Get to Know Kanagawa: Hot Springs, Zen, and the Great Wave
[Lecture] January 23, 6:30 PM
Enriched in history, festivals and breathtaking sights, Kanagawa is an ideal destination for any traveler. With so much to see and do, Kanagawa is not just a side trip from Tokyo, but a unique region waiting to be explored. Home to history-rich Kamakura, which once served as the political center of medieval Japan, Kanagawa features the stunning Daibutsu, or Great Buddha, a towering bronzed icon that has stood since the 13th century. Travelers looking to de-stress can visit the resort town of Hakone, prized for its many hot springs and natural views.
Next event1/23/2020 6:30 PM
Japanese Self-Care: Me-byo
[Lecture] January 27, 5 PM
Self-care is so important to mental and physical wellness, no matter where you live. The Japanese concept of me-byo, or preventive care, embraces this philosophy through practices that offer the body restoration and support. Activities like meditating, soaking in hot springs and eating nutritious foods fortify our bodies and may fend off ailments before they arise. It's no surprise that places like Japan's Kanagawa region have become hotspots for the growing trend of health tourism, as travelers seek out resources to improve their well-being.
Next event1/27/2020 5:00 PM
Kamakura Zen: A Samurai Legacy
[Lecture] January 27, 6:30 PM
Home to over 60 Buddhist temples, as well as the towering Great Buddha statue, Kamakura is the heart of Zen in Japan. Practiced by samurai and statesmen in Japan's feudal era, Zen Buddhism is still widely practiced today, and can focus the mind and calm the body. At this program, head priest of J ochi-ji Temple of Engakuji, Rev. Eon Asahina, comes from Kamakura to share his wisdom. He is joined by Pamela D. Winfield, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Elon University, who will illuminate the unique history and culture of Zen in Kamakura.
Next event1/27/2020 6:30 PM
Functional & Alluring: Japanese Bamboo Art
[Lecture] February 6, 6:30 PM
Resilient and sustainable, bamboo is a versatile crop found all over Japan. Used to create baskets, chairs and other everyday products, beppu take zaiku, or bamboo weaving, is a craft with deep traditional roots. Beppu City, in Oita Prefecture, is known not only for skill in the craft, but also for the superior variety of locally grown bamboo. The intricacies of this craft have evolved beyond practical goods into contemporary and traditional artwork. At this talk, master bamboo craftsman Kenichi Otani will demonstrate the precision and skill that goes into traditional bamboo crafting. He is joined by Yasuhiro Nagano, Mayor of Beppu City and Satoru Nakajima of Sestante Japan.
Next event2/6/2020 6:30 PM
Japanese Tea Ceremony: Omotesenke
[Workshop] February 26, 6:30 PM
The Japanese art of tea ceremony is a time-honored tradition still widely practiced today, but with so many tools and so much etiquette, learning this beautiful practice can seem daunting. At our workshop, an instructor from the Omotesenke Domonkai Eastern Region USA school of tea ceremony will guide guests through the delicate steps of a traditional tea ceremony in a casual setup.
Next event2/26/2020 6:30 PM