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November Luncheon


Topic: World War I, Bando Camp and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Speaker: Dr. Inga Streb

Date: November 14, 2018 (Wednesday)

Venue: Tokyo American Club

Time: 11:30 Social Gathering  / 11:50 Luncheon

Fee: ¥4,000 members  /  ¥4,500 guests

RSVP: by noon on 8 November 2018

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At the beginning of WW1 in 1914, roughly 4,700 soldiers from Germany and Austria-Hungary were conveyed to and imprisoned in Japan after their defeat in Qingdao, China. Initially, they were sheltered in public buildings, but then moved in 1916 to six specifically erected POW camps in different places in Western Japan.

One of these camps was situated in the former village of Bandō, near the city of Naruto in Tokushima Prefecture in the vicinity of Ryōzenji, Temple No.1 on the Kyūshū pilgrimage route. Approximately 1,000 interned prisoners were given generous freedoms in terms of their daily organisation within the camp and were also allowed contact with the local Japanese residents outside the camp, most probably due to the German-friendly and humane attitude of the camp commander Colonel Toyohisa Matsue.

Printed material of that time period shows a vast number of cultural and sporting events taking place, the most famous being the first performance in Japan of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Daiku), now considered an indispensable musical program each year-end in Japan.

Please join us to hear former CWAJ member, Dr Inga Streb, speak about this little known but important part of recent Japanese history.

Speaker Profile:

Dr Inga Streb received her doctorate from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Japanese Studies with a minor in Chinese Studies and Ethnology. She first came to Japan in 1973-1976 and then lived and worked in Tokyo from 1979-1996. She taught at Yokohama National University and Kokugakuin University from 1979-1983 and was a member of CWAJ between 1982-1996 when she worked on the Lecture Series program. Inga has been involved in the acquisition of historical Japanese books for the Department for Historical Japanese literature at Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (BSB) since 1976, and continues with her research activities, lectures and publications on a variety of Japanese-related topics.

Luncheon Program Coordinators

Joan Rodgers Doi and Shigeko Nagaoka


Starter:  Creamy Mushroom Soup with Roasted Chestnuts


Main:  Pan Seared Yellow Tail with Pumpkin Puree, Grilled Vegetable and Tomato Olive Sauce

(Vegetarian Option:  Delicious Black Bean Burritos and Roasted Pilaf)


Dessert:  Classic Pumpkin Pie

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Luncheon Program Coordinators:  Joan Rodgers Doi and Shigeko Nagaoka

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