Designing Mindfulness: Spatial Concepts in Traditional Japanese Architecture
[Lecture] May 31, 6:30 PM
Why do Japanese gardens, tea rooms, and temples seem to encourage us to feel contemplative? Can our physical environment foster mindfulness? At this talk Yoko Kawai, lecturer at Yale School of Architecture and co-founder of Mirai Work Space, examines how different elements and aspects of traditional Japanese architecture help us focus our awareness on the present moment. Japanese spatial concepts like ma (in-betweenness), utsuroi (transience) and yugen (the unknown) are discussed as the framework of this mind-body-space relationship.
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Natto: Japan's Probiotic Superfood
[Lecture] May 23, 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.
Next event5/23/2018 6:30 PM
Annual Sake Lecture & Tasting: Unorthodox Variations
[Lecture] June 11, 6:30 PM
What are the merits of sparkling sake? How does red sake get its color? What, exactly, is nigori? At Japan Society's 21st Annual Sake Lecture & Tasting event, sake expert John Gauntner explores new, rare, and unorthodox variations in the world of sake. Gauntner delves into the pros and cons of these sake anomalies, and examines how they stack up against the tried-and-true standards.
Next event6/11/2018 6:30 PM