Thursday, October 17th, 2019 Dearest Lenny: Letters from Japan and the Making of the World Maestro

Thursday, October 17, 20192:00PM - 4:00PMExternal Event, East Asian Studies Lounge, 14th floor, Robarts Library, University of Toronto, 130 St. George Street


Mari Yoshihara will speak about her new book, Dearest Lenny: Letters from Japan and the Making of the World Maestro, which interweaves the history of Leonard Bernstein’s transformation from an American icon to a world maestro with an intimate story of his relationships with two Japanese individuals: Amano Kazuko, a loyal fan who began writing letters to Bernstein in 1947, and Kunihiko Hashimoto, a young man who fell deeply in love with Bernstein in 1979 and later became his business representative. During the period in which these two relationships unfolded, Japan’s place in the world and its relationship vis-à-vis the United States changed dramatically, which in turn shaped Bernstein’s connection to the country. Yoshihara will trace the making of a global Bernstein amidst the shifting change of classical music that made this American celebrity turn increasingly to Europe and Japan.

Mari Yoshihara is Professor and Chair of American Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the editor of American Quarterly. Her publications include Embracing the East: White Women and American Orientalism (2003) and Musicians from a Different Shore: Asians and Asian Americans in Classical Music (2007).

*Dearest Lenny: Letters from Japan and the Making of the World Maestro will be available for purchase at the venue.

The lounge is located on the 14th floor of the Robarts Library. Take the P4 elevator from the 2nd floor of Robarts to the 14th floor. On exiting the elevator, head LEFT and follow signs to EAS.


Mari Yoshihara
American Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Takashi Fujitani
Director, Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies

Main Sponsor

Asian Institute


Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies


Department of East Asian Studies

Centre for the Study of the United States

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