A Memories of Now Seminar Series Presentation
LEARN ABOUT ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SITES IN THE NATION REFLECTING OVER 120 YEARS OF US-JAPAN RELATIONS – The Garden of the Phoenix in Jackson Park, Chicago. Established in 1893, the Phoenix Pavilion and its garden were one of the best examples outside of Japan of Japanese architecture and a Japanese garden, until their loss in 1946, the founding year of the JASC. Today, it is the site of SKY LANDING, by Yoko Ono.
The Shoji Osato Story
Robert W. Karr, Jr. will introduce the life of Shoji Osato (1885-1955), who arrived in the U.S. at the age of 19 to pursue the American Dream. In 1935, with wife Frances Fitzpatrick and three children, he assumed care of the Garden of the Phoenix in Jackson Park, Chicago. When war erupted in the Pacific, he was deemed an enemy of the state and interned in a little known facility on the Southside of Chicago. His family persevered, and his eldest daughter Sono starred on Broadway in 1944 as the all-American girl in Bernstein’s On the Town, while his son risked his life with the 442nd RCT on the front lines in Italy.
Mr. Karr, President of Project 120 Chicago and the Garden of the Phoenix Historian, will also connect the Garden’s extraordinary past to SKY LANDING, a symbol of peace and the first permanent work in the Americas by artist Yoko Ono, which is rising from the site of the original Phoenix Pavilion (1893-1946) in Jackson Park.
When: Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Where: JASC at 4427 N Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640
Event and Parking are Free.
RSVP to Ryan Yokota
By calling or emailing at:
773-275-0097, ext.222 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Sponsored by the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society.