JAPAN THROUGH AMERICAN EYES: The Journal of Francis Hall — 1859-1866. Edited, annotated and abridged by F.G. Notehelfer. Boulder: Westview Press, 2001, 466 pp., 33 plates. $30.

When Francis Hall arrived in Yokohama in 1859 he found that the place had “all of the newness of a Western town” and that is was just as dangerous. You started out for a walk “by putting a revolver in one pocket and copy of Tennyson in the other.”

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