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Japan Through American Eyes: The Journal of Frances Hall, 1859-1866

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Publisher Comments:

This abridgement of the unique journal of Francis Hall, America's leading business pioneer in nineteenth-century Japan, offers a remarkable view of the period leading to the Meiji Restoration. An upstate New York book dealer, Hall went to Japan in 1859 to collect material for a book on the country and to serve as correspondent for Horace Greely's New York Tribune. Seeing the opportunities for commerce in Yokohama, he helped found Walsh, Hall, and Co., an institution that became one of the most important American trading houses in Japan. Hall was a shrewd businessman, but also a perceptive recorder of life around him. Privately preserved for more than a hundred years, this document shows Hall to have been an astute observer and story-teller as well as an influential opinion-maker in the United States during the crucial decade of the American Civil War and the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate. While contemporary American and British diplomatic accounts have focused on the official record, Hall reveals the private side of life in the treaty port. The publication of his journal, now in abridged form for the student and general reader, furnishes us with an insightful and sensitive portrayal of Japan on the eve of modernity.

Book News Annotation:

A upstate New York book dealer, Hall went to Japan in 1859 to collect material for a book on the country and to serve as correspondent for the New York Tribune. He discovered business opportunities in Yokohama and founded what became one of the most important American trading houses in Japan. Notehelfer (history and Japanese studies, U. of California-Los Angeles) has abridged his journal, which reveals insights into private life and business in the treaty port.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The best and most perceptive account of what Japan was like in the last years of the Tokugawa feudal regime. Halls journal is filled with details and insight into the conditions that created the Meiji Restoration and the role that the arrival of Americans and Europeans played in this process. It is filled with important insights, ethnographic details, and the true text of Treaty Port life.

About the Author

Fred G. Notehelfer is professor of history and director of the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. His books include Kôtoku Shûsui: Portrait of a Japanese Radical and American Samurai: Captain L.L. Janes and Japan. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813338675
Other:
Notehelfer, Fred G.
Author:
Hall, Francis
Author:
Notehelfer, Fred G.
Author:
Hall, Francis
Publisher:
Westview Press
Location:
Boulder, Colo.
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
History
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
Japan History Restoration, 1853-1870.
Subject:
World History-Japan
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Abridged:
Y
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20010331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in 16.7 oz

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The best and most perceptive account of what Japan was like in the last years of the Tokugawa feudal regime. Halls journal is filled with details and insight into the conditions that created the Meiji Restoration and the role that the arrival of Americans and Europeans played in this process. It is filled with important insights, ethnographic details, and the true text of Treaty Port life.
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