingen in 1658. It was built in Fukagawa of Koto Ward but was transferred to the current site in 1910. This temple belongs to the Obaku-sect of Buddhism and was the only sect which was spread by the Chinese Buddhist Continue reading «Kaifuku-ji Temple: Founded by Priest Ingen in 1658!»Read more ›
Akira Kurosawa (March 23, 1910 – September 6, 1998) was a Japanese film director, screenwriter, producer, and editor. Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. Kurosawa entered the Japanese film industry in 1936, following a brief stint as a painter. After years Continue reading «Famous Birthdays today: 1910 – Akira Kurosawa, Tokyo Japan, director (Seven Samurai, Living).»Read more ›