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How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan―and Japan to the West

Having introduced Western-style circus to Japan, American acrobat and impresario Richard Risley Carlisle brought his Imperial Japanese Troupe to America and Europe in 1867. These visits from Japanese performers helped trigger a craze for Japanese popular culture and fan the Japonisme movement. Drawing on a wide range of primary source material, Schodt will explore this extraordinary moment of cross-cultural exchange and its ramifications. As European and American audiences ogled the Japanese, they were being ogled right back.

Speaker Profile:
Frederik L. Schodt is the author of numerous books about popular and esoteric Japanese culture, including an upcoming book about the Imperial Japanese Troupe. In 2009 he received The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for his contributions to the introduction and promotion of Japanese contemporary popular culture to Western readers.

Date: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Time: 14:00-17:00
Doors open at 13.30. Seminar starts at 14:00 sharp.
Place: Forum 8, Shibuya
Address: Dogenzaka 2-10-17, Shibuya, Tokyo
Phone 03-3780-0008
Cost: JAT members free; non-members 1,000 yen (advance registration is not necessary)
Koryukai: From 17:15 (advance registration is not necessary, register and pay at seminar reception)
Venue: The Aldgate British Pub
Cost: 2,000 yen (food only/cash bar)
Inquiries: TAC

 

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