Enlightened Encounters: The Two Nations of Manjiro Nakahama
Companion Exhibition – The East Unlocks its Gates: American Whalers and Trade in Asia
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Exhibition Opening Date: October 8, 2017
Enlightened Encounters: The Two Nations of Manjiro Nakahama explores the remarkable life and influence of Manjiro Nakahama (1827-1898), the first Japanese person to live in and learn English in the U.S. after his rescue at sea in 1841 by the John Howland, a New Bedford whaleship. The exhibition is timed to celebrate the 2017 centennial of the America-Japan Society, which plays a crucial role in maintaining the relationship between America and Japan. It is also the 190th anniversary of Manjiro’s birth and the 30th anniversary of the Sister City agreement between Fairhaven/ New Bedford, and Manjiro’s home town of Tosashimizu.
Caption: Shuntei Katsukawa, Shinagawa Oki no Kujira Takanawa yori Mita Zu [Seeing the whale in Shinagawa Bay at Takanawa]. Woodblock print triptych on paper, c. 1798.
View the Museum’s Pacific Encounters online exhibition – examining the influential legacy of the whaling industry on the opening of diplomatic relations and cultural exchange between Japan and Western nations.