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Passports to Friendship: Celebrating 75 Years of U.S.-Japan Friendship Doll Exchange

July 27 - October 13, 2002

In 1927, millions of American and Japanese children participated in an exchange program aimed at promoting peace, goodwill and understanding between their two nations. American children sent 12,739 dolls to coincide with the traditional Japanese Girl's Day festival known as Hina Matsuri. Later that year, Japanese children reciprocated by sending 58 dolls to the U.S. in time for Christmas celebrations.

Each doll carried with it a passport and the good wishes of the children. This exhibition traced the historical and political context of the 1927 doll exchange, relates what happened to the dolls in the intervening years and revives the original mission to educate children how to respect and value diverse cultures and experiences.

Passports to Friendship included twelve American and Japanese dolls from the 1927 exchange, many of which were exhibited for the first time in Los Angeles. The exhibition included: Miss Dai Nippon (Smithsonian Institution), Miss Tottori and her brother (Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society), Miss Kagawa (North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences), Miss Osaka-fu (Ohio Historical Society), and Miss Toyama (Speed Art Museum, Kentucky), and American dolls from elementary schools in Hyogo, Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Osaka prefectures in Japan.

Past Events

Saturday, March 19, 2005
10:30 AM

Doll and Tea Party

Join us for tea and dessert and meet some of the dolls in the National Museum's collection. Bring your own doll or action figure for a morning of storytelling.

Sunday, October 13, 2002

Closing of the exhibition, Passports to Friendship: Celebrating 75 Years of U.S.-Japan Friendship Doll Exchange

Closing of the exhibition, Passports to Friendship: Celebrating 75 Years of U.S.-Japan Friendship Doll Exchange

Saturday, August 10, 2002
1:30 PM

A Mission of Friendship

Three expert panelists provide insight into the grassroots efforts of ordinary citizens to better relations between the U.S. and Japan in 1927. They also reveal efforts to preserve the surviving dolls and continuing relations started 75 years ago. The panel features Michiko Takaoka, director of the Japanese Cultural Center, Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute, Spokane, Washington; Rosie Skiles, Friendship Doll Researcher, Japanese American Doll Enthusiasts; and Dr. Sidney Gulick III, grandson of the initiator of the 1927 exchange and co-founder of Friendship Ambassador, Inc. Join us in learning more about this little-known legacy of past and current Friendship Doll exchanges on both sides of the Pacific.

1:30-2:30 pm English Language Panel Discussion
2:30-3:00 pm Book Signing
3:00-4:00 pm Japanese Language Presentation

Saturday, July 27, 2002

Opening of the exhibition, Passports to Friendship: Celebrating 75 Years of U.S.-Japan Friendship Doll Exchange

Opening of the exhibition, Passports to Friendship: Celebrating 75 Years of U.S.-Japan Friendship Doll Exchange

Saturday, July 27, 2002
2:00 PM

Members' Reception for the exhibition, Passports to Friendship: Celebrating 75 Years of U.S.-Japan Friendship Doll Exchange

Open to members at the Contributing Level ($125) and above. By invitation only. RSVP required. Please call Theresa Hashimoto at 213.830.5655 for more information.

Friday, July 26, 2002

Sponsors' Reception for the exhibition, Passports to Friendship: Celebrating 75 Years of U.S.-Japan Friendship Doll Exchange

Attendance at this private event is by invitation only.

 

 

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