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Meiji 19 (明治十九年)
Timeline of 1886
- 1886/1/28 A formal Convention of Japanese Immigration is signed with Hawaii, retroactively covering the immigrants who traveled to Hawaii the previous year.
- 1886/10 Meiji Gakuin University is established.
Other Events of 1886
- Andô Tarô replaces Nakamura Jirô as Japanese Consul in Hawaii.
- Bunkio Matsuki leaves for China.
- Three prefectures are combined to form Hokkaidô-chô, or "The Department of Hokkaidô."
- Ichikawa Danjûrô IX revives the kabuki dance-drama Sagi Musume ("Heron Maiden"), with a quick change element as the heron changes back into a young woman.
- The Japanese Red Cross is established.
- Merriman Harris returns home to San Francisco, after nearly 20 years in Japan.
- Mitatsuchi Rubber Company is founded, and establishes the first modern rubber factory in Japan.
- Mutsu Hirokichi leaves for England, and begins his studies at Temple College in London.
- Mutsu Munemitsu is appointed to a diplomatic post after a journey to Europe.
- Repair efforts are completed at Nijô castle.
- Okakura Kakuzô accompanies Ernest Fenollosa on a one-year art tour of the US and Europe.
- The Tokyo Anthropology Society is founded.
- The Tokyo Imperial Museum comes under the control of the Imperial Household Ministry.
Births and Deaths
- Daguerrotypist and member of the Perry Expedition Eliphalet Brown Jr. dies (b. 1816).
- Hiratsuka Raichô is born (d. 1971).
- Ishihara Kanji is born (d. 1949).
- Shin hanga artist Natori Shunsen is born (d. 1969).
- Okamoto Ippei, manga-journalist for the Asahi shinbun, is born (d. 1948).
- Author Tanizaki Jun'ichirô is born (d. 1965).