As part of their diplomatic journey around the world in 1871-3, The Iwakura Embassy spent four months in Britain - the longest stage of a mission which was to profoundly affect the modernisation of Japan. Led by special ambassador Iwakura Tomomi , members of the embassy toured throughout the UK "assessing Western civilisation with a view to adopting those parts of value to Japan".
Graham Healey, Academic Director of Distance Learning Japanese Programmes at Sheffield University, will speak about The Iwakura Embassy's experiences in Britain. He was joint editor-in-chief of the translation of all five volumes of the embassy's official records written by the historian Kume Kunitake, including translating Volume 2 relating to their time spent in Britain.
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