Organised by the Embassy of Japan and the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre UCL, this event coincides with the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Choshu Five
in the UK. These five young men were members of the Choshu clan in western Japan who secretly left the country during the turbulent times toward the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The purpose of their trip was to study at UCL and to attempt to gain better knowledge of western nations. One of the five, Yozo Yamao
, who later came to be known as 'The Father of Japanese Engineering', is also credited with creating Japan's first schools for blind children and for deaf children. His interest in this field stems from his time in the UK, in particular his time in Glasgow where he met deaf people and saw workers signing at Napier's Shipyard.
This programme forms part of the XIth Conference on Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR
) at the UCL.
Lecture programme adviser: Dr Norie Oka, Meisei Gakuen School for the Deaf.