If you are interested in Japanese culture you will love this!
If you are writing a work of history you will appreciate his research insights.
If you love San Francisco history this will surprise you!
Author and Mechanics' Institute member Fred Schodt will be presenting his book and discussing his research odyssey in archives and libraries on four continents.
On New Year’s Eve, 1866, Risley’s Imperial Japanese Troupe arrived in San Francisco. Their acrobatics soon became the toast of the town and helped trigger the West’s craze for Japanese popular culture. Meet member author Fred Schodt who will discuss his research odyssey in archives and libraries on four continents and present the lost history of this Japanese sensation outlined in his book Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan and Japan to the West.
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