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BURRITT SABIN: “Searching for the Relics of Old Yokohama”

2015-2016 Friday Night Lecture Series: Lecture #1

Time: 7:00PM Start (Doors Open 6:30PM)
Place: YIS Library (Inge Building)
249-2 Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Fee: Free Admission.
Advance registration required.
To register: Email: or Phone: 045.263.8009
Limit: 30 people

About This Lecture
“At Yokohama “as at Hong Kong and Calcutta,” observed
Passepartout, Phileas Fogg’s comic servant, were mixed crowds
of all races—Americans and English, Chinamen and Dutchmen,
mostly merchants ready to buy or sell anything.” Yokohama was
the sort of place Jules Verne would send Fogg on his race
around the world in 80 days. It was the principal port for tea and
silk export, the port where most visitors arrived, and the port
from which generations of Japanese statesmen, students, and
emigrants left. It was where whalers and sealers found haven,
and where the great passenger liners called. It was a charming
city of gaslights and brick, a bund and Western-style parks. But
Old Yokohama was destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake. In
his lecture Burritt Sabin will recount the history of this
extraordinary city and show where the relics of Old Yokohama

About Our Speaker
Burritt Sabin’s association with Yokohama dates from the 1970s
when he arrived in Japan as a navy officer. After living in Tokyo,
he returned to Yokohama in the 1980s and has lived there ever
since. After leaving the navy, he embarked on a career in
journalism and for many years wrote a popular column for the
Asahi Shimbun. He currently heads the media analysis and
translation team at the US Embassy in Tokyo. His publications
include “A Historical Guide to Yokohama.”


Earlier Event: October 8
Japanese Language (Beginner Level)
Later Event: October 15
Japanese Language (Intermediate Level)