The Digital Museum of the History of Japanese in New York to Showcase U.S.-Japan Relations through the Lens of the Iwakura Mission’s Experiences in the U.S. 

Japanese Eyes on America: 150 Years Since the Iwakura Mission to the U.S.

Thursday, March 24 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:15 p.m.

Japan Society – 333 E. 47th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)

Admission: Free

Retrace the Footsteps and Historical Significance of the Most Important 19th Century Japanese Mission to the U.S. on its 150th Anniversary

The Digital Museum of the History of Japanese in New York will honor the 150th anniversary of the Iwakura Mission from Japan to the United States with a panel discussion at Japan Society. This mission was the largest and most significant such mission from Japan to the U.S. in the 19th century.

The panel will feature an overview of the Iwakura Mission, including its purpose, historical significance, and the accomplishments of notable members.

Guest Speakers

Janice Nimura, author of Daughters of the Samurai

Jordan Sand, Ph.D., Professor of Japanese History at Georgetown University

Haruko Wakabayashi, Ph.D., Associate Teaching Professor at Rutgers University

About the Iwakura Mission

“The Iwakura Mission was a pivotal moment in bridging the Eastern and Western worlds and in forming Japan’s relationship with the United States,” said Dr. Shunichi Homma, Chair of the Japan History Council of New York. “This project is a part of the local community’s efforts to showcase the mission’s connection to modern U.S.-Japan relations and the contributions of those who carried these efforts forward.”

The presentation will accompany the launch of a special online exhibit that provides an in-depth look at the Iwakura Mission and its travels across Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia. The discussion will be followed by Q&A and a reception.

How to Attend

This is a hybrid event. For those interested in attending in person, please register at the Japan History Council of New York’s Eventbrite page. Please note that all in-person guests must show proof of vaccination with booster and wear masks at Japan Society.

If you’d like to attend the event on Zoom, please click this link to register.

About the Japan History Council of New York

The Japan History Council of New York was established in December of 2020 to collect, preserve, publish, and disseminate the Japan-related history of New York and its surrounding areas, and to pass on this history to future generations. As its first project, the Japan History Council established the Digital Museum of Japanese History in New York to shed light on the ties that exist between the United States and Japan today and the stories of Japanese, Japanese American, and American individuals in the New York area and their contributions.