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Akio Morita

July 13 - September 9, 2007

The Japanese American National Museum will present the exhibition, Akio Morita, this summer from July 13 - September 9, 2007. Developed by members of the Morita family, this exhibit commemorates the remarkable life and achievements of Mr. Akio Morita (1921-1999), co-founder of Sony Corporation.

As one of Sony's principal figures, Morita was known as an electronic innovator who changed the way the world sees, hears, plays, and explores music, movies, TV, and games. At the same time, Morita's efforts to produce closer ties between Japan and the rest of the world brought him international recognition and exerted a profound influence on global trade that lasts to this day.

Recognizing the historic and significant role played by Japanese Americans in U.S.-Japan relations, he stated in 1993 at the Los Angeles National Japanese American Conference, “We know and respect that you are Americans in every sense, but [I] cannot help but feel that in some way there is a heritage and culture that link us. This feeling of family is what drove me to become involved in the important work of this Museum in the first place.”

The forthcoming exhibition of Akio Morita, comprised of photographs, videos, artifacts, will give us insight into a devoted husband, father, internationalist and visionary genius -- a great man of substance and courage who never lost his humility.

The Los Angeles presentation of Akio Morita was made possible, in part, by the support of The Siegfred & Betsy Kagawa Foundation, Yoshiko Morita, and William G. & Carol K. Ouchi.

Generous support was also provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, First Federal Financial, Sempra Energy, Sony Electronics Inc., The Pacific Bridge Companies, American Airlines, Igfy Corporation, and The New Otani Hotel & Garden Los Angeles.

Additional support was provided by Hiroko Onoyama Sugawara, Ted Tokio Tanaka Architects, and the Asia America Symphony Association. Media sponsors include the Los Angeles Downtown News, LA18 KSCI-TV, and The Rafu Shimpo.

Past Events

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Closing of the exhibition Akio Morita

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Developed by members of the Akio Morita family, this exhibition commemorates the remarkable life and achievements of Mr. Akio Morita (1921-1999), co-founder of Sony Corporation.

Sunday, July 15, 2007
2:00 PM

A Tribute to Akio Morita by the Asia America Youth Orchestra

Formed by renowned pianist-composer, David Benoit, the mission of the Asia America Youth Orchestra is to provide young musicians with a rigorous training program to develop their talents and prepare them for multi-faceted careers in the arts. The program will reflect Mr. Morita's visionary legacy of promoting U.S.-Japan relations through innovation, exchange, and respect. $8 National Museum Members; $13 non-members. Seating is limited; call 213-625-0414 to purchase advance tickets.

Made possible by the generous support of Ted Tokio Tanaka Architects and the Asian American Symphony Association.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Opening of the exhibition Akio Morita

events/2007-07-13_morita.jpg

Developed by members of the Akio Morita family, this exhibition commemorates the remarkable life and achievements of Mr. Akio Morita (1921-1999), co-founder of Sony Corporation.

While more widely known as an electronic innovator who left an incredible impact on music, movies, and entertainment, it was Akio Morita's efforts to produce closer ties between Japan and the rest of the world that brought him international recognition, including an Honorary KBE (Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for strengthening Anglo-Japan relations.

The Akio Morita exhibition is comprised of photographs, videos, and artifacts which provide insight into a devoted husband, father, internationalist and visionary genius.

The Los Angeles presentation of the Akio Morita exhibition was made possible, in part, by the generous support of William G. & Carol K. Ouchi, the Sig & Betsy Kagawa Foundation, Yoshiko Morita, American Airlines, and Sony Electronics Inc. Additional support was provided by Hiroko Onoyama Sugawara.

Media Sponsors: Los Angeles Downtown News, LA18 KSCI-TV and The Rafu Shimpo.

 

 

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