Bays have been centers of commerce, transportation, and communication for thousands of years. The stormy waters of Tokyo Bay were where the expedition of U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry entered Japanese territory and helped open that nation to trade.

Painting by Kinuko Y. Craft, National Geographic

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Perry Enters Tokyo Bay
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On July 8, 1853, American Commodore Matthew Perry and his "Black Ships" steamed into Tokyo Bay, forcing Japan to open trade relations for the first time in more than 200 years.