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The Story of Shimoda

How Japan Was Forcefully Opened

Donny Kimball
9 min readAug 5, 2021

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An artist’s rendition of Commodore Matthew C. Perry’s black ships sailing into Tokyo Bay
This story was originally published on donnykimball.com and has been syndicated here on Medium.

In 1853, on the 8th of July, the American navy steamed four of its mighty warships into the bay of the Shogun’s capital city. The crew carried an ultimatum for Japan to open up for trade. Though not the first foreign ships to appear off the coast of Japan, the country had by then been largely closed to…

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Donny Kimball

I'm a travel writer and freelance digital marketer who blogs about the sides of Japan that you can't find in the mainstream media. https://donnykimball.com/