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オールドレンズと巡る開港の町・下田 / Shimoda, a Port Town, with an Old Lens.

By Minakoshoh @minakotokyo
オールドレンズと巡る開港の町・下田 Shimoda, Port Town, with Lens.オールドレンズと巡る開港の町・下田 / Shimoda, a port town, with an old lens.

During the Edo period, Shimoda prospered as a seaport, and was a major port of call for coastal vessels travelling between Osaka and Edo. Until 1721, as a security measure, all vessels were obligated to call at Shimoda before proceeding on to Edo.

During the Bakumatsu period, Shimoda port was opened to American trade under the conditions of the Convention of Kanagawa, negotiated by Commodore Matthew Perry and signed on March 31, 1854. Shimoda was also the site of Yoshida Shōin's unsuccessful attempt to board Perry's 'black ships' in 1854.

The first American Consulate in Japan was opened at the temple of Gyokusen-ji under Consul General Townsend Harris. Harris negotiated the Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the two countries, which was signed at nearby Ryōsen-ji in 1858. Gyokusen-ji is also the location of a small number of foreign graves dating from as early as 1854 marking the final resting place of US forces personnel that died while serving as a part of the Black Ship fleet.

Japan's relations with Imperial Russia were also negotiated in Shimoda, and in 1855 the Treaty of Shimoda was signed at Chōraku-ji.

In June 1859, with the opening of the port of Yokohama to foreign trade, the port of Shimoda was again closed and the American consulate was relocated to Zenpuku-ji in Edo.(*refet to: Wikipedia org)

Shimoda-City, Shizuoka-Prefecture, Japan
Carl Zeiss Planner 50mm F1.7, Sony α7ⅱ
June 2016

Carl Zeiss Planner 50mm F1.7(オールドフィルムレンズ), Sony α7ⅱ

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