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We often notice little holes torn in oiled paper windows and imagine the sharp eyes of the Japanese fair are peeping through them at the terrible rough bearded strangers. As Hakodate returned to a semblance of normality, Tomes analysed commercial activity in the port: It is a place of considerable commercial importance, and carries on a large watning Home alone and wanting in hakodate various ports in Japan and the interior of Yesso [Ezo]. During the short stay of about two weeks of the Znd squadron, over a hundred junks sailed from Wamting for various southern ports in Japan. The inhabitants are mostly engaged in occupations connected with the hkaodate, and are either merchants, sailors, or fishermen.
We can easily imagine the difficulty in conducting transactions that must have resulted from the language barrier and different currencies, but also in the basic practices in which goods were marketed and purchased. Another crew member, Edward York, on When they buy anything off each other, they Italian sluts in cap-haïtien down and talk it over for hours, and if the purchase is large, perhaps days, consequently they are somewhat astonished to see one of us walk into their shops, wanting nothing in particular, but making a pile of everything within his reach, asking the price of it all, paying the money down, disdaining small change and walking off without more ado.
This meant that officials yakunin often interfered in transactions, and their presence made many traders reluctant to deal with foreigners. In the earliest encounters, these issues sometimes led to confrontations between officials and foreigners. The solution to such regrettable disputes in the shops and alleyways about the town was to establish a specific bazaar held in closed-off temple grounds where foreigners could come to purchase goods under the watchful eyes of officials of both nations. Transactions here, though more restricted, carried the advantage that they would reduce the embarrassment caused by undignified behaviour of foreign crews by removing trade from the public eye.
Once the Bakufu had taken over the port again in Julyit strengthened this bazaar system, and, as it was allowed to do under the treaty, insisted that all transactions would have to go through them. Many foreign visitors would comment on how their attempts to purchase something in the streets in or around Hakodate were often met with failure. Freer commercial transactions would have to wait until Julywhen the amended treaties officially permitted trading relations. Prior to the commencement of open trade, Hakodate slowly settled into its new international role as a port of call for American whalers and foreign predominantly Russian naval vessels.
The number of foreign ships calling at Hakodate at this point was very low. The year previous  thirty called in, twenty-nine American and one French—no English. These too mostly called on the town mainly to procure supplies. Before Hakodate was open to international trade, its harbour would seldom have hosted two or more foreign vessels at once, alongside numerous Japanese vessels.
McDonough Collins described economic life in the harbour as follows: During our stay there were from four to five hundred junks in the harbor, frequently fifty arriving or departing in a day according as the wind favoured them. Their [domestic] import cargoes consist of rice, hwkodate articles of the growth, produce or manufacture of the southern islands, while their [domestic] export cargoes consist principally of fish, sea cabbage, wantimg, skins, lumber and timber, and various objects the produce of the sea. Their domestic trade is all regulated by the proper anv through the custom-house, and all their affairs appear orderly and well regulated.
In their danting you find a considerable variety of objects […] we procured potatoes, onions, tomatoes, eggs, chickens, fish, apples, pears, tea, lacquered ware aand silks [while attempts to procure rice were rebuffed]. Nevertheless, foreign visitors still proved disruptive. The oftentimes rowdy behaviour hakodat the crews of foreign whaling ships, who under the treaty did not come under Japanese jurisdiction, was a cause of concern. Indeed, wantijg decline was compounded by the outbreak of the US Civil War, resulting in a halving of the annual number of visits of US whaling vessels in the s from the thirty or so that had typically called in each year in the late s.
With reduced demand, the port was able to fulfil the role of procuring supplies for whaling vessels with relative ease. Needless to say, visits of foreign men-of-war were the cause of most concern. Hakodate needed strong defences, which resulted in the commencement of several construction projects. Admittedly, this was not always to the benefit of public order, as attested to in a British consular report: The opening of this port to European intercourse, and the numerous public works commenced by government, but never completed, enticed numbers of labourers, idlers, and fortune-hunters hakkodate all parts of Yesso and the north of Nipon to honour Hakodadi with their presence, and without wishing to assert that immorality is more general here than in any other part of Japan, I must confess that the population of this port undoubtedly consists of the scum of the inhabitants of the surrounding country.
This fact serves to explain wanring behaviour of the Japanese towards us; the conduct of the Europeans, who reside here, although not blameless, has never been such as to engender hatred towards the whole race. There was a transitory population consisting of the im of whalers and naval vessels, but only a handful of foreign consular staff actually lived in the town. The first of these was the American commercial agent Elisha Rice, who arrived in Hakodate aboard a whaling vessel in Slone In the early years, his main task as commercial agent was to keep order amongst the rowdy crews of American whaling vessels, and perhaps this is the reason why the burly Rice—allegedly over two meters tall—was selected for the role.
