by Frederik L. Schodt, Author
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 5:00 p.m. | USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall, Maraschi Room
On New Year’s Eve, 1866, Professor Risley arrived in San Francisco from Yokohama, Japan. He was accompanied by the Imperial Japanese Troupe of acrobats and performers, who under his direction would amaze not only the residents of San Francisco but also huge audiences on the East Coast and in Europe. Risley was a famous acrobat in his own right, and the story of how he introduced circus to Japan and how he triggered a craze in Japanese performers in the West is part of a fascinating lost-but-recently-uncovered history.