Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan

This exhibit showcases Japanese woodblock prints that represent Commodore Matthew C. Perry's journey to and treaty with Japan. Closed to foreign traders for hundreds of years, Japan resisted earlier American attempts to form a trade agreement, but finally opened its doors with the Treaty of Kanagawa. This treaty allowed Japanese and American cultures to interact for the first time. The exhibit's prints represent how each culture viewed the other.

Interesting artifacts in the Perry exhibit include:

Commodore Perry
Commodore Perry