In his despatches, Rice often complained about this troublesome task. Lengthy periods of toil at sea meant whaling crews were amd to behaviour wanhing plunder and excess when on shore. Still, for all apone rough justice, Rice gained a more favourable reputation among the Japanese population for publicly defending them against his own countrymen, as well as for his efforts to teach English to his Japanese staff and study-minded officials. In Marchafter receiving a positive response from the Wantinng in Edo to the proposal that confirmed the existence of a wxnting brothel in Shimoda, the Hakodate magistrate built this new licenced quarter.
However, these arrangements, as well as the establishment of a licenced quarter specifically for foreigners, showed the extent of demand and a concern on hakoadte part of the local authorities that sexual relations could be potentially disruptive and thus required a degree of management. The local Japanese government took the initiative to regulate and control this particular commercial activity, compelling a handful of existing prostitutes wantint serve the hakodatte of foreign whalers and men-of-war hakosate the sake of maintaining peace and public order.
By the time it had begun again, the handful of Western merchants who had come to the port had already taken to living amongst the snd residents. Thus, bakodate the land-reclamation was completed, the lots earmarked for the foreign settlement were utilized for the construction of warehouses godowns by both Japanese and foreign traders rather than for residences. The most noticeable difference must have hakodatw in the increasing if not entirely new disturbances of transient populations from foreign and Japanese shores. However, this expansion was far from extensive. In effect, international trade consisted almost exclusively of Home alone and wanting in hakodate export of marine produce to China, usually conveyed in the ships of Western xlone to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tientsin, or to any of those ports via Nagasaki or Yokohama.
The domestic trade in these products saw Japanese coastal sailing vessels kitamae bune carry the products port-to-port on journeys that often terminated in Osaka, the Japanese capital of commerce. Under the Bakufu, Hakodate had already become established as a key distribution hub and clearing house for Ezo marine products. Blakiston recalled his impressions when he came to Hakodate in the mids as follows: On my arrival at Hakodate, I was at once made aware of the principal occupation of the inhabitants, and the consequent trade of the place, by the all-pervading stench of dried fish and seaweed; in the streets, in the houses, on the mountain side, everywhere the same scent haunted me of fish, shell-fish, and seaweed, fresh, drying, and dried.
Even like the eternal cocoa-nut oil in Ceylon, the food, the water, and everything one touched, seemed to be scented in the same manner. At every fishing village on the coast, the shingle is strewed with fish in different stages of decomposition, and kelp is hung out on poles; while oil is extracted from a certain small fish and put up in tubs for market, so that it is easy to detect the existence of a Japan Yarmouth at a long distance, entirely by the nose. Despite the paucity in numbers, a sense of community was said to have developed among the foreign community in Hakodate, even if they were not held in high esteem by the residents of other treaty ports, nor by their resident consuls.
The number of foreigners foreigner being the name by which all Europeans and Americans are known in the Far East at the port of Hakodate when I visited it, inclusive of merchants, consuls, a Roman Catholic missionary, and some other residents, did not number over twenty, of which but four were women, two of whom were Russians. There was generally a Russian vessel of war lying in the harbour, which added its officers to the society of the place, and its drunken sailors to the streets of the town. Naturally, in so small a community, all nationality was dropped, and the residents were more like the members of one family, such etiquette as formal invitations and calls being discarded, for the more open and cordial hospitality induced by a common feeling of being strangers amongst a treacherous and deceitful race; and all seemed to look to one another for mutual protection.
These merchants were unable to get a foothold in any particular trade, and instead became somewhat specialized in the shipment of cargo to distant markets due to the advantages in speed and reliability that their ships gave them over the native junks. Blakiston offers the clearest expression of this widely held view among merchantmen that a combination of Japanese customs officials and foreign consuls effectively strangled their potential to turn a profit in Hakodate: Speaking of the custom house, at that time, I should mention that all business with foreigners was transacted by that department; and a great deal of annoyance and inconvenience often caused merchants by the petty matters which were brought up by the Japanese officials as grounds of complaint, which had ultimately to be settled with the consul, or, as was the case with almost everything, referred to the central government at Edo.
