Stock ID #180718 練習艦隊遠洋航海写真帖. [Renshū kantai en'yō kōkai shashinchō]. [Japanese Imperial Navy Training Squadron Ocean Cruise Photographic Album]. RENSHŪ KANTAI EN'KŌ KINENCHŌ HENSHŪ IINKAI, 練習艦隊遠航記念帖編纂委員会.
練習艦隊遠洋航海写真帖. [Renshū kantai en'yō kōkai shashinchō]. [Japanese Imperial Navy Training Squadron Ocean Cruise Photographic Album].
練習艦隊遠洋航海写真帖. [Renshū kantai en'yō kōkai shashinchō]. [Japanese Imperial Navy Training Squadron Ocean Cruise Photographic Album].
練習艦隊遠洋航海写真帖. [Renshū kantai en'yō kōkai shashinchō]. [Japanese Imperial Navy Training Squadron Ocean Cruise Photographic Album].

練習艦隊遠洋航海写真帖. [Renshū kantai en'yō kōkai shashinchō].
[Japanese Imperial Navy Training Squadron Ocean Cruise Photographic Album].

東京. [Tokyo]. 光村合資会社出版部. [Mitsumura Gōshi Kaisha Shuppanbu]. Meiji 40 [ 1907]. Stock ID #180718

Fold out coloured map, 4 full page colour plates, including a striking image of the Kilauea volcano and "Gun Practice at sea", the Japanese flag and a copy of the Letter of thanks presented by the House of Representatives of the Territory of Hawaii. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographic illustrations many full page, all images captioned in Japanese and English, foldout panorama views of Honolulu, Suva, Wellington and Brisbane, 55pp + 89 plates, 19 x 26.5cm. Endpapers browned, some occasional spotting, original cloth covered boards titled in Japanese in gilt. Silk covered boards trifle marked in places. Good copy.

This photographic album was issued to commemorate the Japanese Naval Training Squadron's world tour which took place between January and August 1907. The tradition of the annual training cruise for newly graduated naval officers started in 1903.

On this cruise three war ships, the Iwajima, the Matsushima and the Hashidate, set off to Hawaii in January 1907. They visited Honolulu and Hilo where they were received warmly by the locals and Japanese residents. The Japanese captains entertained some members of the House of Representatives of Territory of Hawaii on board and received a letter of thanks from the House. The letter is included in the album. Then, the ships continued to Fiji. In Suva, the crew were again warmly welcomed by the Governor and local residents. Furthermore, the squadron commandant, Vice Admiral Sadaoka, was received invited by local villagers for a visit.

After Fiji the ships sailed to New Zealand and anchoring at Wellington where the squadron commandant and captains were invited by the Governor-General for dinner. The ship crew were also warmly received here and taken out on sightseeing tours. On the last day, the officers were all invited to the Parliament House for a Grand Reception which was attended by 2000 guests. During their stay in Wellington, the Japanese opened their ships for public inspection for a period of three days. Following their departure from Wellington the cruise continued to Brisbane where the ships were officially welcomed with a fifteen-gun-salute at the Botanical Gardens. The officers attended a reception at the City Hall on another day, while the commanders were invited by the State Governor for a dinner party at his residence. The city also arranged a special sightseeing train for the crew to Toowoomba. In return, the local dignitaries were invited to an on-board reception.

On departing from Brisbane, the ships sailed on to Thursday Island, sailing through the Great Barrier Reef via the Inner Route. On Thursday Island, the Australian troops as well as Japanese residents welcomed the visitors. The latter who worked in pearling industry organised a reception at the Japanese club. Then the ships continued to Batavia and Singapore, before returning to Japan, via a number of ports in Korea and China.

Many of the images in this commemorative album show the Commandant and his officers with local dignitaries, as well as images of them mixing with the locals at the ports they visited, including in Wellington, Brisbane and Thursday Island.

The Anglo-Japanese Alliance which was signed in 1902 made Japan a strong naval ally to Britain and the British Empire and the warm and enthusiastic welcome they clearly received at the various ports they visited was very likely influenced by this agreement.

This is a fascinating album that offers an extensive and detailed photographic record of all the ports that were visited during the tour. The Japanese text at the beginning provides brief background information on each county and port, and details events during the visit. Most of the captions are in both Japanese and English. The album also contains photographs of the crew as well as details of their lives on board. There are photographs of local receptions and dignitaries at each port visited. This edition was one of the earliest training squadron cruises commemorative album and was never widely issued. It seems likely it was offered as a memento of the Japanese Naval Training's Squadron's tour to those involved.

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