New Bedford Ballet Presentation:
Courage, Perseverance, and Trust: The Manjiro Story
AHA! Thursday, March 8
7 pm – 7:30 pm
Harbor View Gallery
Free and open to the public
Attendees traveled back in time to 1841 as New Bedford Youth Ballet performed “Courage, Perseverance, and Trust: The Manjiro Story” based on the extraordinary life of Manjiro Nakahama. Manjiro was the first Japanese person to live and learn English in the United States after his rescue at sea in 1841 by the John Howland, a New Bedford whaleship. Upon returning to his homeland, he helped facilitate its opening to American relations in 1854. Through his understanding of navigation and seamanship, he also helped build Japan’s first ocean-going vessels. This is a fascinating story presented through a narrated ballet for all ages.
Check out Enlightened Encounters: The Two Nations of Manjiro Nakahama at the Whaling Museum and dive deeper into the fascinating story of Manjiro.