Ansei 3 (安政三年)
Timeline of 1856
- 1856/1/4 Treaty of Peace and Amity is signed between the Netherlands and Japan.
- 1856/8 Henry Heusken arrives in Japan.
- 1856/11 Atsu-hime formally enters Edo castle as the shogun's wife.
- 1856/12/18 Shogun Tokugawa Iesada and Atsu-hime are formally married.
Other Events of 1856
- The shogunate establishes the kôbusho.
- Commodore Matthew Perry presents his Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan to Congress.
- The Second Opium War breaks out (ends 1860).
- The Yôgakusho (Bureau of Western Studies) is renamed the Bansho Shirabesho (Institute for the Study of Western Books).
Births and Deaths
- Yôga painter Asai Chû is born (d. 1907).
- Confucian scholar Hirose Tansô dies (b. 1782).
- Ninomiya Sontoku dies (b. 1787).