Natto: Japan's Probiotic Superfood
[Lecture] March 21, 6:30 PM
Natto, a sticky concoction of fermented soybeans known for its numerous health benefits and distinctive smell and texture, is a staple in Japan. Chock-full of probiotics, this Japanese superfood is also vegan, gluten-free, and a concentrated source of vitamins and minerals. At this talk, microbiologist and natto maker Ann Yonetani, founder of Brooklyn-based NYrture Food, dishes on her favorite ways to prepare natto, examines both traditional and novel culinary pairings, and breaks down the food science behind this soybean sensation.
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Directing Godzilla: The Life of Filmmaker Ishiro Honda
[Lecture] February 21, 6:30 PM
Godzilla, Mothra, The Mysterians — Japan’s most celebrated monster movies and sci-fi classics were brought to the screen by filmmaker Ishiro Honda. A long-overlooked talent, Honda is now considered one of the most influential directors of Japanese cinematic history, wowing audiences with fantastical special effects while expressing the anxieties of Japan’s postwar reality. At this talk, Steve Ryfle, noted scholar of Japanese science fiction cinema and author of Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa, draws back the curtain on the man behind the monsters.
Next event2/21/2018 6:30 PM
Ghosts of the Tsunami: Seven Years After 3/11
[Lecture] March 1, 6:30 PM
The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011 was one of the country’s most catastrophic natural disasters, and the impact of the disaster is still being felt even seven years later. Best-selling author and foreign correspondent for The Times of London, Richard Lloyd Parry, reported from the disaster zone for six years following the devastation. Parry joins us to discuss his latest work, Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone, a revealing investigation into the hauntings and mysteries of a town hit especially hard by the tragedy.
Next event3/1/2018 6:30 PM
Kumihimo: Japanese Decorative Braiding
[Workshop] March 13, 6:30 PM
The beautiful Japanese craft of kumihimo, in which fabric cords are interlaced into an intricate braid, has been incorporated into Japanese fashion for centuries, from kimono accessories to samurai armor lacing. The design possibilities are endless, depending on the color, thickness and number of cords used. This traditional Japanese braiding recently gained renewed attention around the world thanks to the popular animated film Your Name (Kimi no Na Wa). At this workshop, join us to make your own one-of-a-kind kumihimo creation with mixed media artist Amanda Hu.
Next event3/13/2018 6:30 PM
Japanese Green Tea 101: From Matcha to Sakura Sencha
[Lecture] April 12, 6:30 PM
Matcha, sencha, gyokuro, hojicha — how many kinds of Japanese green tea do you know? At this talk, Rona Tison, tea expert and Exec. Vice President of ITO EN North America, the global leaders of green tea, will take you through the fundamentals of this invigorating beverage. Learn how to best brew and drink the teas, the health benefits you may expect, and the new trends in the world of tea. Watch live as Tison demonstrates the delicate artistry of the Japanese tea brewing process and how to pair green teas with wagashi sweets. It's time to embrace the arrival of spring with a little green... tea!
Next event4/12/2018 6:30 PM
The Way of Whisky
[Lecture] April 19, 6:30 PM
What makes Japanese whisky "Japanese?" That is the question award-winning author and whisky expert Dave Broom set out to answer in his book, The Way of Whisky. Broom's journey took him to whisky distilleries across Japan, where he uncovered how Japanese craftsmanship, customs and nature combine to make these fine whiskies so unique. Join us to discover the subtle characteristics of this finely crafted spirit and the role Japan's traditional arts play in its production and appreciation. Moderated by Noah Rothbaum, editor of The Daily Beast's Drink + Food section.
Next event4/19/2018 6:30 PM
The Path to Enlightenment: Dai Ajari Ryojun Shionuma
[Lecture] April 24, 6:30 PM
Dai Ajari Ryojun Shionuma is one of the only people alive to have completed two of the most difficult ascetic practices in the Shugendo Buddhist tradition. The Omine Thousand Day Circumambulation Practice is a sacred journey to enlightenment. For one thousand days, Shionuma ascended 4,000 feet up to the summit of Japan's Mt. Omine, then back down again, traversing rocky terrain, battling the elements, and marching on despite injury or illness. After finishing this strenuous training, he went on to complete the Four Deprivations — nine days straight without food, water, sleep or even lying down. Shionuma, who earned the exalted title of Dai Ajari and went on to found Jigenji temple, joins us to share the life lessons he learned on his journey to awakening.
Next event4/24/2018 6:30 PM