Concerts and Presentations

A Historical Guide to Yokohama

Saturday 22nd April 16:00 to 18:00 Saint maur Auditorium

Free event for Saint Maur Community (parents/students/staff) when booking up to 24 hours prior.

500 yen for the public or anyone at the door or booking within 24 hours (including parents/students/staff of Saint Maur).

Possibility of book signing afterwards by the author Mr. Burrit Sabin.

The discount code for Saint Maur Community has been sent to individual families and needs to be applied in order to benefit from the free access.

Contact ggaury@stmaur.ac.jp if you believe you have not received it.

About This Lecture

“At Yokohama “as at Hong Kong and Calcutta”, observed Passepartout, Phileas Fogg’s comic servant, were mixed crowds of all races — Americans and English, Chinamen and Dutchmen, mostly merchants ready to buy or sell anything”. Yokohama was the sort of place Jules Verne would send Fogg on his race around the world in 80 days. It was the principal port for tea and silk export, the port where most visitors arrived, and the port from which generations of Japanese statesmen, students, and emigrants left. It was where whalers and sealers found haven, and where the great passenger liners called. It was a charming city of gaslights and brick, a bund and Western-style parks. But Old Yokohama was destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake. In his lecture Burritt Sabin will recount the history of this extraordinary city and show where the relics of Old Yokohama survive.

About Our Speaker

Burritt Sabin’s association with Yokohama dates from the 1970s when he arrived in Japan as a navy officer. After living in Tokyo, he returned to Yokohama in the 1980s and has lived there ever since. After leaving the navy, he embarked on a career in journalism and for many years wrote a popular column for the Asahi Shimbun. His publications include “A Historical Guide to Yokohama.”

Free for Saint Maur Community (parents/students/staff) up to 24 hours prior, 500 yen for the public or anyone at the door or booking within 24 hours (including parents/students/staff of Saint Maur).

The unlock code for Saint Maur Community has been sent to individual families and needs to be applied in order to benefit from the free access.

Contact ggaury@stmaur.ac.jp if you believe you have not received it.