Tateishi Onojirō. Tateishi Onojiro Noriyuki was about 17 years old when he accompanied his father, a translator for the first Japanese Embassy to the United States. Tinted albumen stereoscopic view (half shown), 1860. 'Tommy,' as he was known, was especially popular with American women, treated "like a present-day rock star." He was the subject of a brief character sketch in a book written by Lt. James D. Johnston, Captain of the U.S. Navy steamship that transported the diplomats.