|Duke Abruzzi with |
Vice Admiral Ijuin at
the Jamestown Exposition
Japanese-American relations had been rough in the first years of the 20th century. Kouroki's visit to the United States was a goodwill tour to follow up on to the "Gentleman's Agreement" of 1907. Travelling from Seattle to Norfolk, reporters frequently asked Kuroki about the relationship between the two rising world powers. Kouroki did not feel that Japan and the United States were on the brink of war. Nonetheless, he avoided potential trouble spots such as San Fransisco, the site of frequent Japanese-American discrimination.
|Another view of General Kuroki review of U.S. Marines at the Jamestown|
Exposition. Though shown in full military dress, Kuroki frequently wore
Western-stlye business suits and hats during his tour of the United States.