Thursday, 23 March 2023, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location Alexander Library, Pané Room (in person)
William E. Griffis & Katsu Kaishu: Reading the Letters from the Griffis Collection and the Katsu Kaishu Memorial Museum
Noriko Ochiai (Curator, Edo-Tokyo Museum) has been working on the archives of Katsu Kaishu at the Edo-Tokyo Museum and the Katsu Kaishu Memorial Museum. Yukako Otori (Lecturer, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies) is a specialist on late 19th-early 20th century U.S. history with a focus on childhood and immigration. She is a descendant of Takaki Saburo, who accompanied Katsu Kaishu's son, Koroku, to attend Rutgers in the early 1870s. The workshop will highlight the recently rediscovered letters exchanged between William E. Griffis and Katsu Kaishu in Rutgers' William E. Griffis Collection and the Katsu Kaishu Memorial Museum in Tokyo.