Events related to Japan!
❏ Special Lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Angles
“Between English and Nihongo: The Poetics of Living and Writing between Languages”
4/5 Fri. 12:00pm – 1:00 pm@ Annenberg 111
Since going to a small city in western Japan for the first time at age fifteen, Jeffrey Angles has spent his life back and forth between Japan and the United States, reading Japanese literature, translating, and eventually writing his own literature in both languages. In this talk, he will discuss the ways his own experiences on both sides of the Pacific shaped his own thoughts and writing, which won the Yomiuri Prize for Literature, one of Japan’s most prestigious literary prizes in 2017.
❏ Peter Kornicki – “Commodore Perry’s Expedition as a Shopping Trip: The First Japanese Books in America”
3/26 Tue. 5:00pm – @ Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center for Special Collections (6th floor Van Pelt Library)
What was Perry’s crew doing while he was negotiating, and what was everybody, including Commodore Perry himself, doing when the ships visited Shimoda and Hakodate, Japan? They were shopping! They bought lacquerware, porcelain, fans and a host of other things, but they also bought books. And one of those books was reproduced using a new technology and published in Philadelphia in 1855.
❏ Nathan Hopson-“Ingrained Habits: The (Bio) politics of American Wheat Promotion and the Transformation of Japan Diet and Identity, 1956-1960”
3/28 Thurs. 4:30pm – @ Stiteler Hall, Room: B26 (208 South 37th Street)
This presentation explores the history and politics of US-funded food demonstration buses (“kitchen cars”) in postwar Japan, 1954-1960. The kitchen cars’ express mission was to transform the Japanese national diet by teaching Japanese women how to cook cheap, nutritious, fare using American agricultural products, especially wheat to improve the health of their families and the nation. America propped up its Cold War ally and developed an important export market for politically important farmers. And because Japan welcomed the kitchen cars as an effective tool to teach rational, nutritious cooking for economic resurgence, they contributed to national dietary transformation.
❏ A Conversation with Duncan Ryūken Williams
4/9 Thurs. 4:30pm – @ Cohen Hall 402
The topic will be focused on “American Sutra: Buddhism and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans in World War II”
❏ Film Screening-Kiseki (奇跡, I Wish) by Kore’eda Hirokazu
4/10 Wed. 7:00pm – @ Cohen Hall, Room: 402
This is part of the 2019 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival series
❏ Shofuso Japan House and Garden Event
Opening Weekend at Shofuso
3/23 Sat. & 24 Sun.
Come to Shofuso on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 as we reopen for our 61st season in West Fairmount Park! Take in the spring blossoms, enjoy complimentary tours of our house and garden, and feed our koi.
Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival
4/13 Sat. & 24 Sun.
Celebrating Japanese culture throughout the region, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival is a collection of more than a dozen events running April 6-14. From sushi making classes to taiko performances, film to a a sake garden, the festival has something for everyone. The main event, Sakura Sunday on April 14 brings together all the elements: live performances, art & crafts, tea, fashion, flower arranging and much more.
❏ “A Teahouse for Philadelphia”
New exhibition at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Daily
The teahouse named Sunkaraku, which stands in the Japanese garden gallery (244)in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, was built one hundred years ago in Tokyo as a private setting for the practice of the tea ceremony. The ritual drinking of tea in Japan has its roots in the Zen Buddhist temples, where it served as a stimulant for the monks to keep alert during long hours of meditation. Each tea gathering is a unique event. The Japanese phrase used to describe this is “ichigo ichie” (each meeting, only once.) The art and utensils the host chooses for a particular occasion are dictated by the guests, the season, and perhaps a special event such as New Year’s celebrations. This exhibiton features tea utensils from the collection, including the complete tea set sent with the Sunkaraku in 1928.
Place: Philadelphia Museum of Art Japanese Galleries (2nd Floor)