Get To Know Japan Series: Kanagawa
Experience Culture from the Birthplace of Japan’s First Samurai Government and a Contemporary Wellness Haven through Art, Cuisine and Conversation.
@ JAPAN SOCIETY
333 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017
Thursday, January 23 and Monday, January 27 Received a rare introduction to Kanagawa in an exceptional three-part series as the prefecture gears up to host several events from the upcoming 2020 Summer Games.
Located just south of Tokyo, Kanagawa is home to a range of traditions heralding from influences found both across Japan and abroad. Famed for such sites as the cosmopolitan port city of Yokohama, the grand Buddhist temples of Kamakura, and the quaint hot spring town of Hakone, Kanagawa presents a perfect balance of traditional and modern Japan. It is the birthplace of artisanal woodcraft such as kamakura bori, carved wood ware with lacquer coating, and yosegi, a geometric mosaic of wood pieces typically used for decoration. Hakone is known for its natural hot springs and ryokan, or traditional Japanese inns, which deliver true omotenashi. Yokohama harbor is the site of the momentous Harris Treaty of 1858, which opened up the port as an international hub to the U.S. and other countries, launching Japan into a new era.
In addition to the three programs below, on Jan 23 & 27, Japan Society hosted a special display and sale of high-end Kanagawa pottery and lacquerware. Visitors were able to admired and purchased select pieces of kichu-yo pottery, crafted in a traditional climbing kiln in Kamakura by ceramic artist Kifumi Kawamura, and kamakura-bori lacquerware from the venerable shop Hakkodo in Kamakura.
*Talk & Tasting : Get to Know Kanagawa: Hot Springs, Zen, and the Great Wave
*Talk : Japanese Self-Care: Me-byo
*Talk : Kamakura Zen: A Samurai Legacy