“The LAST of the SAMURAI” exhibition starts at JIC Hall, Chicago, on 10th April 2018, presented by JCII, co-organized by Media Art League


In the late 19th century, the Tokugawa Shogunate dispatched a delegation of Samurai later followed by the Iwakura Mission to the USA

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration, when Japan ended its self-imposed isolation, the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago will host a new photo exhibition, The LAST of the SAMURAI, from the 10th to the 25th of April 2018 at the Japan Information Center Hall.

This exhibition of 49 photographs, presented by the Japan Camera Industry Institute (JCII, Tokyo) and co-organized by Media Art League (Tokyo/Toronto), seeks to inspire the observer with the mutual friendship of our two respective nations, which endured turbulent times —before and after the Meiji Restoration— to promote understanding and peace for generations to come.

The exhibition, The Last of the Samurai introduces portraits of those two first Japanese diplomatic missions to the U.S., the latter of which also stopped in Chicago for one day.


Tuesday, April 10th– Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Opening Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9:15AM – 6:00PM / Sat.10:00AM – 4:00PM  (Sunday closed)

Venue:   JIC Hall, Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago

737 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 1000.  Chicago, IL 60611

[Opening Event]

Tuesday, April 10th 2018 @6:30 PM

— Greeting from Consul General Naoki Ito

— Introduction by Miro Ito, Project Co-organizer

— Short lecture by Dr. Thomas Gaubatz, Assistant Professor in the Department of

Asian Languages and Cultures from Northwestern University

— Solo Performance with Samurai Sword Techniques combined with Ballet

by Shunso (Artistic Direction by Miro Ito / Music by Hagi)

Sushi and Refreshments




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