He took his trip at a tumultuous time in Japanese history. For instance:
Slept in chair in front of the hotel last night. Soldiers patrolling the entire city, now under Martial law. Only one or two slight tremors felt during the night and no disturbance notices. No fires visible.
U.S. Embassy has temporary office here at the hotel. All at the hotel were examined today and those who had rooms given badge to get meals. Slight tremors felt throughout day - apparently no fires in city. Many Koreans arrested. Army post part of the hotel.
In 1935, the S.S. President Pierce served as a visual guide for Amelia Earhart during her historical crossing of the Pacific Oceean.