Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg

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In 1853, few Japanese people knew that a country called America even existed.

For centuries, Japan had isolated itself from the outside world by refusing to trade with other countries and even refusing to help shipwrecked sailors, foreign or Japanese. The country's people still lived under a feudal system like that of Europe in the Middle Ages. But everything began to change when American Commodore Perry and his troops sailed to the Land of the Rising Sun, bringing with them new science and technology, and a new way of life.


About Rhoda Blumberg

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Rhoda Blumberg has written about the opening of Japan (1853-1854) in Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun, a Newbery Honor Book, which also won the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award and the Golden Kite Award. Her acclaimed histories also include The Incredible Journey of Lewis & Clark, The Great American Gold Rush, and The Remarkable Voyages of Captain Cook, all ALA Notable Books. She is the winner of the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for her overall contribution to nonfiction.Rhoda Blumberg says that while doing research for Commodore Perry, "I read about the ordeals and strange adventures of Manjiro, then spent years replaying his life story in my mind until I felt impelled to write about him."The author and her husband, Gerald, live in Yorktown Heights, New York.
Published June 20, 1985 by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard. 144 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Aware of this hazard, she explains ""how mistaken Commodore Perry was in his belief that Japan was uncivilized."" And she makes a point of balancing acts of ignorance--so that the sailors have a ""belly laugh"" when a Japanese guest on board drinks a glass of olive oil for wine, but ""the tables ...

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The volume contrasts cultural differences that the Japanese and Americans had to overcome and explains Japanese feudal society;

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Even so, beguiled by tales of samurais excitedly riding a toy railroad bestowed by the Americans, of Dutchmen made to jump and dance to amuse the shogun's court, of the Japanese fashion for black-painted teeth, young history hounds will eagerly gobble up this excellent account.Families can talk a...

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