Japanese Music in the United States
Talk By Dr. Minako Waseda

DATE Saturday, June 24, 2017
TIME 1:30pm 
PRICE FREE with paid Museum Admission
LOCATION Morikami Theater

Limited seating in the theater. Tickets are given on the day of the event as a first come, first served basis

Please note: temperatures within our theater tend to drop. We recommend arriving with a jacket or sweater.

This lecture describes the development of Japanese music in the United States since the large scale Japanese immigration in the late 19th century to the present, primarily focusing on Hawaii and California. It covers a wide range of musical examples from folksongs and traditional instruments to modern Taiko ensembles and jazz fusion. It will also refer to some Japanese cultural activities in Florida examining the limited sources available.


Dr. Minako Waseda received her Ph.D. in musicology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and currently teaches at Tokyo University of the Arts, Kunitachi College of Music, Keio University and Waseda University. Her major field of study is Japanese-American musical culture. Her publications include “Music in Japanese American Concentration Camps: The Film Hidden Legacy and its Impact on the Collective Memory,” Testimony Between History and Memory 124 (2017), “Minzoku ongakugaku 12 no shiten” (12 Perspectives on Ethnomusicology, co-author, 2016),“Happyokai bunkaron” (Amateur Stage Performance Culture, co-author, 2015), and “Gospel Music in Japan: Transplantation and Localization of African American Religious Singing,” Yearbook for Traditional Music 45 (2013).