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Lectures on America Japan and the Orient Dr. Toyokichi Iyenaga, of Japan Professorial Lecturer in the University of Chicago figure Subjects THE EAST AND THE WEST THE UNITED STATES IN THE ORIENT BUSHIDO: THE SOUL OF JAPAN THE LAND AND PEOPLE OF THE MIKADO'S EMPIRE. (Illustrated) Management Slayton Lyceum Bureau Steinway Hall, Chicago America, Japan and the Orient N O EVENT in contemporary history has been so revolutionary as the late Russo-Japanese War. It has revolutionized the thoughts of Christendom concerning the Orient. It has caused the re-grouping of the European powers in their political relationship. It has deepened the interests, political and commercial, of the United States in the Orient. It has brought Japan to the front, and made her the dominant factor in the Far East. Japan and the Orient have thus become the subjects of intense interest throughout the civilized world. The foremost expounder of the Oriental questions on the lecture platform in America is Toyokichi Iyenaga, a native of Japan, educated in America, who has returned to this country after years of service to his native government to tell us the interesting story of his own land and people. When Baron Kaneko, while representing the Mikado at the Portsmouth Peace Conference, was asked to recommend one of his countrymen to lecture on Japan he promptly suggested Toyokichi Iyenaga Dr. Iyenaga's ability in popularizing his subjects is unique, and his lectures have been applauded by hundreds of audiences east and west. His enthusiasm, wit, and eloquence have called forth the heavy commendation of thousands. During the past three years he has delivered more than fifty lectures in Greater New York, and an equal number in Chicago, and in the two seasons past has appeared before fifty Chautauqua Assemblies. The lecture on The Land and the People of the Mikado's Empire is illustrated with a magnificient collection of colored lantern slides, all hand made in Japan by the best native artists. By this means the lecturer takes his audience into the midst of his own land and people and enables them to see more than they could in weeks of travel. All who remember Admiral Togo's utterance ascribing the victory in the Sea of Japan to the brilliant virtues of His Imperial Majesty the Emperor and the protection of the spirits of His Imperial ancestors will listen with intense interest to Dr. Iyenaga's scholarly lecture on Bushido: The Soul of Japan. His lecture on the East and the West is the able analysis and comparison of the Oriental civilizations, with both of which the lecturer is by education and long contact perfectly familiar. It abounds with witty stories, humorous allusions, and good natured criticisms of Western ways and customs. It has met the most hearty reception wherever it has been delivered. His new lecture on The United States and the Orient is an attempt to survey the position, opportunities, and responsibilities of this country in Asia. Every patriotic American, anxious to become fully acquainted with the doings of his own nation in the Orient, will not fail to be greatly interested in the utterances of a foreigner on the important topic. The Slayton Lyceum Bureau, Chicago, takes pleasure in announcing that it has secured the exclusive management of the Chautauqua work of this brilliant Oriental orator and keen observer of human affairs. DR. IYENAGA, THE JAPANESE SCHOLAR AND ORATOR (EDITORIAL.) Quincy (Ill.) Daily Journal, March 12, 1906. Those who have not heard the five of Dr. Toyokichi Iyenaga's series of six lectures given in this city on Japan and the Japanese, have missed a rare intellectual treat. The lectures have been replete with information in regard to the Island Empire and its people and they have been delivered with such charm of manner as to make them delightful entertainments. The lecturer, from the opening word to the closing sentence, has held the closest attention of his audiences. The address last Saturday evening on the renaissance in Japan, which began about half a century ago, with the causes, internal and external, which initiated the awakening, and are keeping the Japanese in the line of progress, was one of the most instructive and eloquent discourses that the writer has ever heard in Quincy. A report of this lecture can be found on another page of the Journal.Dr. Iyenaga is a man of learning, versed in the lore of the Western world as well as in that of the Orient, and while he makes not the least pedantic display of his attainments, the large knowledge of science and literature and his wide acquaintance with current thought and activities are clearly evident from his address.As a speaker he is eloquent—often thrillingly eloquent—and unique. His voice is resonant except in the higher notes which break into something like shrillness. He possesses imagination and depth of feeling, as well as a clear, penetrating intellect and large intellectual resources. He sees the ludicrous aspects of things and situations and his wit is as keen as a razor's edge. His knowledge and use of the English language are surprising, considering that this language is not his mother tongue. He rarely fails to employ the best word when there is room for a choice, and his words and sentences are those of the educated man and the thinker who knows what he means and selects the precise term needed to express his thought. We doubt whether there is a public speaker in Quincy who uses more scholarly and precise