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East Meets West: In the Footsteps of Marco Polo with Michael Yamashita
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East Meets West: In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

Tue March 11, 2025
@ 6:30 pm
Join National Geographic master photographer Michael Yamashita as he follows in the footsteps of Marco Polo, the greatest Western explorer of all time, reliving his 13th Century odyssey along the Silk Road to Asia, and back across the South China Sea, connecting the East and West for the first time.
Michael Yamashita Outside Portrait
Michael Yamashita – Photographer
Open Window Credit Michael Yamashita

About the Event

Join National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita as he follows in the footsteps of Marco Polo, the greatest Western explorer of all time. On the 700th anniversary of this epic journey, we celebrate the man who inspired a bold new age of exploration and discovery, introducing the Eastern and Western hemispheres to each other through his stories of the cultures, arts, and landscapes of the people he met and the places he visited. Experience Marco Polo’s 13th Century odyssey along the Silk Road, from Italy through Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan, all the way to China, and his epic voyage back across the South China Sea with stops in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and India.

About the Speaker

Sony Ambassador Michael Yamashita has shot for National Geographic for more than 30 years, combining his passions of travel and photography with his love of history and culture. An Asian Studies major at Wesleyan University and fluent in Japanese, Michael has followed his roots to become a Far East expert. In addition to his work throughout China, Japan, Korea, and India, his work has taken him to six continents. Michael’s specialty has been in retracing the journeys of iconic explorers along their historic routes to illuminate their discoveries and help us understand the early roots of globalization. His work has been exhibited in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Italy, Germany, and closer to home, at The Carter Center, LACMA, and the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art. Along with two documentary feature films, Yamashita has published 16 books in multiple languages, including his latest, Shangri-La (spring 2020).

Venue and Location

Venue

Des Moines Performing Arts

Location

Des Moines Performing Arts
221 Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA
Tue March 11, 2025
6:30 pm

East Meets West: In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

Series

Explorer Speaker Series

Des Moines Performing Arts

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