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    • Hiro Mashima: The Magical World of <em>Fairy Tail</em>
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      Hiro Mashima: The Magical World of Fairy Tail

      Thursday, October 5, 6:30 PM

      Hiro Mashima, known for his bestselling series Fairy Tail, joins us to discuss the works that have captured the imaginations of fans around the world. Followed by a reception. Start Video
    • How to Eat Like a Samurai
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      How to Eat Like a Samurai

      Tuesday, September 26, 6:30 PM

      Kanna Himiya, author of The Samurai Gourmet and a descendant of the chef of the powerful Maeda samurai clan from Ishikawa Prefecture, joins us to reveal the ancient recipes and eating habits of Japan's legendary military class. Moderated by renowened chef Michael Romano. Start Video
    • Annual Sake Lecture & Tasting: 20th Anniversary
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      Annual Sake Lecture & Tasting: 20th Anniversary

      Monday, June 5, 6:30 PM

       As we mark Japan Society's 20th Annual Sake Lecture & Tasting, we look back on how sake trends have changed over the past two decades and what we've learned in that time. Sake expert John Gauntner re-examines the past 19 lectures, spanning topics as diverse as brewing techniques, the role of women in the world of sake and pairing sake with food. Gaunter will also look ahead at what's new in the sake market in America and what we can expect to see in the years to come. Start Video
    • Manga in America: How English Editions are Born
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      Manga in America: How English Editions are Born

      Wednesday, May 17, 6:30 PM

      The transformation of a manga from Japanese original to English edition is an art that goes far beyond translation alone. At this panel discussion, editors from top manga publishers Kodansha Comics (The Ghost in the Shell, Sailor Moon) and Yen Press (Black Butler, Akame ga Kill!) illuminate the creative process of localizing Japanese content for the American reader. Start Video
    • An Apprentice Boat Builder in Japan
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      An Apprentice Boat Builder in Japan

      Wednesday, May 10, 6:30 PM

      Douglas Brooks, author of the comprehensive survey Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding, joins us to share what he discovered on his journey to fishing villages around Japan, where he interviewed elderly master boat builders and, in six cases, became their last apprentice. Moderated by Dane Owen, founder and owner of Shibui Japanese Antiques and Furniture.
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    • Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism
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      Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism

      Tuesday, April 4, 6:30 PM

      Fumio Sasaki, minimalist and author of Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism, joins us at Japan Society to discuss how he opted for minimalism over materialism and share his insight on this life-altering philosophy. Followed by a book sale and signing reception. Start Video
    • Iconic Branding: Insights from Design Maven Kashiwa Sato
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      Iconic Branding: Insights from Design Maven Kashiwa Sato

      Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 PM

      Creative director Kashiwa Sato, the mind behind Uniqlo’s distinctive red and white logo, comes to Japan Society to discuss his transformative approach to branding strategy, which he calls ‘iconic branding.’ His branding projects have included Seven Eleven, the CUPNOODLES Museum in Yokohama, and the Honda ‘N’ series.
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    • Sen So'oku: The Subtle Art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony
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      Sen So'oku: The Subtle Art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony

      Monday, March 13, 6:30 PM

      Sen So’oku, heir to the Mushakouji Senke tea school, returns to Japan Society for a special talk on the Japanese art of chanoyu, or tea ceremony. Followed by a reception. Start Video
    • The Ramen King: Ippudo's Shigemi Kawahara
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      The Ramen King: Ippudo's Shigemi Kawahara

      Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 PM

      "Ramen King” Shigemi Kawahara, founder of Japanese ramen empire Ippudo, comes to New York to discuss ramen food culture and the ascendance of Ippudo in the New York food scene. Followed by a reception. Start Video
    • Where they Create: Japan
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      Where they Create: Japan

      Tuesday, February 7, 6:30 PM

      Peek into the inner sanctums of some of Japan’s leading creative minds—from all-star architects like Toyo Ito and Tadao Ando to visionary design studio Nendo and internationally acclaimed artist Mariko Mori—with globe-trotting photographer Paul Barbera. Start Video

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