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Terrorism rears ugly head in Sri Lanka blasts, killing hundreds

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The Iwakura Mission, a special diplomatic mission named for its leader, Tomomi Iwakura (1825-1883), serving in the role of plenipotentiary ambassador, was dispatched to the United States and Europe by the Japanese government during the first decade of the Meiji Era (1868-1912).

The mission visited Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka) on its way back to Japan in 1873.

An official log kept by the mission, titled "Tokumei Zenken Taishi Bei-O Kairan Jikki" (Record of a tour of the United States and Europe by the Japanese envoy extraordinary and Ambassador plenipotentiary), contains an entry to this effect: "Ceylon feels like a human paradise (compared to Europe, which we just left)."

The visitors were totally taken by........

© The Asahi Shimbun