By Frederik L. Schodt
"Frederik L. Schodt has in the end unveiled the interesting tale of 'Professor Risley.' Circus students, background buffs, and a person with an oz of interest will be thankful to him."—Dominique Jando, Circopedia.org
"Professor" Risley (Richard Risley Carlisle) brought the Western circus to Japan in 1864. 3 years later, this former acrobat gave many within the West their first glimpse of Japan whilst he took his "Imperial jap Troupe" of acrobats and jugglers on a effective journey of North the United States and Europe. Over the following few years, the Troupe played ahead of presidents, monarchs, and traditional electorate. Frederik L. Schodt argues compellingly that such early well known entertainments helped stir a interest approximately all issues eastern that at last ended in japonisme, The Mikado, and, in our time, the increase in manga and anime.
Schodt's depiction of Risley and his troupe is enlivened by means of images of the circus demimonde and supported through nineteenth-century photos, posters, and drawings, many in colour. His bills of those first conferences among Westerners and jap shed new mild on how diversified cultures meet, mingle, and impression one another. Descriptions of crowds, fabulous workouts, and big name troupe performers just like the recognized Little very well are a pleasant revelation to somebody attracted to Asia, the circus, and well known entertainment.
Frederik L. Schodt has authored various books approximately Japan, together with Manga! Manga! and Native American within the Land of the Shogun. In 2009 for his paintings he was once presented the Order of the emerging sunlight, Gold Rays with Rosette.