Matthew Fraleigh

Matthew Fraleigh’s annotated translation of Narushima Ryuhoku’s New Chronicles of Yanagibashi and Diary of a Journey to the West has just been awarded the 2011 Japan-US Friendship prize.

Glittering Cities: The Iwakura Embassy

Matthew Fraleigh, 14 April 2011

On 16 December 1872, six days before Parisians read in Le Temps of Phileas Fogg’s triumphant dash homeward, a group of Japanese travellers arrived in the city, halfway through their much more stately but no less adventurous tour around the world. Led by Iwakura Tomomi, the Iwakura Mission’s tour of the United States and 11 European nations was carefully documented by the...

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