1890s

1890 March – Russian or Asiatic flu pandemic reaches Japan (reached Britain in December 1889)

1890 Japanese monetary crisis caused by failure of rice harvest

1890 May 1 to November – Tannaker‘s Japanese Village at the Edinburgh International Exhibition

1890 June – Mikado Japanese juggler – Barnsley

1890 June – August – Royal Tycoon Japanese Troupe – Liverpool

1890 July – Como Tarro (Kumakichi) and Pongo the man monkey

1890 August – Yasokichi jailed for a month for deserting his wife

1891 April census – John Gingero and his wife Annie and children in Liverpool. Como Tarro and his wife Hannah and children in London.

1891 September – The Japan Society of London is founded

1891 November – Michael Percy Tarro (Ichitaro) arrested in Leeds for obtaining goods under false pretences

1892 Tannaker bankrupt

1892 Chiyokichi appears as Tamarmotto Chiyokichi, sliding and slack rope, swinging bamboo, sword feats, with his wife.

1893 Tannaker discharged from bankruptcy

1893 August – Otake Maude, daughter of Tannaker and Otake, dies of cholera in Cleethorpes.

1894 July – Unequal Treaties revised. Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Commerce and Navigation signed.

1894 July to April 1895 Sino-Japanese War resulting in Treaty of Shimonoseki, and China’s cession of Formosa (Taiwan) and the Penghu Islands to Japan.

1894 August – Tannaker Buhicrosan dies of cirrhosis of the liver and acute jaundice

1894 Thomas Glover becomes head of Japan Brewery Company (predecessor of Kirin Beer) and then resigns and goes into semi retirement

1894 Watanabe Senjiro represents Mitsui for the raising of the Japanese flag in Liverpool with transfer of steamer Pallas from T&J Harrison to a firm of Japanese colliery proprietors, negotiated by Mitsui.

1894-5 Tokio Marine Insurance sends Kagami Kengichi to London, opens office on Cornhill, George Bullen is first manager.

1895 First major banking link forged between Britain and Japan, when Japanese government insisted Chinese indemnity from the war be paid in London and requested the Bank of England to open an account for the Yokohama Specie Bank to receive the first instalment.

1895 Shoda Heigoro, Nippon Yusen company director, travels to Europe to negotiate with European-Far Eastern Conference, to prepare for new NYK service to Europe.

1895 March – Tycoon Japanese Troupe with Tarrason and his slide from the roof

1896 February – The Condos and little Miss Una

1896 Nippon Yusen shipping company opens branch in London – begins operating its European Line

1896 April – The Akimoto Royal Troupe of Japanese start touring Britain

1896 November – Gingero’s trio of Tycoon Japs (last mention of Gingero)

1896 November – Akimoto Troupe back in Britain, from Brazil

1897 George Osborn (born in Japan in 1870 to Percival and Seto nee Ogawa Osborn) joins Okura Gumi in London

1898 Kadono Juukuro is manager of Okura London Branch

1898 Kansai Trading Company open office in Manchester with S Ishiyama and Matsumoto Yonekichi

1898 December – The Andos Japanese Troupe arrive in Britain

1899 Extraterritoriality for British citizens in Japan ends.

1899 May – Maruichi Brothers in Sheffield with Royal English Circus, Sentarro and Gintarro, real native Japanese jugglers and top spinners