Following Perry's footsteps: Part I, Shimoda
Shimoda has not forgotten its important place in Japanese history; rather, it embraces it, with regular tours of replica black ships around the bay, a small museum detailing the arrival of the Americans, and numerous shops offering themed cookies, prints, and other merchandise for the enterprising tourist.
If you are the festival-going type, you will not want to miss the Black Ship Festival that occurs annually in late May. In addition to the black ships that are common to the bay, the U.S. Navy always sends a vessel down to Shimoda, and bands and festival-goers alike crowd the streets in parade in celebration of the friendship between the U.S. and Japan.
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