In March 1910, a small Russian squadron arrived at
Spithead for a visit of several days.
At the same time the Japanese warship Ikoma also came to Portsmouth and her ship’s company were entertained by the borough at a banquet.
The photographer wrote that this photo showed ‘the extraordinary scene’ of a Russian and Japanese sailor shaking hands while being cheered by all nationalities at the mayor’s garden party.
The two nations had been at war only five years before, with Japan emerging victorious.