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Glittering Cities

Matthew Fraleigh: The Iwakura Embassy, 14 April 2011

Japan Rising: The Iwakura Embassy to the USA and Europe 
by Kume Kunitake, edited by Chushichi Tsuzuki and R. Jules Young.
Cambridge, 528 pp., £17.99, April 2009, 978 0 521 73516 2
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... of the United States and 11 European nations was carefully documented by the group’s secretary, Kume Kunitake: Each day we were fully occupied and had scant time for rest … When we arrived at a destination, we would hasten to a hotel to unpack and immediately set out on a tour of observation. We spent days on trains with screaming wheels and ...

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