|遣米使節三船の制作者 ●● 岡崎英幸氏に感謝状
Letter of Appreciation to Mr. Hideyuki Okazaki,●●the creator of the models of the three ships for the Japanese mission to the U.S.
Letter of Appreciation to Mr. Hideyuki Okazaki, sailing ship model artist
We visited Mr. Hideyuki Okazaki in Osaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, to present a letter of appreciation to him for his work on the models of the three sailing ships for the Japanese envoys to the United States. We also thanked the many people who donated to the production of the models. July 2007
Since I visited him in 1998 and asked him for help, Mr. Okazaki has spent nine years creating three models of the sailing ships. Furthermore, he thought it would be a pity for visitors to Tozenji Temple not to see a model of the Powhatan, while the three ship models could be rented out for the "Kozukenosuke Oguri Exhibition" and other events.
Several companies from the local press club came to cover my visit to Mr. Okazaki. They were amazed at the many parts in the process of being crafted.
Reporters asked me why I had decided to make models of the sailing ships and how I had come to know Mr. Okazaki.
Many pictures of sailing ships were displayed in the hallway of his house, showing Mr. Okazaki's artistic spirit.
| 敬 弔
・ポウハタン号 1隻め制作 これでいっぺんに「ポウハタン号」の名が広がりました
Respect and condolence
Mr. Hideyuki Okazaki passed away on March 5, 2021. Before his death, he made the following sailing ship models for us:
- The first model of the Powhatan: The name "Powhatan" spread rapidly with the completion of this model.
- The model of the Roanoke
- The model of the Niagara: With this, the "Three Ships for the Japanese Envoys to the U.S." were complete.
- The second model of the Powhatan: It was donated by Mr. Okazaki.
He also supported the campaign to honor Kozukenosuke Oguri as a member of the Tatsunami-kai at Tozenji Temple. I would like to express my gratitude and condolences for his support.
Taiken Murakami, the priest of Tozenji Temple
Visit to the grave of Sadayu Tamamushi
Hoshunin Temple: The grave of Sadayu Tamamushi, a samurai of the Sendai clan, is located in the precinct of the temple.
Sadayu Tamamushi accompanied the Japanese envoys to the U.S. in 1860 and wrote “Kobei Nichiroku (Diary of Visiting the U.S.).” It is astonishing to see how he wrote a detailed diary with the eyes of a modern person. I offered the leaflet of "Three Ships for the Japanese Mission to the United States" and incense in front of the tombstone, and read sutras.
Reading this page, you are eligible for membership of the Association for Removing the Kanrin Maru from School Textbooks.
Member's responsibility: Advocate removing the picture of the Kanrin Maru, which is falsely used to explain the Japanese mission to the U.S., from high schools’ history textbooks and supplementary readers, and putting the photo of the mission's visit to the Washington Naval Shipyard in its place.
Member's privilege: You can reveal your knowledge such as "Kaishu Katsu was not an envoy to the U.S.," "Kaishu Katsu returned from San Francisco," "The mission to the U.S. did not board the Kanrin Maru," "The construction of the Yokosuka shipyard was conceived from Kozukenosuke Oguri's visit to the Washington Naval Shipyard," etc.
|関連ページ ●遣米使節の旅|| Related Pages
●The journey of the Japanese envoy to the United States
US cities the Japanese delegation visited in 1860: Philadelphia
US cities the Japanese delegation visited in 1860: Washington
Brochure "Three Ships That Carried the First Japanese Embassy to the United States Around the World"
■Bridge of Hope （English) … 小栗上野介の業績を紹介するＪＥＷＬ発行の書籍
ＪＥＷＬ（Japanese Executive Women's League） in Los Angeles introduces the achievements of Kozukenosuke Tadamasa Oguri in the book they published.
| ■ Journey Around the World: The mission to the United States and the first Japanese to travel around the world, not taught in schools started by the Meiji government. They were the first Japanese to go around the world with a purpose.
■ Itinerary of the Japanese Mission to the United States: The Itinerary of the first Japanese to go around the world.
■ Visiting the course of the mission to the U.S. (Philadelphiai): Kozukenosuke Oguri insisted on an experiment to analyze U.S. and Japanese gold coins by full volume analysis.
■ Visiting the course of the mission to the U.S. (Washington DC): The main gate of the naval shipyard still existed.
■ Visiting the course of the mission to the U.S. (New York): They bypassed the Broadway to continue the parade on the way to the hotel.
■ Leaflet in Japanese and English, "Three ships that carried the mission to the U.S. and around the world": We have made the leaflet to advocate removing the Kanrin Maru from school textbooks.
■ Bridge of Hope (English) ... JEWL (Japanese Executive Women's League) in Los Angeles praises the achievements of Kozukenosuke Tadamasa Oguri in the book they have published.
■ President's medals: Gold, silver, and bronze medals were presented to the envoys and all the followers.
■ Toshichi Sato, a village master who traveled around the world: Gonda village master traveled around the world as a follower of Kozukenosuke Tadamasa Oguri.
■ Sadayu Tamamushi: The world that a Sendai clan samurai saw was fresh.
■ Oguri's Followers on the Mission to America: Nine Followers of Tadamasa Oguri
■ Miyoshi Gonzo, a follower of Tadamasa Oguri in the mission to the U.S.: He was from Shimane prefecture.
■ Achievements of the Japanese mission to the U.S.: Oguri brought back a screw nail.
■ Three ships for the Japanese mission to the U.S.: The USS Powhatan brought the mission to the U.S. by crossing the Pacific ocean and the Kanrin Maru was not used for the mission.
<Regarding Kanrin Maru>
■There have been false theories recently that "Settsunokami Yoshitake Kimura was a deputy envoy" and that "the ship on which the deputy envoy boarded was the Kanrin Maru." Where are the roots of them?
■ Captain John Mercer Brooke: The Kanrin Maru did not sink thanks to Brooke and John Manjiro.
■ Japanese people with the "Kanrin Maru disease": A syndrome that they feel uncomfortable unless they mention the Kanrin Maru and Kaishu Katsu in every occasion.
■ The Kanrin Maru myth created by Shushin textbooks: The "story" of the Kanrin Maru was taught in the national textbook "Shushin" from 1918 to 1945, and it still confuses Japanese people.
■ The Japanese envoys to the U.S. decided to use the Hinomaru as the national flag: They chose the Hinomaru as the national flag of Japan, which was originally a ship's seal.
■ Tommy Polka: Music of Onojiro Tateishi, a boy interpreter who became very popular in the U.S.
■ Mission to the U.S. and American Dairy Farming: The first Japanese to eat ice cream
■ Izu Shimoda, the town of the USS Powhatan
| ◇ List of the Japanese Delegation Members to the United States in 1860 (Link)
◇ “Kobeiki (Records of visiting the U.S.)” by Tetsuta Kimura, a follower of Tadamasa Oguri
◇ The Mission to the U.S.: Journey Around the World
◇ Book titled “The Records of Tadamasa Oguri’s Follower” by Taiken Murakami regarding the delegation to the U.S. in 1860