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On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Dr. Issei Imanaga, the Great- great- grandchild of Nakahama Manjiro (John Mung) shared the true story of a young Japanese man who carried out his mission of a friendship between Japan and America and first introduced America to Japan about 170 years ago. His name in Japan was Manjiro Nakahama and was called John Mung in the U.S.A. The spirit of Manjiro was the focus of the lecture titled:
A man who built a bridge of friendship between Japan and the U.S.A. 170 years ago.
―Nakahama Manjiro (John Mung) ―It started in Hawaii.
Dr. Issei Imanaga is a trustee with the Nishinippon Junior College in Fukuoka, Japan. He is a graduate of Kyushu University Medical School and taught at Fukuoka University Medical School and Kanazawa Medical University.
Dr. Imanaga accompanied the Nishinippon Junior College High School on their annual school trip to Hawaii and the University Laboratory School.
University Laboratory School and Nishinippon Junior College High School has a long and enriching sister school relationship since 1982. For 35 years, we have built on the traditions of excellence, where thousands of students, teachers and administrators of both schools have shared many rewarding educational experiences that have deepened our understanding of international ties and connections, as well as deepened the bonds of our friendship.
We were honored that Hawaii State Representative and former president of the Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai Bertrand Kobayashi was able to attend this lecture along with the University Laboratory School grade 10 students and teachers, Principal Higuchi- Nishinippon Junior College High School, Sumi Koga- Manager of Educational Affairs Department Nishi-Nippon Junior College, ULS Governing Board Chair Denise Yoshimori-Yamamoto, ULS Foundation Executive Director Lani Kaaa, and others.
Representative Kobayashi also shared with the students and guests, the history of the three most famous Japanese Americans who are descendants of Fukuoka. Governor George Ariyoshi- 1st State Governor of Asian ancestry, Daniel Inouye- 1st U.S. Senator of Japanese Ancestry, and Ellison Onizuka- 1st astronaut of Japanese ancestry.