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The Shogun’s Queen – lecture dates 2017

Monday, 9 October, 2017· Last Updated on: Tuesday, 7 November, 2017

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The Shogun's QueenForthcoming lectures 2017

 

Thursday 9 November
6.00pm

Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle
London NW1 4QP MAP

Nearest station: Baker Street

Admission free, booking essential

Turning Point: The Momentous Events that Created Modern Japan

To Japan, the arrival of Commodore Perry and his Black Ships in 1853 was almost as shocking as if Martians had landed. One of the few who were not fazed was the far-sighted daimyo Shimazu Nariakira. One of the most brilliant and powerful men of his day, he’d built a whole factory complex in Satsuma, far from the eagle eye of the shogunate, with blast furnaces, a glass factory and his own fledgling steam ships. He was the first person in the country to acquire a daguerreotype camera.

In this talk, Lesley Downer will start by setting the scene on the cusp of Perry’s arrival and will tell the story of the Black Ships from both Japanese and American viewpoints – what each side saw and what each made of the other. Among much else, she will describe the sudden and suspicious death of the shogun right after Perry’s first visit and how Perry’s men blacked up and performed a black and white minstrel show to the bemusement of the Japanese on their second visit. She will go on to talk about Townsend Harris, the first American consul, and how he and his trusty secretary, Hendrick Heusken, the first two westerners in Japan (other than the Dutch), travelled to Edo to have an audience with the shogun. That shogun too died mysteriously …

Her talk will be illustrated with contemporary documents and pictures including woodblock prints of Perry and Harris as seen through Japanese eyes, and American drawings of the Japanese.

Book tickets: http://dajf.org.uk/event/turning-point-the-momentous-events-that-created-modern-japan

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