Nakajima was a samurai official for the Uraga Magistrate’s Office and the first Japanese person to board one of Commodore Perry’s Black Ships in 1853. Nakajima thoroughly examined the equipment such as the cannons and was said to be “bold and inquisitive” according to records by the Americans. During the Late Edo Shogunate (mid-19th century), he was a leading figure in the field of modern shipbuilding and ship handling. He later fought and died a heroic death at the Battle of Hakodate.
Matthew Calbraith PERRY
Monument Commemorating the Landing of Commodore Perry