What did the residents of the foreign settlement bring with them to Japan?

The residents of the foreign settlement contributed to Japan’s modernization through their business activities and they also introduced a number of Western cultural traditions, particularly in the areas of entertainment and cuisine.
Residents in the foreign settlement built facilities for relaxation and recreation in which they exchanged opinions on business and socialised.
The first Western-style hotel in Nagasaki was the “Commercial House” established at No. 25 Oura in 1862. The “Oriental Hotel” and “Belleview Hotel” were later opened in the harbour front area of Oura.
The first British steam locomotive, the “Iron Duke”, was brought to Japan in 1865. The Scottish-born trader Thomas Blake Glover demonstrated the locomotive on a 600-metre track along Oura-kaigan-dori Street.
Japan’s first English newspaper “The Nagasaki Shipping List and Advertiser” was first published in 1861. The paper consisted mainly of lists of immigration ships and advertisements, along with local and international news items.
The Great Northern Telegraph Company of Denmark ran undersea cables between Nagasaki and Shanghai and between Nagasaki and Vladivostok in 1871. This was the beginning of International telecommunication in Japan.
Japan’s first bowling centre was opened to residents in the foreign settlement as a facility for sports and recreation in 1861.
According to an article in the English newspaper “The Nagasaki Shipping List and Advertiser” in 1861, the building of the first yacht in Japan, on order from the British merchant William Alt, was completed in the Nagasaki foreign settlement at that time.
Several Christian schools were founded in the Higashi-Yamate area from the 1880s. The area became known as the ‘hill of Christian schools’.
After Japan’s opening to the world, a wide variety of food cultures were introduced to Nagasaki thanks to the arrival of residents from diverse nationalities. As a result, a number of local Japanese entrepreneurs opened restaurants serving Western cuisine.
In 1904, Robert Walker established the first soft drink company in Japan. He was the younger of the Walker brothers who came to Nagasaki in the early Meiji period. His lemonade became very popular among the Japanese.