July 14 – First landing in Kurihama (Yokosuka).
The Emperor’s barge appeared with two imperial princes – Toda and Ido.
Perry, dressed in full military attire, went ashore accompanied by:
250 sailors and Marines
a 13-gun salute from Susquehanna
a band played “Hail Columbia”
Fillmore’s letter was formally received by the Japanese princes.
It was prepared on the finest vellum and enclosed in a gold edged rosewood chest.
The letters were avowals of friendship and
lists of advantages of trade with the United States,
suggesting that a treaty be drafted.