Tsunami: The Tidal Wave as Introduced by Lafcadio Hearn and the Others

  • Tuesday, March 05, 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Mercantile Library

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In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of journalist Lafcadio Hearn’s arrival in the United States, the Mercantile Library is partnering with the Japan Research Center of Greater Cincinnati in hosting professor Junko Umemoto, Ph.D., of Japan’s Nihon University. Lafcadio Hearn lived and worked in Cincinnati in the late 19th century, writing for The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Commercial, and Ye Giglampz. He was also known to frequent the Mercantile Library.

He eventually settled in Japan where he became one of the first “gaijin” (foreigners) to become a citizen of that nation.  Professor Umemoto’s lecture will touch on Hearn’s life here, but her focus will be on proof that he was the first Westerner to use “Tsunami” to describe a tidal wave.

6 pm reception/6:30 pm program

Registration required. $10 for members of the library and event partner organizations. $20 nonmembers. $5 seniors/students.

For more information and to register for the event, please go to the Mercantile Library's website.   (Note:  JASGC members are eligible for the "member" ticket price of $10.00 for this event.  Please contact the library by phone or email to receive this discount.) 

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