Tokugawa Akitake (徳川 昭武, October 26, 1853 – July 3, 1910) was a younger half-brother of the Japanese Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu. He was born in Komagome, Tokyo, as the 18th son of Tokugawa Nariaki. Initially lord of Aizu, he became lord of Shimizu before his departure for France.
Aged only 14 years, Tokugawa Akitake led the Japanese delegation to the 1867 World Fair in Paris, where Japan had its own pavilion. He was designated as special emissary to France and head of the Japanese delegation to the Paris exhibition on November 28, 1866. The mission left Yokohama on January 11, 1867, and reached Paris two months later. The fair aroused considerable interest in Japan, and allowed many visitors to come in contact with Japanese art and techniques.
In 1876, Tokugawa Akitake went to the United States, as the emissary in charge of the Japanese exhibition at the 1876 World Fair in Philadelphia. He then went to France again for studies. He would return to Japan in 1881, where he served Emperor Meiji.
From the Japanese Wikipedia
- Viscount (1892)
- Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure (1910; posthumous) (Second Class: 1903)
Order of precedence
- Junior fifth rank (1863)
- Junior fourth rank (1866)
- Third rank (1881)
- Second rank (1897)
- Senior second rank (1902)
- First rank (1910; posthumous)
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