In 1841, the 14-year-old Nakahama Manjiro joined a fishing expedition off the coast of Usa, Japan. The boat was caught in a terrifying storm and Manjiro found himself marooned on an Island for 6-months. He was eventually rescued by Captain William Whitfield, who offered Manjiro his own home in America and the opportunity to receive an education there. The relationship they formed and Manjiro’s rare command of English became pivotal in building the Japan-US relationship after Japanese isolationism ended.
Local Sessons (Homestay Program)
Participants travel to various homestay towns where they stay with host families to commemorate the way Captain Whit-field opened his home to Manjiro. Dur-ing the homestay, town leaders and host families work together to share the best that their community has to offer.
How to get involved
Be a host family
Help plan and organize
The 2018 Grassroots Summit is an opportunity to help with the Japan - U.S. relationship at a grassroots level.