Message from Meridian International Center

It is my great pleasure to present Pacific Pitch: U.S.-Japan Baseball Diplomacy, the most recent exhibition curated by the Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy.

For the past 39 years, Meridian International Center has created neutral environments that encourage cultural collaboration and international understanding, where individuals from all levels of society can find common ground. The Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy (MCCD) engages audiences around the world through compelling exhibitions, forums, educational initiatives, and exchanges that forge more stable relationships and foster genuine respect.

Pacific Pitch highlights sports diplomacy between the United States and Japan through baseball – a national pastime in both countries. The photographs in this exhibition show how Americans and Japanese have bonded from the 1860s to present day through friendly competition. Throughout our history, baseball has played a pivotal role in bridging our two cultures and building the strong alliance our countries have today.

I would like to offer my sincere thanks to the Public Affairs Staff at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo for their vision in this creative partnership. I am also grateful to our co-curator, Dr. Sayuri Shimizu Guthrie, for her insight and expertise, as well as to Robert Whiting for his guidance and in-depth knowledge on the subject.

Lastly, I am delighted to recognize the efforts of the Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy staff for its comprehensive storytelling in Pacific Pitch: Terry K. Harvey, Vice President of Cultural Programs; Lindsay Amini, Director of Cultural Programs; Athena Hsieh, Cultural Programs Coordinator; and Cole Fiala, Cultural Programs Associate; as well as research assistants Emily Dickie and Naoki Date.




Stuart Holliday

President and CEO

Meridian International Center

メリディアン文化外交センター (MCCD)の最新企画展「パシフィックピッチ:日米野球外交」を皆さんにご紹介でき、光栄に存じます。




最後に、「パシフィックピッチ」展を総合的に表現してくれた、MCDDの文化プログラム担当部長テリー・K・ハービー、文化プログラム担当ディレクターのリンジィ・アミニ、文化プログラムコーディネーターのアシィナ・シェイ、文化プログラム担当官コール・フィアラ、ならびにリサーチアシスタントのエミリー・ディッキー、 ナオキ・ダテの努力をたたえます。


Ambassador Stuart Holliday
President and CEO
Meridian International Center