Commodore Matthew C. Perry of the United States is known for entering into Japanese port of Uraga on July 8th, 1853. Japan was almost completely sealed off to the outside world at the time. In March of the following year, the Japan-US Treaty of Peace and Amity was concluded. Prior to his arrival of Uraga port, Perry visited Shuri Castle of the Ryukyu Kingdom, on June 6th, 1853. This monument was set up to commemorate his visit and the date inscribed on it.
Commodore Perry was Commander-in-Chief of the East India Squadron when he headed toward Japan under the order of President Fillmore with the purpose of opening up Japan to the world. Before landing in mainland Japan, his ship entered into the Naha port, on May 26, 1853. He brazenly entered the Shuri Castle, despite strong resistance of the kingdom government. The following year, he concluded the Japan-US Treaty of Peace and Amity with Japan; then he stopped at Naha again in July 11, 1854, and concluded the Ryukyu-US Treaty of Amity. He is known as “Father of the Steam Navy” in the United States.
The monument of the “Commodore Perry Landing Memorial” is located in the Tomari International Cemetery grounds across from the Naha City Tomari Senior High School.
- 900-0012 3-20-1 Tomari Naha Okinawa In the Tomari International Cemetery
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- The Monument is accessible 24 hours a day.
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- Nothing in particular.
- Access information
- About a one-minute drive from the Tomari Port