Tea Time at Japan Society

Tea Time at Japan Society

Welcome to Tea Time at Japan Society, an online space for you to enjoy a cup of tea while we host a conversation with an expert on a variety of topics regarding U.S.-Japan relations. From exchanges in outer space, to food, sports, and J-pop, Tea Time Season #2 celebrates the season of culture in Japan and in the U.S.

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List of Episodes

Tea Time: Miho Walsh A Converation with Miho Walsh
December 23, 2020

For Miho Walsh, who most recently served as the Executive Director of the Asian Cultural Council (ACC), bridge-building has always been at the core of her identity. What is so important for the U.S.-Japan relationship, Miho notes, is the uniqueness of both cultures—being at the two ends of the cultural spectrum, we have an inherent appreciation for our differences.

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Tea Time: Takeshi Kayima A Converation with Takeshi Kamiya
December 16, 2020

Takeshi Kamiya, Principal and Director of Urban Design for HKS, is passionate about urban design and creating spaces that make a city or town special and memorable. In this episode of Tea Time, Kamiya gives a preview of the crowd-wowing new stadium for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, which will offer uniquely Japanese experiences unlike any other stadium in the world, as well as how HKS helps bridge the cultures of the U.S. and Japan, beyond sports.

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Tea Time: Susan Miyagi McCormac A Converation with Susan Miyagi McCormac
December 9, 2020

Susan Miyagi McCormac, founder, editor, and writer of JapanCulture•NYC, discovered her lifelong passion for Japan in her late 20s. The child of an Okinawan mother and an American father, McCormac talks about exploring her bicultural heritage, the evolution of JapanCulture•NYC, and the inspiration behind Project Bento, providing support to seniors after JAA events were cancelled by the pandemic.

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Tea Time: Matt Alt A Converation with Author Matt Alt
November 24, 2020

"How did Japan's pop culture conquer the world?"" Tokyo-based writer Matt Alt, author of Pure Invention: How Japan's Pop Culture Conquered the World, explores the ways in which Japan arrived at the "future" a few clicks ahead of the curve, as the 1990s economic crash, political dysfunction, aging population and other societal trends formed a youth identity based on entertainment and virtual escape.

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Tea Time: Akiko Katayama A Conversation with Food Writer Akiko Katayama
November 11, 2020

"Food is very important to discover culture and connect it to people," declares Akiko Katayama, the New York-based food writer and host of the weekly radio show and podcast JAPAN EATS! Akiko's formative experience with a German sausage and love for New York ultimately brought her to become one of the city's foremost experts on Japanese food.

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Tea Time: Soichi Noguchi A Conversation with Japanese Astronaut Soichi Noguchi
October 28, 2020

“Space is opening up!” Tea Time blasts off into its second season with Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)—who is looking forward to his own launch on November 14 for a 180-day mission in space. Noguchi’s third mission, the first to use a SpaceX capsule to reach the International Space Station, marks his 25th year as an astronaut, a career that he dreamed of as a child.

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Past Season

Tea Time: Season 1 Tea Time: Season 1

Please enjoy past episodes of Tea Time, featuring conversations with experts on a host of topics regarding U.S.-Japan relations. Past speakers include former Governor of New York George Pataki and author Kumko Makihara.

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Japan Society’s Tea Time Season #2 is proudly supported by ITO EN (North America) INC.

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