Following a brief stay in San Francisco
that included necessary repairs, the Kanrin Maru returned
to Japan. The Powhatan carried the seventy plus Japanese embassy,
and the two main ambassadors Masaoki Shinmi and Norimasa Muragaki,
on to Panama. There, the members crossed the isthmus by train,
and again set sail for Washington, DC. The arrival of the
Japanese was a major event in America, and congress had provided
a $50,000 budget to entertain the embassy. During their stay,
they spent three weeks sightseeing in Washington, before visiting
Baltimore, Philadelphia, and finally New York. Everywhere
they went they were met by local dignitaries, who put on countless
balls and receptions in their honor. Large crowds turned out
to see them. They were fascinated by the Japanese ambassadors'
traditional clothing, top-knot haircuts, and in particular,
their prominent samurai swords.