During my stay at Hakodate I saw a good deal of these difficulties; and I found that our consuls, feeling that they might not be backed in straightforward and firm conduct by the minister at the capital, were forced to have recourse to diplomacy, at which the Japanese invariably beat them; or when there was any doubt, which there often may be with respect to the trade regulations of a patchwork treaty, they sided with the Japanese. Such is, of course, very disagreeable to mercantile men, and great and frequent were the complaints against the mode in which British interests were looked after in Japan. The Americans often managed better; for the hands of the consuls not being so tied down by strings of regulations and cautions [read: Among these was the fact that Japanese merchants often lacked the capital, or were unwilling to risk what capital they had, in transactions on the scale required for foreign firms to turn a suitable profit; likewise, there were few foreign firms willing to advance large loans to their Japanese counterparts.
Few Hakodate merchants—who had the key to the export trade as they controlled access to the principal export items—were willing to entrust the bulk of their cargo to foreign merchant houses. Compiled from British consular and commercial reports. Another fundamental problem of foreign trade in Hakodate was its unbalanced nature, with exports dominating the trade figure 3. Approximately three quarters of exports were comprised of marine products, principally konbu kelpand almost all of it was destined for the Chinese market. Foreign merchants were unable to carry a significant import trade themselves to Hakodate.
With foreign traders unable to offer much in terms of produce to sell on their own account, the fundamentally unbalanced nature of external trade in Hakodate ate into profits, and thus did not give rise a sizeable foreign mercantile community. The best proof of the little or no prospect of Hakodadi trade is that after five years being opened for foreigners, only six merchants thought it advisable to go into business here, out of which one, agent for one of the finest houses in China, liquidated and left last year, of course, only for the simple reason that the business would not pay.
More than half the taxable stores were Smuggled on shore every Voyage we made to Hakodate all free articles were landed in the regular way to avoid suspicion when leaving the ships with Smuggled goods if the officers were around we used to stand out the harbour with the boat when far enough away tacked and stand in shore we never were caught […] after landing our stores we would be taken to certain places by a guide and shewn were the packages of copper coins were hid, sometimes in Grave yards, and we backed them down to the boat. At that period the duties on exports and imports were generally five per cent, ad valorem, with the exception of wines and spirits, on which it was 35 per cent; while the import of arms and munitions of war was prohibited, as well as the export of grain, copper, and a few other articles.
On account of the low value of copper in Japan, a good deal of the native copper cash was smuggled to China, where, being very similar to the Chinese cash, it passed current. The duties on spirituous liquors were also seldom paid, resident merchants being allowed to land as stores what they required for their own consumption, and, owing to the prohibitory tariff, the rest was smuggled. All kinds of goods were smuggled in and out of Hakodate. In one infamous example inthe staff of the British consul, with the consul himself the ringleader, were implicated for smuggling Ainu bones out of Hakodate.
With a growing interest in Europe about the mysterious Ainu people—who some contemporary scientists thought might be a lost tribe of Israel—their skeletons were potentially lucrative items as specimens of study. Having been informed of the grave robbery, the magistrate raised the issue with the British consul, demanding the return of the bones and the punishment of the culprits. Consul Vyse tried to play down the affair but was ultimately pressured into presiding over a court case. Predictably, the case was dismissed by Vyse due to lack of evidence and the trial was itself little better than a cover-up, as some of the assessors were accomplices in the crime.
Suspecting as much, the Hakodate magistrate referred the case to Edo a second time. Eventually, the three accused decided to confess, and Vyse reopened the case and found the three accused guilty, carrying the punishment of twelve to eighteen months with hard labour. Yet some of the bones had still not been returned and, it was claimed, had been thrown into the sea. What this case also highlights is the blurred line between consul and merchant, with the British consular staff embroiled in illicit trading activities.
The dullness of regular trade was partly behind the prevalence of smuggling, and the result was that only a modest growth in foreign traffic was observable in its first decade as a treaty port. Inthe British consul counted thirty-two foreign merchant ships or whalers in his returns for the year, besides sixteen visits by men-of-war. Inthere were 37 merchant and whaler visits; in43;74;45;55; and61 see figure 4. This was by all accounts a slow and uneven growth in traffic especially when contrasted with Yokohamawhich according to official returns had not yet reached a million Mexican silver dollars in value by Indeed, the only years in which the official trade of Western merchants at Hakodate did exceed this figure was in —70; with the peak of 1.
Conflict as business opportunity: In subsequent battles, they defeated Bakufu troops and an alliance of domains from northeastern Honshu in the Boshin War. The budding Meiji period in Ezo was, however, briefly and violently interrupted. David, Australia Owner actually recieved me at Hakodate train station as I arrived pretty late and was alone. Beyond expectation and most grateful!
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