函館、八月下旬はいい気候です。温度も23度ですがすがしい気分というか温度です。函館駅前から路面電車で末広町まで、そっから 山手の方角へ 少し坂道できつい・・・。でもレトロビルというか レトロな建物だらけで 風景がすばらしい。
I went to Hakodate, the former British Consulate. You can see the ropeway to Mt. Hakodate, and the location is great!
Jo Niijima and Yoko Ono’s father founded Doshisha.
Hakodate has nice weather in late August. The temperature is 23 degrees, but it’s a refreshing feeling or a temperature. From in front of Hakodate Station, take the tram to Suehirocho, and then head towards Yamate. But retro building, or rather, he is full of retro buildings and the scenery is wonderful. You can see the ropeway to Mt. Hakodate, and the location is great! I saw Joe Niijima at the British Consulate. He watched his home on TV before coming to Hakodate. Yoko Ono was on TV and I was watching a historical program about my family. At that time, Yoko Ono’s father met Niijima while she was studying abroad in the United States, and when she founded Doshisha University, she was invited by Niijima, and it seems that Yoko Ono’s father was her second representative.
Niijima Jo was enrolled in the Meiji Naval Training Center.
Yoko Ono’s father, who was a university professor or something and was good at economics, later became a banker and got Yasuda’s wife. As a result, Yoko Ono will become the grandson of the Yasuda Zaibatsu. I think it’s a lot of money, but… As to why Niijima was in Hakodate, it seems that he was enrolled in the Naval Training Center in the late Edo period and traveled via Hakodate when he stowed away to America. At that time, Hakodate must have been an open port in Japan. But at the end of the Edo period, at the Naval Training Center, was Kaishu Katsu and Ryoma Sakamoto there? It’s going to be. In this era, the Edo shogunate was chased by the new government army and opened a government in this Ezo land. That was Hakodate, and the ships used to escape here were several ships, led by Takeaki Enomoto’s Kaiyo Maru. Takeaki Enomoto and Jo Niijima were naval personnel of the former shogunate. There are many people in this area who will later be called great men.
Consul Richard Eusden
Richard Yusden was a deputy consul in Hakodate until around 1880. The state of the British Consulate, or rather the way it was built, is like a park, with fields of flowers and lawns on both sides of the uphill. It feels like a consulate is standing in the park, but Yusden said that just as the sick need a hospital, the healthy people need a park, so he created this park for the citizens. In addition, the Yusden couple taught Hakodate how to wash their clothes in a Western style for the academic guidance of the prostitutes who worked in the red-light district. Even after the Yusdens returned to Japan, the women of this red-light district took over the direction of Western laundry, and it is said that Western laundry spread.
An American soldier famous for the Black Ships. He was then known as Perli. He came to Japan because Japan was closed to the rest of the world and urged negotiations to open the country. Perry first entered the port of Uraga and landed at Kurihama. After that, he stopped at Ryukyu and stayed there, then led the fleet and approached Yokohama to demand the opening of the port. He then signed the famous Treaty of Peace and Amity between the United States and Japan in Kanagawa. This must have been a big incident in Japan’s first opening of the country. I think it was the decision of Tairo Ii Naosuke, but I think it was a moment full of incidents, such as the Ansei Purge and the Sakuradamon Incident, which was appropriate for the beginning of a new era in Japan. In a sense, Naosuke Ii must have been a person with very good ideas. Wasn’t he a wonderful old man with a new way of thinking? Afterwards, Perry made a treaty with Ryukyu and apparently returned to New York via Hong Kong via England. It was a wonderful trip around the world. Hakodate was also opened.
I feel like most of the students studying abroad are people from Shokasonjuku.
Also, many of the people who went to America or England during this period were central figures of the Meiji Restoration. After the arrival of the black ships, he traveled abroad and I think he was very surprised by the culture and civilization. I think that surprise became the driving force behind the Meiji Restoration. I think so. A building is built, a locomotive is running, and there is also a carriage. I am usually surprised. There are many modern civilizations that Japan does not have. I feel like there are a lot of people from Shokasonjuku in this study abroad group. Was it because Shoin was the first to go overseas? Even so, looking at the reality of Britain, other European countries, and the United States, everyone must have been angry at Japan’s stupidity… Japan was too backward in civilization to compete with such foreign countries. Do you feel like you’re no good?