The Black Ship Scroll is a 30-foot long scroll (emaki) painted in Shimoda, one of two treaty ports opened in 1854 as a result of Commodore Matthew Perry's mission to long-secluded Japan. Several versions of this lively and often humorous scroll were circulated to satisfy curiosity about the foreigners.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology © 2008 Visualizing Cultures
MIT Visualizing CulturesMenu
MIT Visualizing Cultures
Black Ships & Samurai
MIT Visualizing Cultures VC Units MIT Visualizing Cultures About VC VC Scholars Partner Institutions Outreach Events Contact Join Us Follow Us VC Units Units Icon View Text View Black Ships & Samurai Essay Visual Narratives Black Ship Scroll Image Database Curriculum