Manjiro: Drifting, 1841–2020

Manjiro: Drifting, 1841–2020

Manjiro’s epic tale begins in 1841, when, as a teenager, he left his tiny Japanese village on a fishing trip. A violent storm left him shipwrecked and set the course that would lead Manjiro to become the first Japanese person to live in the United States. In partnership with the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia’s JapanPhilly2020 initiative, The Rosenbach will present a special exhibition on Manjiro’s legendary life, featuring holdings from our collection along with partner loans. Highlights include Manjiro’s own illustrated manuscript depicting his world travels, rare letters between Manjiro and the captain who rescued him at sea, and much more.

Judith M. Guston, Curator and Director of Collections

Bio coming

Kiyoshi Hirata, Trustee of Center for International Exchange (CIE), Director of John Mung International, Inc. (JMI, NPO)

Kiyoshi Hirata, a retired professional English teacher, has taught for over more than 50 years ranging from elementary schools to universities. After leaving his career in teaching, his interest in John Manjiro led to studying and joining the reputable group of John Manjiro study in later Edo Period (Bakumatsu). This group later reformed into a non-profit organization, the John Mung International, Inc (JMII). Currently, Hirata is the Secretary General and a member of the Board of Directors to the JMII and making efforts for its development.

JapanPhilly2020 Talk シリーズ

ウェビナー [万次郎 漂流1841-2020](仮)

開催日時(日本時間):2020年10月24日(土)午前9時~10時

システム環境:Zoom・英語(日本語字幕)

メインスピーカー:Judy Guston氏(ローゼンバック博物館学芸員)

ゲストスピーカー:平田 潔 氏(CIE評議員)

『万次郎 漂流 1841-2020』

1841年、万次郎の壮大な物語がはじまります。14歳の少年が乗り込んだ小さな漁船は嵐に遭い、漂流の果てにホイットフィールド船長に救助され、万次郎は日本人で初めてアメリカへ渡り生活する道を選びました。今回、フィラデルフィア日米協会主催のJapanPhilly2020の一環として、ローゼンバック博物館が所蔵する、万次郎の漂流の記録『漂巽紀畧(ひょうそんきりゃく)』の特別展を開催いたします。万次郎が見た世界を描いたイラスト入りの写本や、万次郎を救出したホイットフィールド船長との交流が見られる手紙は必見です。