Building a bridge between Japan and the United States... 

Japan Research Center of Greater Cincinnati

President's Message

(Peter Tanaka was recently appointed President of the Center in a restructuring of the leadership of the Center, according to Dr. Kinji Tanakaís wishes.  Please see his biography for more information regarding Peterís background).

Welcome to the Centerís website!  First, Iíd like to share my and the familyís sincere gratitude for your sympathies and wishes regarding the passing of my father last year (see Founder of the Japan Research Center of Greater Cincinnati - Dr. Kinji Tanaka link).  Special thanks goes to everyone who has helped and supported my father and the Research Centerís mission and many projects over the four decades.  A special thanks to Gary Eith for serving as President in my fatherís retirement.  I know my father would be pleased to know Gary will continue to support the Center as editor of the ďHearn JournalĒ and as a special advisor.  He will be a valuable mentor and advisor to me.

I look forward to working on the Centerís projects and leading the Center.  We will continue its worthy mission and existing projects during this transitional period.

I pledge to continue the Center and its activities in honor of my fatherís legacy.  I hope that you will continue to support the Center as well.  If you are a new visitor to this site, please review the website and consider volunteering or donating to our Center and/or its projects.

Sincerely, Kiyoshi Peter Tanaka



 Depictions of Hearn's era in Cincinnati
(For Sale)

Click to visit our gallery


Status of the Funding for the Lafcadio Hearn Commemorative Plaque

(To donate or pledge please see details in the right hand column on this page)

As of 8/24/21: $5,500 




Fall, 2021 edition

Spring, 2020 edition

Spring, 2019 edition


Contact Us:

5728 Gilmore Drive
Fairfield, OH 45014, U.S.A.



Our mission:

Improving cultural understanding by sharing
the life stories of special people in Greater
Cincinnati who have strengthened relations between Japan and the United States

Our objectives:

Program offerings, tours, support services
and higher education advising


Our officers:

Kiyoshi Peter Tanaka, President

Hidenobu Paul Tanaka, Chairman

Ms. Reiko Tanaka, Treasurer

Our volunteers:

Steve Kemme, President of the Lafcadio Hearn Society/USA

Dr. Gary Eith, Hearn Journal Editor


Board of Trustees

Founder of the Japan Research Center of

Greater Cincinnati -- Dr. Kinji Tanaka

People we have highlighted
in the past: 

Lafcadio Hearn
Etsu Inagaki Sugimoto
Edwin Dun
Kitaro Shirayamadani

(Please click on picture to start video)

Thank you to
The Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati
and its sponsors

Hearn Commemorative Plaque project

Why a permanent commemoration of Hearn
 in Cincinnati?

There is no permanent commemoration of Lafcadio Hearn in the Cincinnati region.  A memorial plaque would be both a tourist attraction and an education tool for people to learn of Hearn and his work in the fields of journalism and literature.  The plaque will highlight the global nature of Hearn and his interests in other cultures, supporting diversity and improved cultural understanding.  It will also commemorate Hearnís time here in Cincinnati where he got his start, and his career accomplishments.  It could also serve as a starting point for a walking tour of the Hearn sites in Cincinnati.

We are launching a fund drive for the Lafcadio Hearn Cincinnati Memorial Plaque.  All donations will be tax deductible and applied to the development of the plaque and the installation.  The project will not start until all funds have been received to complete design, construction and installation. If, for any unforeseen reason, this project gets cancelled, all proceeds will be refunded.

We are also accepting pledges.  Donations and pledges can be reported in grant proposals and helps secure funding. We will be seeking grants and will be submitting proposals to area foundations and corporations.  If you are employed or retired from a company, please check with your HR office to determine if the company matches donations and if so, secure a matching form from their offices and send it with your donation.  Many companies do so, to meet their community service goals.

For information on how to pledge or donate, please click here

JRCGC is a nonprofit 501c3 organization...and we welcome your tax deductible donations!





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