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    • The Path to Enlightenment: Dai Ajari Ryojun Shionuma
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      The Path to Enlightenment: Dai Ajari Ryojun Shionuma

      Tuesday, April 24, 2018

      Dai Ajari Ryojun Shionuma is one of the only people alive to have completed two of the most difficult ascetic practices in the Shugendo Buddhist tradition. Shionuma, who earned the exalted title of Dai Ajari and went on to found Jigenji temple, joins us to share the life lessons he learned on his journey to awakening. Start Video
    • The Way of Whisky
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      The Way of Whisky

      Thursday, April 19, 2018

      What makes Japanese whisky "Japanese?" That is the question award-winning author and whisky expert Dave Broom set out to answer in his book, The Way of Whisky. Join us to discover the subtle characteristics of this finely crafted spirit and the role Japan's traditional arts play in its production and appreciation. Start Video
    • Japanese Green Tea 101: From <em>Matcha</em> to <em>Sakura Sencha</em>
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      Japanese Green Tea 101: From Matcha to Sakura Sencha

      Thursday, April 12, 2018

      Matcha, sencha, gyokuro, hojicha — how many kinds of Japanese green tea do you know? Learn how to best brew and drink the teas, the health benefits you may expect, and the new trends in the world of tea. Start Video
    • Ghosts of the Tsunami: Seven Years After 3/11
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      Ghosts of the Tsunami: Seven Years After 3/11

      Thursday, March 1, 2018

      The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011 was one of the country’s most catastrophic natural disasters, and the impact of the disaster is still being felt even seven years later. Best-selling author and foreign correspondent for The Times of London, Richard Lloyd Parry, joins us to discuss his latest work, Ghosts of the Tsunami, a revealing investigation into the hauntings and mysteries of a town hit especially hard by the tragedy. Start Video
    • Directing Godzilla: The Life of Filmmaker Ishiro Honda
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      Directing Godzilla: The Life of Filmmaker Ishiro Honda

      Wednesday, February 21, 2018

      A long-overlooked talent, Ishiro Honda is now considered one of the most influential directors of Japanese cinematic history. At this talk, Steve Ryfle, noted scholar of Japanese science fiction cinema and co-author of Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa, draws back the curtain on the man behind the monsters. Start Video
    • Walking in a Sake Wonderland: A Year at a Japanese Brewery
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      Walking in a Sake Wonderland: A Year at a Japanese Brewery

      Wednesday, February 7, 2018

      Timothy Sullivan, one of the first certified Sake Samurai and the founder of UrbanSake.com, takes us on a journey through four seasons of the sake, food, and cultural wonders of a brewery town in Japan’s countryside. Start Video
    • Architecture of Time: Enoura Observatory, Where Consciousness & Memory Originate
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      Architecture of Time: Enoura Observatory, Where Consciousness & Memory Originate

      Friday, December 15, 2017

      Join exhibition artist Hiroshi Sugimoto for this introduction to Enoura Observatory, the headquarters of his Odawara Art Foundation, which received Japan Society grants in 2011 and 2014 and opened to the public this October. Sugimoto will also discuss his other recent architectural projects and their connection to his photographic practice and exhibitions, including Gates of Paradise Start Video
    • Shochu: Japan’s Best Kept Secret
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      Shochu: Japan’s Best Kept Secret

      Tuesday, November 14, 2017

      Shochu sommelier Stephen Lyman, founder and editor of Kampai.US, takes us on a journey to trace shochu's history from its humble beginnings in the farms of southern Japan to the award-winning drink celebrated in Japan and around the world today. Start Video
    • Are Rural Communities Doomed? Changemakers Say No!
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      Are Rural Communities Doomed? Changemakers Say No!

      Monday, October 30, 2017

      In response to the economic and demographic challenges facing rural communities throughout Japan, entrepreneurial leaders in Japan have responded with bold thinking and innovative solutions. Join us for an engaging discussion with five leading Japanese changemakers: Atsuhisa Emori, Kenji Hayashi, Ryoko SatoTsuyoshi Sekihara, and Junichi Tamura. Moderated by Richard McCarthy, Executive Director, Slow Food USA.
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    • <em>Kampo</em>: Ancient Holistic Remedies for the Modern World
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      Kampo: Ancient Holistic Remedies for the Modern World

      Wednesday, October 25, 2017

      Kampo (herbal Japanese medicine) practitioner Dr. Yuko Nozaki, founder of Ido Holistic Center, joins us to reveal the history, practice and uses of these herbal formulas in Japan and the world today. Followed by a reception. Start Video

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