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Drifting: Nakahama Manjiro's Tale of Discovery. An Illustrated Manuscript Recounting Ten Years of Adventure at

October 11, 2003 - January 4, 2004

Drifting: Nakahama Manjiro’s Tale of Discovery chronicles the adventures of Manjiro, a Japanese boy who in 1841 was shipwrecked with four companions off the coast of Japan and unwittingly played a significant role in cultural understanding between the United States and Japan.

Rescued by an American whaler, Manjiro lived in Massachusetts and circumnavigated the globe before returning to Japan in 1851. Japanese authorities, both suspicious of and curious about the West, interrogated Manjiro and had him dictate his experiences to a scribe. The resulting manuscript serves as the anchor of this exhibition which explores the spirit of adventure, the beginnings of immigration, and the power of words and illustrations in shaping perceptions of other worlds.

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This is the West Coast premiere of an exhibition organized by the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia, with funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Past Events

Sunday, January 4, 2004

Closing of the exhibition Drifting: Nakahama Manjiro's Tale of Discovery.

An Illustrated Manuscript Recounting Ten Years of Adventure at Sea

Saturday, December 27, 2003

Family Day: Activities, Films, and Family Fun!

This may be your last chance to explore new lands and oceans as Nakahama Manjiro did in the nineteenth century. Bring your family for special gallery activities related to Drifting: Nakahama Manjiro's Tale of Discovery (including a time to put your own collection together) and Object Lessons: Exploring the Permanent Collection.

Sunday, November 2, 2003

Nakahama Manjiro's Tale of Discovery Play

11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Join us for this special interactive performance where select audience members become part of the show! Participants will don period costumes in this adventure that will transport players to a deserted island in the Pacific to Hawai`i, Massachusetts, and California during the Gold Rush.

Sunday, November 2, 2003

Shipwrecked: Adventure on the High Seas

Become an explorer today! Imagination takes center stage as kids of all ages will discover what it was like to sail the high seas in the nineteenth century. All day.

Friday, October 10, 2003
6:30 PM

Members' Reception for Drifting: Nakahama Manjiro's Tale of Discovery

National Museum Members at the Annual Giving Levels ($1,000 and above) are invited to join us for a private preview of the exhibition. RSVP required. For more information, please contact Theresa Hashimoto at 213.830.5655.



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