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The Last of the Samurai Exhibit Opening @Japanese Culture Center


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Join the Japanese Culture Center - 日本文化会館 and Japanese Arts Foundation for our opening day of "The Last of the Samurai" historic photo exhibition on Saturday, May 5th from 12:00-5:00pm!

"The Last of the Samurai" photography exhibition is in partnership with the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago 在シカゴ日本国総領事館, and the Japan Camera Industry Institute!

12PM - See the arts, traditions, and values captured in these photos practiced almost 150 years later here in Chicago with martial arts demonstrations and talks with the Center's martial arts community!

12-5PM - Have your own portrait captured by Chicago photographer Jen Jansen with her pop-up tintype photo booth at the Center! Jen Jansen Photography is bringing her wet plate collodion tintype set up for guests to have the opportunity to be captured in the traditional 1850's photographic style. The photo on the right of this event image is one such example taken just last week with one of our community members and martial artists by Jen. We hope these photos help visitors understand how the arts and traditions practiced within the Center today are part of the ongoing artistic lineage captured in this historic exhibition!

4x5 tintypes are offered for $100.
Contact: jenjansenphoto@gmail.com to reserve a time in advance
www.jenjansenphoto.com 2012 N Western Ave 60647

1PM - Learn about the history and context of the individuals in the photos with Japanese history and photography scholar Dr. Kerry Ross!
Dr. Ross will be giving a lecture: “The Last Samurai and the Politics of Representation: Japan’s First Embassy to the US (1860) and the Iwakura Mission (1871) through Photography” and answering questions from visitors about the history surrounding these important photographs!
Kerry Ross is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at DePaul University in Chicago, United States, specializing in modern Japanese history. Her research and teaching interests include modern visual culture, gender and women's history, consumerism and everyday life, and the history of bathing practices, bathrooms and kitchens. Her book, Photography for Everyone: The Cultural Lives of Cameras and Consumers in Early Twentieth-century Japan, was published in 2015 (Stanford University Press). Her most recent project is titled Water Closets and Washing Machines: A Social and Cultural History of Urban Water Supply and Use in Twentieth-Century Tokyo.

*More about the exhibition, which runs from 5/5 - 5/13 at the Japanese Culture Center:

In the late 19th century, the Tokugawa Shogunate dispatched a delegation of Samurai later followed by the Iwakura Mission to the USA.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration, when Japan ended its self-imposed isolation, the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago and the Japanese Culture Center will host a new photo exhibition, “The LAST of the SAMURAI”
This exhibition of 49 photographs, presented by the Japan Camera Industry Institute (JCII, Tokyo) and co-organized by Media Art League (Tokyo/Toronto), seeks to inspire the observer with the mutual friendship of our two respective nations, which endured turbulent times —before and after the Meiji Restoration— to promote understanding and peace for generations to come.
The exhibition, “The Last of the Samurai” introduces portraits of those two first diplomatic missions of Japan to the U.S., the latter of which also stopped in Chicago for one day."