After more than two hundred years of self-imposed isolation, Japan opened itself to the Western world in 1854. There followed a time of political upheaval, capped by the Meiji Restoration in 1868. British diplomat Ernest Satow was near the center of these events and knew or met all of the key figures of the time.
This remarkable book, begun in 1885 and based on the author's detailed diary and keen memory, is a record of the inner history of those critical years in the evolution on Japan, accompanied by an account of Satow's personal experiences during that period.
Written by Sir Ernest Satow.