First Japanese diplomatic mission to the United States departs for home from New York City
The first Japanese diplomats to visit the country spent three weeks in Washington DC and then visited Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York. Their arrival in New York City was met with two weeks of lavish hospitality, culminating in a huge banquet and ball on June 25, 1860. The embassy sailed for home from New York aboard the U.S.S. Niagara on June 30, 1860 after a very popular three month visit to the United States. (By John Osborne)
Chitoshi Yanaga, "The First Japanese Embassy to the United States," in Ellis S. Krauss and Benjamin Nyblade (eds.), Japan and North America: First Contacts to the Pacific War (New York: Routledge, 2004), 49.