Japan Society of Fairfield County
Interesting People


Former Member Mari Okuda wins top portrait prize in Japan

Advisory Board Member Noboru Uezumi recently passed away

Member Gene Takahashi recently passed away.
David Halberstam's article on Gene   Gene's JSFC article on Poston Internment Camp

Member Brita Darany von Regensburg is a 2007 "Spirit of Greenwich" award recipient
Member Brita Darany is President of Friends of Autistic People
Member Joy Brown's Still Mountain Center and Anagama Style Japanese Kiln
Member, composer, and pianist Takeshi Asai leads Jazz Group Wafoo
Members Tibor and Brita Darany were honored as Volunteer Couple of the Year by the Town of Greenwich. (4/17/2005)
Member Julius Alexander was honored as volunteer of the year in New Canaan in 2004

Historic Individuals

Articles on individuals that influenced America and Japan and the tri-state area
Manjiro: First US immigrant from Japan    Visit Manjiro sites in Fairhaven, MA
Joseph Heco:  First naturalized US citizen, promoted Japan/US business
Townsend Harris, First Western Consul General to Japan opens commerce, founded City College of New York
Eliphalet Brown (7/1/1816-1/23/1886) took the first photos in Japan with Perry expedition and is buried in Ridgefield, CT
Ridgefield Press article on above       Directions to gravesite
Jokichi Takamine:  isolated/purified the hormone adrenaline, founded Nippon Club in NYC
Genjiro Eto: Fairfield County Artist    Visit Bush-Holley House where Genjiro worked in Greenwich
Kanichi Asakawa:  Yale Professor, helped draft Treaty of Portsmouth after Russo-Japanese War
Toyohiko Takami:  Founder of JAA, Graduate, Cornell Med. School
Hideyo Noguchi:  Bacteriologist, Discovered infective agent of syphilis and other diseases
George Masa:  Photographer instrumental in establishing Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Sessue Hayakawa:  Early Movie actor
Junzo Nojima:  Hero of Stamford/Kamishibai presentation

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