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A Personal Journey: Japan’s War Brides

At our June meeting, hear the moving stories of Japanese war brides, who began new lives in difficult circumstances in the U.S., from filmmaker Lucy Craft, herself the daughter of a Japanese war bride. Join us as Lucy recounts the stories of these women and the making of her documentary 'Fall Seven Times, Get up Eight.’

Thursday June 8th / 19:00 - 22:00 / Members ¥2000 (Associates ¥1500) / Non-members (Women only) ¥5000 / Students and Interns (Women only) ¥3000 (includes light buffet and beverages)

Many decades before the Abe government started pushing the term ‘soft power,’ Japanese women were in effect grassroots ambassadors for their country– by marrying American soldiers and moving to the U.S. These so-called war brides quietly represented Japanese culture there, on their own terms.

The story of these war brides has for many years remained untold. Now, with the documentary, ‘Fall Seven Times, Get up Eight,’ three women who are the daughters of Japanese war brides are recounting their tales.

Lucy2Filmmaker Lucy Craft will talk about the making of the film and how she only fully learned her mother’s background once the cameras started rolling. Check out the trailer  for the documentary here.

A native of Washington, D.C., Lucy Craft is a Tokyo-based freelance journalist, who produces and reports for CBS News. She has contributed stories to NPR, PBS, the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, and many other news outlets.


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Event Details

A Personal Journey: Japan’s War Brides
Thursday June 8th
19:00 - 22:00
Members ¥2000 (Associates ¥1500) / Non-members (Women only) ¥5000 / Students and Interns (Women only) ¥3000 (includes light buffet and beverages)
Minami Azabu Centre Hall
4-12-25 Minamiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047