Daily Archives: January 11, 2018

Spending the afternoon at Kobe Women’s College and celebrating Porter’s 175th Anniversary together!

After arriving in Kobe, students were met my Yasuko Nagase ’96, who made the discovery a few years ago that Eliza Talcott, who graduated from Porter’s in 1855, ¬†founded the first women’s college in Japan, Kobe Women’s College. Yasuko kindly arranged for our students to meet with students, faculty and administrators at the College and discover their linked heritage. Our students shared compelling stories about their education at Miss Porter’s School and then listened to the stories of the young Japanese women who attend Kobe Women’s College. A connection was certainly made!

Following the afternoon program, Kobe Women’s College hosted a sit-down dinner in honor of Porter’s 175th anniversary! Toasts were made to our schools’ shared heritage and newfound friendship and the connection that we will continue to foster. And there was the most beautiful dessert!

Traveling to Kobe Women’s College in Kobe by Shinkansen

The group boarded the Shinkansen, high speed train, early Thursday morning to travel to Kobe to trace the steps of Ancient Eliza Talcott 1855, who founded the first women’s college in Japan, Kobe Women’s College. They will be meeting with students, faculty and administrators at the College and discovering their linked heritage while celebrating Porter’s 175th anniversary. They are being met by Ancient Yasuko Nagase ’96 once they arrive.

The view out of the Shinkansen as the group passes Mt. Fuji. Photo by Kate Doemland.