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USC Noboru Inamoto Lectureship

The friends and family of Noboru Inamoto established the Inamoto Lectureship in 1997 as a means of fulfilling the lifelong ideals of Professor Inamoto: to support closer ties between individuals and institutions in the United States of America and Japan and other East Asian countries.

With thanks to Barbara Inamoto, our generous retiree, donor, and widow of Prof. Noboru Inamoto, the USC Emeriti Center co-sponsored a series of evening lectures at the Huntington Library.

Although this lectureship is no longer active, please feel free to request Japanese cultural events through the Inamoto fund.

These lectures were made possible by the USC Emeriti Center’s Noboru Inamoto Endowment, promoting understanding of Japanese culture, and Frank and Toshie Mosher.


Following are the events that have been held as part of the series:

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens:


Bruce Coats, Professor of Art History and the Humanities, Scripps College
From Castles to Tearooms: An Overview of Japanese Architecture and Carpentry Traditions

Hannah Sigur, Adjunct Lecturer, Santa Clara University
Framing a New Elegance: The World of George T. Marsh and His Japanese House

Jun Hu, Assistant Professor of Art History, Northwestern University
The Lives of a Memorial Building: from Nara and Beyond

Yasufumi Nakamori, Curator & Head of the Department of Photography and New Media, The Minneapolis Institute of Art
Katsura, Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture, Photographs by Yasuhiro Ishimoto


James Folsom, Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
An Icon Turns 100: The Huntington’s Japanese Garden

Felice Fischer, Curator of Japanese Art and Senior Curator of East Asian Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art
If You Build It They Will Come: A Brief History of Japanese Architecture in Philadelphia


Thomas Elias, Former Director, U. S. National Arboretum, Honorary Director, National Bonsai Foundation
Penjing From Its Roots to the Present Day

Kendall H. Brown, Asian Art Historian, Professor of Asian Art History, California State University, Long Beach
The Evolution of the World’s Japanese Gardens


The Japanese American Experience: Intergenerational Perspectives on Changing Family Values and Culture
Moderator: Cheryl Tsuyuki
Panelists: Sean Miura, Keiko Nakada, Kae Nakayama, Randy Nakayama, Katsuyoshi Nishimoto, and Ryan Onishi


A Japanese Cultural Exchange: Student Panel of Japanese Culture, Art, and Music
Moderator: Stanley Rosen, Professor of Political Science, USC


Jonathan Reynolds, Professor of Art History, USC
A Tale of Two Katsuras: Ishimoto Yasuhiro and the Photographic Representation of the 17th Century Imperial Villa at Katsura


Michael Blaker, Professor, author, and consultant on Japanese business and governmental affairs
Can Japan Become a Major Diplomatic Power?


Robert T. Singer, Curator & Head, Japanese Art Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
What Makes Japanese Art Unique


Peter Berton, Distinguished Professor of International Relations, USC
Japan’s Territorial Dispute with Russia


Robert A. Scalapino, Robson Research Professor of Government Emeritus, UC Berkeley
Japan’s Foreign Policy in the 21st Century


James Yamazaki, Clinical Honorary Professor of Pediatrics, UCLA
Children of the Atomic Bomb: Prelude to the Twenty-First Century Post 911


Peter Berton, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, International Relations, USC
Japan on the Psychologist’s Couch


Frank B. Gibney, President, Pacific Basin Institute, Pomona College
Japan’s One-Party Disaster


Fred G. Notehelfer, Professor of History, UCLA
Rethinking the Meiji Restoration