Document ReferenceBu 60/6
TitleLetter from G. Buchanan, Yedo [Tokyo], Japan to Sir A. Buchanan; 22 Nov 1880
Date22 November 1880
Extent8 ff
Content DescriptionStates that it was a long time since they last wrote and that life was much quieter since Campbell went home; in forms him they had spent the previous month at Yokohama training their ponies; relates an incident at races with French Legation; promises to send a photograph of the ponies and of himself; informs him Captain and Mrs Ashton had returned from their shooting holiday in the Rocky Mountains; states he could not join the Ashtons on their trip to Kioto [Kyoto] as the Chancery was short of staff and he had to take responsibility for the accounts; notes that many Japanese men speak English but very few women could do so.

Informs him that he and Admiral Coote had been presented to the Mikado; reports that the Mikado no longer wore traditional dress and his uniform was based on European military style; describes the palace furniture, gardens and the ceremony of his visit; all the male dignitaries wore European clothes; the Empress and her ladies were in full Japanese court dress; describes in detail the appearance of the Empress; the Mikado and Empress spoke through interpreters to the Heads of Mission and their wives; it was the first time the Empress had walked in public; she was more dignified than her spouse who was very shy and nervous; requests he tell Lady Buchanan Grosvenor had not forgotten her furs and that he wished to know what sort of Japanese embroideries she required; wishes them a Merry Christmas and sends love.
Termculture, Japanese
furniture, Japanese
fashion, Japanese
clothing and dress, Japanese
sports, hunting
animals, horses

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6233Buchanan; Georgiana E. (-1904); Lady Buchanan; née Stuart 2nd wife of Andrew Buchanan-1904
NA7793Meiji (1852-1912 ); Emperor of Japan; (succeeded 1867; Mutsuhito the emperor of the Meiji era)1852-1912
NA6483Buchanan; George W. (1854-1924); Sir; 5th son of Andrew Buchanan and diplomat1854-1924
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
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