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Commodore Perry In the Land of the Shogun
- 1985 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award Winner (Nonfiction)
- 1986 Golden Kite Award Winner
- 1986 Newbery Medal Honor Book
In 1853, few Japanese people
knew that a country
called America even existed.
For centuries, Japan had isolated itself from the outside world by refusing to trade with other countries and even refusing to help shipwrecked sailors, foreign or Japanese. The country's people still lived under a feudal system like that of Europe in the Middle Ages. But everything began to change when American Commodore Perry and his troops sailed to the Land of the Rising Sun, bringing with them new science and technology, and a new way of life.