language than does Dr. Iyenaga in his lectures.With his polished diction, energetic expression, poetic ferver, ready wit, and good natured sarcasm, combined with his broad views and cosmopolitan spirit, the doctor would make attractive any subject he might take up, but on Japan, at the present time, a lecture by a Japanese acquainted, not only with the Orient and its people, but with Western civilization as well, and able to rise above the prejudice of race and religion to the discussion, in a judicial spirit, of Japanese development, is of surpassing interest to all who have an outlook upon the world-events of the day. And when the lecturer is able to combine patriotic love of his own land with knowledge and appreciation of what other countries have, of which his own is in need, and can calmly compare civilization as wholes, instead of following the old method of contrasting the black spots in other countries with the bright spots in one's own, he is the more instructive and thereby proves his competency to deal with so large a subject, whatever his nativity, race or religion. Such a man is Dr. Iyenaga, of the Chicago University, and we wish that thousands instead of hundreds in Quincy could have heard the extremely informing and profoundly interesting lectures which he has given in the gymnasium of the Cheerful Home. Dr. Iyenaga gave the last lecture of the course of six on Japan, at the Zenobia last night, to the largest audience ever assembled within the theater. Every available seat in the auditorium was filled, the scenery was removed from the stage to make room for the overflow, and after these chairs were all taken, a number of people were compelled to stand throughout the discourse.— Toledo (Ohio) Blade. During the hour that he spoke, his scholarly thought, expressed in the purest rhetoric, his comprehensive review of the physical conditions and makeup of the land of the Mikado and his vivid descriptions of beautiful scenes in his native country, coupled with glimpses of the life of the Japanese and humorous references to some of our national customs, held the closest attention of his hearers. The lecture was illustrated by almost ninety beautiful stereopticon slides, the work of Japanese artists, which were the most beautiful ever seen in Keokuk.— Keokuk (Ia.) Constitution-Democrat. Masterful is the single word which best and briefly describes the lecture which Toyokichi Iyenaga, Ph.D., of the University of Chicago, delivered at the Vine Street school, Monday evening. The subject of his lecture last evening was The East and the West. A thoroughly comprehensive and scholarly comparison was given of the Oriental and Occidental civilizations.— Kalamazoo (Mich.) Gazette. Toyokichi Iyenaga, Ph.D., of Chicago University, has just completed his fourth course of lectures before the Institute, these courses having been delivered at intervals during the past three years. The audiences have been large, crowding the auditorium, and they have been made up of the most thoughtful and public-spirited citizens of this community. There has been an increased interest in Dr. Iyenaga's lectures from the first, and it is with sore regret that we have to contemplate the fact that he will not be able to lecture for us another season. Dr. Iyenaga uses the English language most forcibly and beautifully. He develops his theme in an orderly manner and what he has to say with regard to Japan, China, Corea, the Eastern Question, the late Russo-Japanese Conflict, the Peace of Portsmouth, the relation of Japan to the other Oriental Countries, and the Relations between the Eastern Civilizations and our Own, is of supreme and vital importance and interest. — Franklin W. Hooper, Director Brooklyn Institute, Brooklyn, N. Y., Dec. 29, 1905. Prof. Iyenaga's lecture, clothed as it was in chaste English, showed him not merely the scholarly, well-poised master of his subject, but an orator of exceptional power.— Louisville Courier-Journal. His observations were in every case cordially received with applause or laughter by an audience in which there were several Japanese. Dr. Iyenaga is an orator, a man with a quick sense of humor, and one who carries his hearers with him. He is also intensely patriotic.— Brooklyn (N. Y.) Eagle. The lecture was greatly enjoyed, being brilliant, satrical, and remarkable for choice of verbiage, as well as the eloquence with which it was delivered.— Dayton (Ohio) News. The lecture was masterly and comprehensive, abounding in stirring statements couched in such witty garb as to make them very pleasing.— New Brunswick (N. J.) Daily Home News. Dr. Iyenaga was a treat. He showed a keen sense of humor, a profound knowledge of his subject, and gave his hearers a delightful evening.— Hudson (N. Y.) Republican. The lecturer is thoroughly Americanized and while his enunciation is flavored with the Japanese accent distinctly, his vocabulary is apparently unlimited, and his rhetoric graceful and vigorous. He typifies the virility, progressiveness, and intellectual thought of his native land. Professor Iyenaga's peroration was one of the most eloquent ever heard here. With an ease of expression, a rapidity of summary, and a poetic imaginative coloring he brought the lecture to a brilliant close.— Elkhart (Ind.) Daily Truth.
|Title||Lectures on America Japan and the Orient: Dr. Toyokichi Iyenaga, of Japan|
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|Personal Name Subject||Iyenaga, Toyokichi|
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