Very Rare Antique Japanese Military 1927 Cruiser Asama North America Tour Commemoration Lacquer Box
This is a very rare antique Japanese military lacquer box. The lid is decorated with a nice golden makie landscape, and on the front of that has two applied panels - one is the cruiser Asama's profile picture. The bottom panel is the commander of the training fleet, Admiral Nagano. Then on the bottom left are the two captains of the two ships, Asama's being captain Tokichi, and the other ship of the fleet, Iwate, was captain Kisumi. The panel also has the route the ships took - from Yokosuka first to Honolulu, then San Francisco, San Pedro (near Long Beach), then Panama, New Orleans, Havana, Norfolk, Annapolis, New York, and Boston. On the way back they stopped in Mexico before stopping again in Hawaii and back to Japan.
The inside of the lid says "Showa 2nd Year Warship Asama Long Distance Voyage Commemoration' and the sailor's name Sugiyama. This was probably a calligraphy box for a big inkstone.
Condition: The bottom tray has some corner and edge damage on the exterior, please see pictures. The lid has some small chips of paint at the edge but otherwise in pretty good condition.