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Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe

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Some of the earliest films ever made show the popularity of Japanese acrobats
  • 1901: Thomas Edison film showing acrobats at Japanese village in Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.
  • 1904: Thomas A. Edison film of Japanese acrobats.
  • 1907: Les Kiriki - Japanese Acrobats by Segundo de Chomón.

Japanese acrobats also influenced American music.

  • The Lovely Fiammetta, playing the "All Right Polka," from sheet music written by the blind composer E. Mack for Umekichi Hamaikari, in 1868. Music resurrected from oblivion for the book launch party in 2013.

Fia plays Little All Right Polka
Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese is published by the intrepid Stone Bridge Press, Berkeley, California, 2012. It is available for order through finer bookstores (please also ask them to stock it), as well as on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other on-line retailers. It is also available as an e-book on the Amazon Kindle platforms for PC, Macs, and tablets.