Kumiko Strahan

Opening Event: Sunday 6 May, 2 – 4pm,
Artist Talk at 2.30pm
Runs 3 – 13 May 2018

On July 8, 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry of the United States Navy sailed into Tokyo and on behalf of the U.S. government, forced Japan to enter into trade with the United States and demanded a treaty permitting unequal trade conditions, along with the opening of Japanese ports to U.S. merchant ships.

With the election of President Trump and the increasing tension in Eastern Asia, Kumiko Strahan reflects again on the arrival of Commodore Perry and ponders the future that awaits Japan and the United States of America.


Kumiko Strahan was born in Tokyo and travelled to the States as a high school exchange student in 1974. She stayed for 20 years and returned to Japan with her daughter in 1995 and has worked on US military bases in Japan ever since.