Bouvé in Japan
In 1935, Emma Kaufman, the foreign secretary of the Tokyo YWCA, invited Marjorie Bouvé to Japan. Together they laid plans for the opening of Taiiko Shihomba, a YWCA-affiliated school in Tokyo patterned after the Bouvé-Boston School of Physical Education. Girls studied the same curriculum, went to camp, and even wore the same uniforms as Bouvé students.
Graduates of Taiiko Shihomba went on to teach physical education primarily in Japanese schools. Bouvé graduates continued to teach at Taiiko Shihomba and Japanese students continued to travel to the United States to study at BBSPE as the Second Sino-Japanese War intensified. The bombing of Pearl Harbor and the subsequent expansion of military activity in the Pacific contributed to the school's closure, an ironic ending considering the founders' intention to foster international cooperation through sport and exercise.
BBSPE faculty member Evelyth Whalen created a scrapbook to document her time in Japan as a special adviser to Taiiko Shihomba. Her photographs depict students participating in recreational activities and completing coursework in addition to providing visual illustrations of the Japanese natural and urban landscapes.