Vassals of the shogun with knowledge of foreign nations, including the young technocrat Ayasaburo Takeda, held a formal conference with Matthew Perry in Hakodate.
During the meetings between Takeda’s group and Perry, the shogun’s delegates were accommodated by Matajiro Kojima, a senior town official and the owner of a large store which dealt in liquor and sundries. Ayasaburo would later marry Matajiro’s younger sister, Minako.
It is thought that these bottles of liquor, which Perry gave as a gift to the shogunate, may have been passed from Ayasaburo to the Kojima family.
Words Masaharu Taniguchi
Translation by Xene Inc.