Get to Know Nagano: The Home of Nature, History, & Sports
[Lecture] November 20, 6:30 PM
Nestled in the mountains of central Japan, Nagano Prefecture is admired for its many beautiful natural and historical landmarks. A striking black-and-white structure, and the oldest of its kind, Matsumoto Castle is considered a National Treasure. Even long after the 1998 Winter Games, Nagano remains the go-to destination for winter sports in Japan. The region is recognized for its unique cuisine and pristine waters, including rich Shinshu soba, flavorful oyaki dumplings and succulent fruit. At this talk, discover the unique characteristics and rich history of this unforgettable region with Nagano Governor Shuichi Abe.
Next event11/20/2019 6:30 PM
Mizuhiki: Japanese Embellishment Cords
[Workshop] November 21, 2 PM
Stiff, yet flexible, mizuhiki is a strong cord derived from washi paper. Traditionally used in Japan to decorate gifts, mizuhiki is now finding new life in a variety of ways. While still used as embellishments for gifts, mizuhiki is becoming a popular way to accessorize just about anything! Mizuhiki can be twisted into beautiful knots that will add a traditional element to gifts, phone cases, or even hair. Iida, located in Nagano prefecture, has long been a source of mizuhiki cords for all of Japan. At this workshop, an instructor from Kinoshita Mizuhiki in Iida will explore the history of this special cord, and demonstrate all the fun, interesting ways to use mizuhiki.
Next event11/21/2019 2:00 PM
Shichimi Making: Spice of Japan
[Workshop] November 21, 6:30 PM
Spicy, earthy, and a little sweet, shichimi togarashi is a common spice mixture that will add flavor to a wide variety of dishes. This versatile seasoning gained popularity in the Edo period for its medicinal properties, but quickly became a staple in Japanese cuisine. Though found all over Japan, shichimi's flavor profile varies from region to region. At this workshop, Yuki Muroga from Yawataya Isogoro in Nagano will explain the history, preparation and variety of shichimi, and participants will measure and mix their own unique shichimi blend using authentic and high quality ingredients.
Next event11/21/2019 6:30 PM
Stitch & Design: Watoji Bookbinding
[Workshop] December 12, 6:30 PM
Experience the ancient craft of watoji, or Japanese bookbinding, a traditional method that has long been used to stitch and bind literary works together. At this workshop, mixed media artist Amanda Hu will instruct participants on how to create their very own hand-bound book using beautiful washi paper—perfect for notes, journals, or scrapbooks! Participants of all skill levels will leave this workshop with a greater appreciation for traditional bookbinding as well as a charming memento of their experience.
Next event12/12/2019 6:30 PM