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.
Join us for these upcoming programs in support of Manjiro: Drifting, 1841–2020: Poke Workshop at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Culinary Literacy Center on April 20, The Arts of the Brush: Japanese Calligraphy and Ink Painting at The Rosenbach on April 25, and Origami Hands-on Workshop: Masu Book Box and Storage Box at The Rosenbach on May 6.