Stories from the War


Stories from the War

January–August 2015

Marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, Japan Society presents the Society-wide series Stories from the War. Encompassing theater performances, film screenings, lectures, panels and educational opportunities for young people, programming from January to August explores history and considers challenging issues that the U.S. and Japan faced surrounding WWII through a contemporary lens.

Performing Arts

Corporate Program

Globus Film Series

The Most Beautiful: The War Films of Shirley Yamaguchi & Setsuko Hara

The Film Program will present a series focusing on the work of two stars of Japanese cinema: Shirley Yamaguchi (aka Li Xianglang or Ri Koran or Yoshiko Yamaguchi) and Setsuko Hara, both born in 1920. Through a selection of films made before, during and after WWII, the series will illustrate how both of the actresses’ roles on the silver screen transformed over time according to the perspective of a nation undergoing significant changes – from a colonizing Japan allied with Nazi Germany to a defeated nation under the occupation of U.S. forces promoting democracy.
The series is guest curated by Dr. Markus Nornes, Professor of Asian Cinema in the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan.

Language Center

Stories from the War Series<br><em>Noh and Nagasaki</em> Language Workshop

The Toyota Language Center offers a series of workshops for advanced Japanese language learners surrounding the three Stories from the War theatrical presentations offered this season. Each workshop will consist of two class sessions and the theatrical performance. In the class sessions, students will explore a range of topics relating to the productions through media, the original scripts and plays, and discussions with special guests. Workshops are open to students who are in Japanese levels 12-13 and/or Kanji 3-4 or have the equivalent level of proficiency.

The Story of Tokyo Rose Language Workshop
January 30–Feb 1

The Life of Yokohama Merii Language Workshop
April 24–26

Noh and Nagasaki Language Workshop
May 15–17

Education & Family Programs

70 Years Later: Reflecting on the Atomic Bombings with Survivors & President Truman’s Grandson
April 28

Survivors from the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki recall, reflect, and pass on first-hand stories from these historic events to local area high school students.

Images: Zero Hour © Miwa Yanagi; Yokohama Rosa © Hideo Mori; Holy Mother in Nagasaki © DEITz CO., Ltd.

Stories from the War is supported by a generous grant from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission.

Theater programs for Stories from the War are generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose’s Last Tape is generously supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal year 2014, The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN Program, Mr. Alan M. Suhonen, Dr. John K. Gillespie, The Globus Family, Ms. Paula S. Lawrence, and anonymous donors.


Yokohama Rosa is generously supported by Mr. Alan M. Suhonen, Dr. John K. Gillespie, The Globus Family, Ms. Paula S. Lawrence, and anonymous donors.
Changing Memories of World War II, 70 Years after 1945 is supported by a generous grant from The Sasakawa Peace Foundation – through the National Association of Japan-America Societies, Inc.


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