East meets West

Events

Shogunate Period

1192 - 1868

First Portuguese ship reaches Japan

1542

This was Japan's first recorded contact with the west. This Portuguese ship was originally headed for China but got blown of course and landed in Japan.

Christianity is banned in Japan

1589

First Dutch ship reaches Japan

1600

This ship landed in Japan after being battered by storms and attacked by Portuguese and Spanish ships.With only one ship of five surviving and only 24 of 110 crew of that ship living.

Dutch East India Company founded

1602

First formal trade between the Dutch and the Japanese

1609

Dejima is built for the Portuguese

1636

Portuguese banned from Japan

1639

Foreigners put under stricter regulations

1639

Sakoku

1641 - 1866

America demands Japan end Sakoku

1853

American, Commodore Matthew Perry sails to Edo (Tokyo) with five warships demanding that Japan open it's doors to trade.

Japan signed the Treaty of Peace and Amity

1854

Japan signed the Treaty of Peace and Amity with America at the Convention of Kanagawa.