Around the World in Cincinnati: Japan - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Rob Williams finds Japanese culture in Cincinnati

Rob WIlliams a a boy Rob WIlliams a a boy
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

If you watch the show, you probably know I have a lot of connections to Japan.  I'm half Japanese and spent most of my school years in Japan. 

However, the tri-state has many connections as well.  I found that out at Japan America Society.  

There are 33 chapters nationwide and there's on in Cincinnati. 

Asami Ono has been interning at the society from Japan for nearly two years now. 

"I got a grant from the Japanese Foundation for two years to introduce Japanese culture in this area.  So I visit schools and libraries," she says.

The Japan America Society's main mission is building friendships between the U.S. and Japan. 

It has been in Cincinnati for 25 years. 

However our area's connection to Japan goes way back, more than 100 years. 

It was Nellie Taft who was instrumental in bringing Japanese cherry blossom trees to our Washington D.C. 

Carla Romanelli is the executive director of the Japan America Society's chapter in Greater Cincinnati.  "She had a mission of beautifying the tidal basin in Washington D.C, and did so with a wonderful beautiful gift of over 3,000 cherry trees that were presented to her by the mayor of Adachi." 

Romanelli also adds that Rookwood Pottery has a connection to Japan too.  "The founder of Rookwood Pottery saw the design of Japanese porcelain at a convention.  I think it was the worlds fair in Philadelphia and she saw Japanese porcelain there and decided to design Rookwood pottery on some what of that design."  

Rookwood's owner actually brought in Japanese artist Kitaro Shirayamadani who worked at the pottery from 1887 until he died in 1948. 

He is actually buried at Spring Grove Cemetery.  Kwaidan, one of Japan's most famous horror movie is based on a book by Lafcadio Hearn.  His connection to Cincinnati? 

He was a journalist for the Cincinnati Enquirer before settling down in Japan in 1890.

  • NewsMore>>

  • One person shot in Smith County domestic dispute

    One person shot in Smith County domestic dispute

    Monday, September 25 2017 12:01 AM EDT2017-09-25 04:01:44 GMT

    Deputies say they responded to the scene around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, and say a husband was holding a gun to his wife when their son intervened. Deputies say the son sustained a gun shot wound to his leg and did not go to the hospital, but sought 'alternate methods of treatment.'

    More >>

    Deputies say they responded to the scene around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, and say a husband was holding a gun to his wife when their son intervened. Deputies say the son sustained a gun shot wound to his leg and did not go to the hospital, but sought 'alternate methods of treatment.'

    More >>
  • Player Spotlight: Whitehouse Wildcat Cameron Cantrell

    Player Spotlight: Whitehouse Wildcat Cameron Cantrell

    Sunday, September 24 2017 11:46 PM EDT2017-09-25 03:46:23 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff

    On Friday night,  Whitehouse wildcat Cameron Cantrell racked up 4 touchdowns and 194 receiving yards.  The Texas Tech commit was quarterback Jake Clemons' one and only target in the end-zone. .  Whitehouse beat Sulphur Springs 28-6.   Copyright 2017 KLTV. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    On Friday night,  Whitehouse wildcat Cameron Cantrell racked up 4 touchdowns and 194 receiving yards.  The Texas Tech commit was quarterback Jake Clemons' one and only target in the end-zone. .  Whitehouse beat Sulphur Springs 28-6.   Copyright 2017 KLTV. All rights reserved.

    More >>
  • DPS responded to fatal wreck involving bicyclist on US 69, CR 452

    DPS responded to fatal wreck involving bicyclist on US 69, CR 452

    Sunday, September 24 2017 8:51 PM EDT2017-09-25 00:51:52 GMT

    Troopers are currently on scene of a vehicle vs. bicyclist fatal crash on US-69N, north of CR-452.  

    More >>

    Troopers are currently on scene of a vehicle vs. bicyclist fatal crash on US-69N, north of CR-452.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly