Nihonmatsu Junior High School Student Visit (2015)

  • Laying flowers in front of Professor Asakawa’s headstone
    Laying flowers in front of Professor Asakawa’s headstone Laying flowers in front of Professor Asakawa’s headstone
  • The Nihonmatsu Delegation stand with Professor Asakawa's headstone
    The Nihonmatsu Delegation stand with Professor Asakawa's headstone The Nihonmatsu Delegation stand with Professor Asakawa's headstone
  • In front of the Sterling Memorial Library
    In front of the Sterling Memorial Library In front of the Sterling Memorial Library
  • At the Sterling Memorial Library Nave
    At the Sterling Memorial Library Nave At the Sterling Memorial Library Nave
  • Haruko Nakamura, Librarian for Japanese Studies, shows the students the East Asia Library
    Haruko Nakamura, Librarian for Japanese Studies, shows the students the East Asia Library Haruko Nakamura, Librarian for Japanese Studies, shows the students the East Asia Library
  • Looking at some of original writings of Professor Asakawa
    Looking at some of original writings of Professor Asakawa Looking at some of original writings of Professor Asakawa
  • Professor Rosenbluth presents Mayor Shinno with a small gift from the Council on East Asian Studies
    Professor Rosenbluth presents Mayor Shinno with a small gift from the Council on East Asian Studies Professor Rosenbluth presents Mayor Shinno with a small gift from the Council on East Asian Studies
  • At the Samurai Exhibit, Peabody Museum of Natural History
    At the Samurai Exhibit, Peabody Museum of Natural History At the Samurai Exhibit, Peabody Museum of Natural History
  • Looking at a map of Japan
    Looking at a map of Japan Looking at a map of Japan
  • Professor Fleming discusses a samurai helmet with a few students
    Professor Fleming discusses a samurai helmet with a few students Professor Fleming discusses a samurai helmet with a few students
  • Souvenirs!
    Souvenirs! Souvenirs!
  • Lunch at the Timothy Dwight College Dining Hall
    Lunch at the Timothy Dwight College Dining Hall Lunch at the Timothy Dwight College Dining Hall
  • The Nihonmatsu Junior High School Student Delegation outside of the Timothy Dwight College Town Hall         Including (back row, left to right) Nick Disantis, Registrar, Council on East Asian Studies; Richard Sosa, Program Director, Council on East Asian Studies; William Fleming, Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages & Literatures and Theater Studies; Frances Rosenbluth, Wells Professor of Political Science
    The Nihonmatsu Junior High School Student Delegation outside of the Timothy Dwight College Town Hall Including (back row, left to right) Nick Disantis, Registrar, Council on East Asian Studies; Richard Sosa, Program Director, Council on East Asian Studies; William Fleming, Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages & Literatures and Theater Studies; Frances Rosenbluth, Wells Professor of Political Science The Nihonmatsu Junior High School Student Delegation outside of the Timothy Dwight College Town Hall Including (back row, left to right) Nick Disantis, Registrar, Council on East Asian Studies; Richard Sosa, Program Director, Council on East Asian Studies; William Fleming, Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages & Literatures and Theater Studies; Frances Rosenbluth, Wells Professor of Political Science
August 13, 2015

On August 4th, 2015, the Council on East Asian Studies had the pleasure of hosting ten junior high school students from Nihonmatsu, Japan. Coordinated by the City of Nihonmatsu’s Board of Education, two students from five junior high schools in Nihonmatsu are invited each year to take part in a pilgrimage to the United States to honor the memory of Professor Asakawa Kan’ichi. 

As this year is the 10th anniversary of the merger of Nihonmatsu City with three towns in Adachi District, the Council was happy to receive a number of Nihonmatsu City Officials including Mr. Hiroshi Shinno, Mayor; Mr. Ryosuke Nakada, City Council Chairman; Mr. Junichi Yamaguchi; Vice President of the City Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Ms. Michi Ishikawa, Leader of the Nihonmatsu Federation of Women’s Organizations; Mr. Koji Noji, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Nihonmatsu JCI; Mr. Masaaki Hoshi, Head of the Department of Construction; and Mr. Shinnichi Harada, a Member of the City Board of Education.  The tour was joined by Yale professors Frances Rosenbluth (Wells Professor of Political Science) and William Fleming (Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages & Literatures and Theater Studies).

Professor Asakawa, a native of Nihonmatsu, was an academic, author, historian, librarian, curator and peace advocate who became the first Japanese-born scholar to receive a professorship at a major American university.  He taught at Yale University from 1907 to 1942, served as curator of the East Asian Collection at the Yale University Library from 1907 to 1948, and built the foundation for Japanese research collections at both Yale and the Library of Congress. (For more information about Professor Asakawa, please visit the Council on East Asian Studies website.)

The students began their visit by paying their respects to Professor Asakawa, laying flowers on his grave. They then had a full tour of the East Asia Library and were given the opportunity to see for themselves some of the Professor’s original writings.  The group also had the opportunity to visit the Samurai Exhibit at the Peabody Museum.  The tour ended with a lunch at the Timothy Dwight College dining hall.

We are always happy to receive our friends from Nihonmatsu, and we look forward to seeing them again next year!