In 1854 Japan Willingly Entered Into A Trade Agreement With America

This agreement, concluded and duly signed, is binding and bindingly respected by the United States of America and Japan, as well as by the citizens and subjects of each power; and it must be ratified and approved by the President of the United States, by and with the Council and the approval of the Senate of Japan, and by the venerable ruler of Japan, and ratifications will be exchanged within eighteen months of the date of his signature, or earlier, if possible. The Japanese festival on the bridge, maintained by a large pile of officers from the various ships, was quite agitated under the influence of overcrowded reserves of champagne, Madeira and punch that seemed to benefit. The Japanese took the lead in the supply of health and toast, and they were far from the most backward when it came to drinking. They kept calling at the top of their voices and being heard well above the music of the bands that animated the entertainment through a series of fast and joyful melodies. In short, it was a scene of sociability, and very obvious pleasure on the side of the guests. The food was no less tasty to them than the drink, and the rapid disappearance of the large quantity and variety of Viands, which were abundant on the table, was a miracle, even for the most copious Of Americans. In the jealousy of the Japanese appetite, there was little discrimination in the choice of dishes and in the order of the aisles, and the most amazing heterodox was exposed in the confused mixture of fish, meats and poultry, soups and syrups, fruits and friezes, roasts and cooked, cucumbers and preserves. As a very generous offer had been provided, there were still a few remnants of the party after the guests had satisfied their inactions, and most of them, the Japanese, according to their custom, sided with their people to get rid of them. The Japanese always have an abundant amount of paper in the left breasts of their casual dresses in a generous bag. This use is used for a variety of purposes; a species as soft as our cotton handkerchief, and extremely hard, is used for a pocket handkerchief; another chooses the material to take notes or pack what`s left after a party.

On this occasion, at the end of the dinner, all the Japanese guests simultaneously stretched out their long folds of paper and picked up on which pieces they could put their hands on, regardless of the type of meal, formed an envelope of conglomerates, in which there was such confusion of sauer and sweet, albumin, oleagine and ice cubes. that Liebig`s chemistry, or the taste of the Commodore`s Parisian cook, would never have reached a satisfactory analysis. Nor was it the result of the gourve or a lack of breeding; It was the fashion of the country. These unsenterious packages have stored them in their pockets or in their generous sleeves to take them away. The practice was universal and not only did they follow it themselves, but they insisted that their American guests, when entertained at a Japanese party, accept it. Whenever the Commodore and his officers were on the ground, they had packets of paper of what they had to carry on their way out, for it seemed to be an important part of Japanese hospitality that could not be denied without insult. In July 1853 Commodore Perry sailed through Tokyo Bay with a four-member United States.