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Japanese Travelers at the Golden Gate: US-Japanese Encounters & Diplomatic History

February 28 @ 1:30 pm

Japanese Travelers at the Golden Gate

U.S.-Japanese Encounters in San Francisco and the Birth of US-Japan Diplomacy

February 28, 2020 at the University of San Francisco


2020 marks the 160th anniversary of the voyage to the port of San Francisco of the Karin Maru and the first Japanese diplomatic mission to the West.  It also marks the 150th anniversary of the Japanese Consulate-General in San Francisco, Japan’s first diplomatic mission in the US.  These two events framed the birth of an intense and complex bilateral diplomatic relationship that has been equally important to both nations over the ensuing century and a half. Better understanding the origins of that engagement can lead to a deeper appreciation of the value and resilience of the US-Japan relationship that remains today mutually critical for both nations.


Save the date!

February 28, 2020


University of San Francisco
The Ricci Institute
2800 Turk Blvd
San Francisco, CA



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