The Japanese in America

The Japanese in America

The Japanese in America

The Japanese in America

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A copy of this book, entitled "The Japanese in America," was given to me by Mr. Arinori Mori in 1873. As there are only a few left who remember the book, I wish that it be preserved as a reminiscence of the Old; therefore I have reproduced it to be distributed anew.

As there are no longer many comrades of the early days, I may be permitted to tell in a few words of how I became one of the pioneer Japanese students in the United States. While attending the special department of the Imperial University I was ordered to go to England, my fellow-students being Kijiro Hasegawa, Keigoro Katsuki and Soichiro Matsumoto. We consulted together as to how best Japan could renovate itself. We wished to study in America, and stated our intention to Baron Kato, superintendent, who said that authority would be given us to make a free choice of place and of subjects of study, adding, however, that the Nation needed good servants who could be of most use after their return to Japan.

Mr. Katsuki, though a young man, had studied at Nagasaki under Dr. Verbeck, and so benefited our little circle by his liberal, advanced views on national affairs.

Through the introduction of Dr. Verbeck, when we arrived in New York we called on Dr. Ferris, 34 Vesey street, just opposite the Park National Bank. While Dr. Ferris was arranging our place of study we stayed at the Pierrepont House, Brooklyn. We were soon placed under . . .

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