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    Ulysses S. Grant Cabinet Card Signed "U.S. Grant." 4.25" x 6.5". After a four year war, years of Reconstruction, and two terms as president, Ulysses S. Grant embarked on a two year long world tour that took them through Europe, Africa, and Asia, culminating in a two and a half month visit to Japan, where this photograph was taken. Grant is here shown in an oval portrait, his hair and beard showing graying, his hands resting in his lap. Affixed to a mount with a Japanese backstamp. A pencil notation on the verso reads: "Gen. Grant / Enriokwan [Enryôkan, a Japanese naval academy which served as the residence of the Grants during their stay], / Tokio, Japan, / Sunday Aug. 31, 1879." Grant departed for home three days later.

    Before leaving for Japan, the Grants made a stop in China. Though he was refused an audience with the Chinese Guangxu Emperor, he met with military personnel and so impressed Gen. Li Hung Chang that he was asked to carry a message to the Japanese government regarding the tensions between the two nations over the island of Okinawa. The family left China on June 26 and arrived in Yokohama on July 3.

    The following day, July 4, a date purposely chosen, Grant, the first president (either current or former) to ever visit the islands of Japan, was granted an audience with the Japanese Emperor Mutsuhito, known today as the Meiji Emperor, and the Empress Haruko (it is said that Grant became the first person to ever shake the Japanese emperor's hand). On July 22, he met with the Minister of War and discussed the Okinawa situation with him, urging him to find a peaceful solution by negotiating directly with China with no third party to complicate the issue. On August 10, he met with the emperor again at the Nakajima Tea House in the Hama Rikyû gardens in Tokyo and discussed the Chinese side of the matter, stating that the Chinese were open to negotiations and not preparing for open war. Both parties agreed and the issue was resolved peacefully the following year.

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