Although there were about 30 people at any given time at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Fairhaven on Sunday, 5/5/19, there were people visiting throughout the day, ending up with about 100 people showing up for the annual commemoration of Fairhaven’s special relationship with Japan. The first Japanese person to live and be educated in the US, was 14-year-old Manjiro Nakahama, who was rescued from a desert island in the pacific in 1841 by the John Howland whaling ship, captained by William Whitfield who brought young Manjiro back home to Fairhaven. Japan was a closed society at the time, and Manjiro played a key role in opening up Japan to the west. To learn more about the Manjiro story and the renovation of the house on Cherry Street in Fairhaven, visit www.whitfield-manjiro.org or email gerry@WMFriendshipHouse.org. Photos by Glenn C. Silva. See more of his photos on Instagram: @asttephoto
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