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Showa 6-7 nendo Renshu Kantai Junko Kinen]. 1931-2 Japanese Imperial Navy Training Squadron Tour Commemorative Album]

Showa 6-7 nendo Renshu Kantai Junko Kinen]. 1931-2 Japanese Imperial Navy Training Squadron Tour Commemorative Album]

EDITED BY RENSHU KANTAI SHIREIBU]. ????????. [EDITED BY TRAINING SQUADORON HEADQUARTERS]. Endpaper maps, colour illustrations and black and white photographic illustrations, [156 pp], all edges gilt, decorated silk cloth covers, stamped in white green, with Japanese characters stamped in gilt. Silk cloth covers bound with new silk tassle ties, cloth on the lower edge worn and edges toned, still an exceptionally good and sound copy. 22 x 30cm. This photographic album was issued to commemorate the Japanese Naval Training Squadron's world tour which took place between November 1931 and July 1932. Two war ships, the Iwate and the Asama, set off to their first cruise around Japan before their departure for Korea and China in November 1931. They visited Incheon, Dalian, Qingdao and Shanghai before returning to Japan. In March 1932, the ships set off to their second cruise to Australia and New Zealand. On the way, they visited Taiwan, Manila, Saigon, Singapore, and Jakarta before reaching Fremantle and Perth on 19th April 1932. During their tour of Australia, the ships visited Adelaide on 29th April with a side trip to Morialta Falls and the Adelaide Racecourse, Melbourne on the 17th May showing views of Swanston Street, Phairs Hotel and the Denyer Building as well as the War Memorial. While in Sydney on the 25th May they visited many of the tourist attractions and there are photographs of Sydney harbour, the Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park (looking extremely new and treeless) and various views of the Three Sisters lookout in Katoomba New South Wales. Many of the images show the Captain and his officers with local Australian dignitaries. They then set sail for Wellington New Zealand. There are photographs of them on their return where they stopped at some Micronesian islands, including Saipan and Chuk on their way back to Yokosuka in Japan. A fascinating album that offers an extensive and detailed photographic record of all the ports that were visited during the tour with photographic vignettes of each of the countries visited. The cover is illustrated with a stylised Australian pastoral scene featuring grazing sheep and gum trees. A striking colour illustration of the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains New South Wales is included. The album also includes photographs of the crew together with all their names and positions as well as details of their lives on board. There are photographs of local receptions and dignitaries at each port visited. All indications are that the ships were warmly welcomed by the host countries and cities as well as the local Japanese residents. This edition was never widely issued, and was no doubt offered as a memento of the Japanese Naval Training's Squadron's tour for those involved.