Toshiko Mori: Transforming Communities Through Architecture
[Lecture] May 1, 6:30 PM
Good design can have a profound impact on local art and communities, as exemplified by the Setouchi region of Japan. In the post-World War II period, there was significant patronage of modern art and architecture in this region. In 1958, Kenzo Tange, whose work combines modern architecture with traditional Japanese techniques and symbolism, designed Kagawa Prefecture's governmental office building. This sparked an artistic renaissance, and the area has become an internationally acclaimed creative hub centered around the Setouchi Art Triennale. At this talk, Prof. Toshiko Mori, founder of Toshiko Mori Architect PLLC and Professor of Architecture at Harvard University, examines this unique artistic and architectural phenomenon. She will also touch on her two projects in villages in Senegal that share a similar ambition to create peace and stability by integrating contemporary architecture with vernacular buildings and local culture.
Next event5/1/2019 6:30 PM
Mixing it Up: Summer Sake Cocktails
[Lecture] May 7, 6:30 PM
Get an early start to summer with a sake cocktail workshop highlighting the tastes of the season! Certified sake sommelier Chris Johnson teaches you how to select the right mixers for your sake of choice, determine the correct proportions, and finish it all off with the perfect garnish. Each participant will mix and enjoy several sake cocktails and receive a cocktail-making kit to take home after the workshop.
Next event5/7/2019 6:30 PM
Invisible Mending: The Magic of Kimono Restoration
[Lecture] May 21, 6:30 PM
Some might see a tear or stain on a beautiful kimono and think the garment can never be restored to its former glory. But Japan's kimono restoration artisans aim to do just that. These master craftsmen can make small holes seem to disappear as though they never existed, and completely transform discolored garments. High-end apparel makers around the world have taken note, and are now applying these techniques to conserving Western fashions like suits and gowns. At this talk, Koshiro Tatematsu of kimono restoration service Chojiya unravels some of the mysteries behind these fascinating mending techniques, and reveals how they're being used in the fashion world today.
Next event5/21/2019 6:30 PM
Annual Sake Lecture & Tasting: Drinking Vessels
[Lecture & Tasting] June 4, 6:30 PM
Throughout Japanese history, great care has gone into the creation of sake drinking and serving vessels. From brilliantly lacquered flasks to sedate wabi-sabi cups, many of these vessels are true works of art. Your choice of sake vessel can even affect your drinking experience, with size, shape, material and other aspects impacting the temperature, taste and even manner of consuming. At Japan Society's 22nd Annual Sake Lecture and Tasting, sake expert Timothy Sullivan explores the traditions and variety of sake vessels, from practical to playful, to help up your sake game.
Next event6/4/2019 6:30 PM