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Photo Exhibition: Helen Keller and Hachiko

  • Friday, March 09, 2018
  • 10:00 AM
  • Friday, March 23, 2018
  • 7:00 PM
  • The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, 5700 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 9003

Perkins School for the Blind Archives

Odate city, Akita prefecture

Photo exhibit dates: March 9, 2018 - March 23, 2018
Exhibition hours: Monday-Friday: 10am-7pmClosed on Weekends

Special Preview Nights
Movie screening: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 7-9pm
Akita dog Lecture: Thursday, March 8, 2018  7-9pm
Photo exhibit curator, Yumi McDonald will be attending the lecture in person

Admission Free

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036 Map
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About the Exhibition

Helen Keller loved the famous loyal Akita dog Hachiko(Hachi). When she visited Japan in 1937 she was given an Akita puppy from people in Akita. The exhibition introduces much less-known relations between Helen Keller, Hachiko and her Akita dogs. Yumi McDonald's mother used to live in Shibuya and saw Hachiko as a little girl on a regular basis. Yumi will exhibit pictures of 1930s Tokyo life personally taken by her grandfather.

The exhibit includes the children’s books her mother read, a 1930s Shirley Temple doll and the 1948 October issue of Mainichi Graphic. The fascinating picture of Helen Keller touching the statue of Hachiko was published in this old magazine. After the Exhibition in Los Angeles, the magazine will be donated to the Shibuya Folk and Literary Shirane Memorial Museum.

This exhibition is a rare opportunity to look at the pictures collected from Tokyo, Akita, New York, Boston and Westport, Connecticut where Helen Keller used to live.

About Hachiko (Hachi)

Hachiko was a Akita dog born in Odate, Akita in 1923. At the age of 8 weeks, he was adopted by Professor Hidesaburo Ueno. He was a faculty member of the Agricultural Engineering Department at the Imperial University of Tokyo. He suddenly passed away at the university on May 21st, 1925. Hachiko searched for his master desperately and returned to the same spot in front of Shibuya station to look for his master.

Mrs. Ueno understood that Hachiko missed professor Ueno so much. She asked their former gardener, who lived near Shibuya station to keep Hachiko. From then on, Hachiko travels to Shibuya station in the mornings and evenings from the gardener’s house to wait for his former master. He continued to do so, every day rain or shine for nearly 10 years until his own death on March 8th, 1935.

About the Curator: Yumi McDonald

Born in Tokyo and graduated from Keio University with a degree in psychology. She has written on art, lifestyles and travel for major Japanese magazines includingBrutus, 25ans, Seven Seas, Skyward, and many newspapers. She is the director of the Japan Society of Fairfield County.

Web: www.yumimcdonald.com

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