A photo of John Manjiro and a bearded man, possibly Captain Whitfield.
This recently discovered photo is a rare image of John Manjiro, who, when a young man, was rescued and taken aboard an American whaling ship after being shipwrecked off the coast of Japan. His rescuer, Captain Whitfield of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, adopted him, integrated him into life in Fairhaven, and helped Manjiro as he rose to the rank of first mate aboard American whaling ships. Ultimately, Manjiro returned to Japan where he became a prominent scholar and diplomat. He is still celebrated in Japan as the first prominent Japanese immigrant to the US. The photo was taken in 1870 when Manjiro returned from his life in Japan to visit his friends and adopted family in Fairhaven.