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Ikeda Nagaoki

(1837-1879), Japanese ambassador and leader of the Second Japanese Embassy to Europe

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Nagaoki was the governor of small villages in Ibara, Bitchu Province. He was chosen to lead a group of delegates from the Japanese Embassy to Europe, sent by Tokugawa Shogunate on 6 February 1864. In his role as head the mission became known as the 'Ikeda Mission'. The main objective of the mission was to secure a trading agreement with the French which would see the closure of the harbour of Yokohama to foreign trade to close the country to western influences and a desire to return to national seclusion or sakoku. The task was unsuccessful due to Yokohama being the centre of foreign presence in Japan since 1854 when the country was opened by Commodore Perry in 1854. The mission visited Egypt where the members were photographed in front of the Sphinx by Antonio Beato. When the mission reached France the members were photographed in Paris by Nadar. On 23 August 1864, the mission returned to Japan. It was a failure.

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Ikeda Nagaoki, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax196843

Ikeda Nagaoki

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, 1864
NPG Ax196843

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