March 20 – April 13, 2019

NCBF Cherry Blossoms NCBF Cherry Blossoms

April 06, 2016



Noon – 2:30 PM


1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, The Mayflower Hotel (East Room)


FREE, pre-register here


Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA invites you to celebrate more than 70 years of friendship between the United States and Japan with a clip reel viewing, panel discussion and audience Q&A looking at films that portray Japan and Japanese people.

The event will feature a clip reel screening of American movies about Japan ranging from the faraway and mysterious Japan of 100 years ago through the wartime enemy to the strong ally of today. An esteemed panel of film critics and Japan experts will then discuss the progression of U.S.-Japan relations over the years through these films.


  • Admiral Dennis C. Blair (USN, ret.), Chairman and CEO, Sasakawa USA
  • Frederick H. Katayama, Anchor and Producer, Reuters Television
  • Jeffrey Lyons, Emmy Award-Winning Movie Critic
  • Yoko Narahashi, Casting Director and Producer, The Last Samurai, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Emperor
  • Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relation
  • Masanori “Mashi” Murakami, Former Major League Baseball Player for the San Francisco Giants (the first Japanese player to play in MLB)

Getting There:

Metro: Farragut North – Use Trip Planner

Contact Information:

P: 202.296.6694 ext. 103
E: schoi@spfusa.org
W: www.spfusa.org