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 survive.
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. His publications include “A Historical Guide to Yokohama.”
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