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  • JL Badgley
    For anyone in the DC area, this looks like it could be quite interesting: *Samurai Week in Washington, D.C.* The 150th Anniversary of the First Japanese
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      For anyone in the DC area, this looks like it could be quite interesting:

      *Samurai Week in Washington, D.C.*

      The 150th Anniversary of the First Japanese Diplomatic Mission to the U.S.



      *150 years ago, the world had yet to discover Japan, and the people of Japan
      had never seen America...*


      *The landing of the Japanese Embassy of Japan, with the treat in a box, at
      the Navy Yard, Washington. *
      Printed in Harper’s Weekly May 26, 1860. Library of Congress.



      In the years before the American Civil War, 77 samurai crossed the sea as
      Japan’s first diplomatic mission to the U.S., captivating the American
      people and the press. Everywhere they went, large crowds turned out to see
      them, fascinated by their traditional clothing, top-knot hairstyle, and
      prominent samurai swords. Bearing the honor and responsibility of ushering
      Japan into the modern era, the mission was officially charged with the
      ratification of the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation. But they
      accomplished so much more, laying the foundations of the rich relationship
      Japan and the U.S. share today and setting the stage for the next 150 years
      of cultural exchange.



      In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of their historic visit, a number
      of special events will take place as part of Samurai Week in Washington,
      D.C. Please join us in appreciating the origins of the rich relationship
      Japan and the U.S. share today!





      Commemorative Lecture:
      *Samurai 150!*
      The First Japanese Diplomatic Mission to the U.S. in 1860
      May 24th from 5:30-7:00 pm, FREE
      Followed by a light reception
      *Library of Congress, *James Madison Building, Mumford Room, 6th Floor
      101 Independence Avenue, S.E.*
      **(Image: Samurai diplomats at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. )*



      With a greeting by Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Ichiro Fujisaki, this
      lecture will feature keynote speakers Akira Iriye, Charles Warren Professor
      of American History at Harvard University, and Ronald P. Toby, Professor of
      East Asian Language and Culture at the University of Illinois at
      Urbana-Champaign. Historical items drawn from the library’s collection will
      be on display in the Mumford Room an hour before the lecture, beginning at
      4:30 pm. The lecture will be followed by a light reception. *Reservations
      required by May 14. *Contact Maryssa Miller at mmiller@..., (202)
      238-6766.



      *From May 25-28, the historical items will be on display in the Asian
      Reading Room (Jefferson Building). *





      *Samurai Tea *
      May 22-23 from 2:00-5:00 pm
      The Willard Hotel’s Peacock Alley
      1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW


      Sip authentic Japanese tea to the sounds of the koto harp and savor Japanese
      treats while performers dressed as Victorian ladies and Edo samurai recreate
      the atmosphere that filled the Willard during the mission’s stay 150 years
      ago. Call (202) 637-7350 for more information. (Willard InterContinental,
      D.C.) *An Evening with Samurai *
      May 25 at 6:30 pm, FREE
      Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan
      1155 21st Street NW, Lafayette Centre III (Lower Level)



      Imbuing traditional Japanese swordplay with a contemporary edge, this
      samurai troupe’s mission is to spread *Bushi-Do*, The Way of Samurai,
      through a mix of beautifully choreographed sword fighting, comedy and drama.
      Reservations accepted at a later date, TBA. *(Photo by Moto Ishibashi)*





      *Samurai Film Fest *
      May 26-28 at 6:30 pm, FREE
      Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan
      1155 21st Street NW, Lafayette Centre III (Lower Level)

      Japanese with English subtitles.
      *Reservations required.* Call (202) 238-6949
      or email jiccrsvp@....



      *May 26: Yojimbo<http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc/pdf/Yojimbo%20flyer.pdf>
      *
      Directed by Akira Kurosawa. 75 min, 1961.
      Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd.



      *May 27:* *The Hidden
      Blade<http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc/pdf/Hidden%20Blade%20flyer.pdf>
      *
      Directed by Yoji Yamada. Rated R.132 min, 2004. ©Tartan Films 2005



      *May 28: Samurai X: The Motion
      Picture<http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc/pdf/Samurai%20X%20Flyer.pdf>
      *
      Directed by Hatsuki Tsuji. 90 min, 1997.
      © 1997 N. Watsuki / Shueisha・Fuji-TV・Aniplex Inc.





      Presented by the Embassy of Japan, Japan-American Society of Washington,
      D.C., Japan Commerce Association of Washington,
      Library of Congress, Willard InterContinental, and the Japan Foundation


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