The reason I chose this picture is because it seemed so new to me, and in the same time, this picture can’t be true. However, this is the impression that Japanese got when they first saw the black ship.
In this picture, the weather is so dark, I mean cloudy, but still, it is not raining. The ship is dark too which is black. The ocean is in deep blue, and the waves are a little high. The ship must have been big, because the people are so tiny. Some people are hanging on the ropes. Flags were expressing the country of the ship. (Although, the flag does not seems to be the American flag) There are a lot of holes on the side of the ship. From one of the hole, there is light going out that looks like searching a land (they are searching Japan!) For the other holes, it may be for the lights or it may be the gun holes.
On this ship, there are two faces. One is on the right, and his eyes are blue. He looks like he is opening his mouth and saying something. The other face on the left side of the ship has an angry looking face but at the same time, he seems to be grinning. On the top of his head, there is horn which is very long. It even reminds me of the Japanese sword.
This picture is used dark colors and we can tell that the painter must be terrified by the black ship. The waves, clouds, searching light, and the faces on the ship are not a bright image. They would have thought that Japan is going to be invaded or something bad is going to be happening. In addition, Japan was in the closed-door policy so they were so surprised to see the big black ship.