Forest Bathing: Seeking Wellness Through Nature
[Lecture] October 23, 6:30 PM
In Japan, the practice of shinrin-yoku, or "forest bathing" is hailed for its therapeutic effects. Proponents believe that by simply immersing ourselves in the atmosphere of a forest, we can soak in the healing power of trees. In a fast-paced world, forest bathing is a chance to be mindful of our surroundings, and to connect with nature through our senses. At this talk, Dr. Yoshifumi Miyazaki, former deputy director of Chiba University's Center for Environment, Health, and Field Sciences and author of Shinrin Yoku: The Japanese Art of Forest Bathing, examines the scientific evidence behind the concept of forest bathing and its potential to enhance wellness and happiness. Discover how you can connect with nature through this Japanese tradition, wherever you live.
Next event10/23/2019 6:30 PM
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
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