Coffee Life in Japan - Booktalk with Corky White

  • 18 May 2012
  • 3:00 PM
  • Harvard Bookstore, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
Coffee Life in Japan
Booktalk by
Merry "Corky" White
Friday, May 18
3:00 pm

Harvard Bookstore

Cambridge, MA


Free and open to the public

Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome professor MERRY WHITE for a discussion of her new book on Japanese cafe culture, Coffee Life in Japan.

This fascinating book part ethnography, part memoir traces Japan's vibrant café society over one hundred and thirty years. Merry White traces Japan's coffee craze from the turn of the twentieth century, when Japan helped to launch the Brazilian coffee industry, to the present day, as uniquely Japanese ways with coffee surface in Europe and America. Coffee Life in Japan takes up themes as diverse as gender, privacy, perfectionism, and urbanism. White shows how coffee and coffee spaces have been central to the formation of Japanese notions about the uses of public space, social change, modernity, and pleasure. White describes how the café in Japan, from its start in 1888, has been a place to encounter new ideas and experiments in thought, behavior, sexuality , dress, and taste. It is where a person can be socially, artistically, or philosophically engaged or politically vocal. It is also, importantly, an urban oasis, where one can be private in public.


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