|Albumen print, Carte-de-visite, 1860|
With Fredricks' 587 Broadway studio stamp mount verso.
In 1860, the Tokugawa government, in an effort to formalize relations between the two countries and gather useful facts about Western knowledge, organized Japan's first embassy to the United States. The highlight of the venture was to be a personal audience with President James Buchanan, but the embassy also toured the country and was greeted with lavish parades in large cities like New York.
The translator for the embassy was Tateishi Onojirou Noriyuki or "Tommy." One writer on the embassy commented "Among the largely humorless assortment of Japanese dignitaries, young Tommy drew attention as a lively fellow with an admiration for American women."