Monthly Brown Bag Lunch Series

The Brown Bag Series is an ongoing occasion to gather and talk about Japan together. On the second Tuesday of each month, people who enjoy talking about Japan bring their lunch to our office at 50 Milk Street. Speakers selected from across New England as well as special visiting guests give a brief presentation about their unique Japan experience or specialty, followed by a group discussion on the topic.  This event is free and open to the public - one small way we share Japan with Boston.

All Brown Bag meetings are from 12-1p on the 5th floor of 50 Milk St.  After signing the log-book at the front desk, proceed up the elevators on the left to the 5th floor. Please feel free to bring your own lunch.

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    • 12 Jun 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Meridian, 50 Milk St. 5F, Boston, MA 02109

    Anime: A Gateway to Japan

    With Aeric Holbrook,
    Culture, Education, and Communications Expert

    Meridian, 50 Milk St. 5F,
    Boston, MA 02109

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 12 - 1PM

    The impact of Japanese popular culture across the globe has made it a gateway to Japan. Affecting how we socialize and connect with the society, it has become a major export, diplomatic tool, and transnational phenomenon. This brown bag discussion explores the magnitude of Japan’s distinctive pop culture in the digital age.

    About the Speaker:
    Aeric's interest in Japan grew from practicing katakana in 2nd grade to eventually volunteering at events, studying abroad in Japan, and earning a Bachelor’s degree in Japanese Studies. While traveling all over the world to research culture and education, Aeric found that Japanese popular culture and media had an undeniably strong presence. Once back in DC, they worked with Japan affiliated organizations, chaired for the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival, and managed hoards of students participating in Japanese educational and exchange programs. It was during a Master's degree in International Education and Intercultural Communication that Aeric produced research on how Japanese popular culture actively influenced people around the globe— learning habits, formation of identities, and social behavior.
    For the last ten years, they've been bringing universities and audiences across the East Coast presentations on Japan. Currently their academic research features the unique intersections of Japan, communication, and media.

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Past Speakers and Topics

Estuko Yashiro
Japan Festival Boston


Allan Sosei Palmer
Chanoyu, the Japanese Tea Ceremony

Yoko Takemura
Bridging Countries with Organic Farming

Kanoko Kamata
The Power of Community in Japan and in Boston

Yasuhiro Yamauchi

New Year's Traditions


Gerry Rooney
Manjiro in America: How Fairhaven, MA Shaped US/Japan History


Motoko Day
Young Japanese Explorers Today: Trends in Study Abroad and Other Adventures

Satoko "Lisa" Watanabe
Ideas for Supporting the Japanese Community in Boston


Keiko Thayer
The Fascinating History of Japan in Boston: Stories and Experiences

Miwa Susuki, Head of Japan Client Services at Eurasia Group
Japan and the US: Living, Studying and Working in Two Countries

Mikio Yoshimura, Asian Business Development Specialist for the Boston Red Sox
Japan and the Red Sox: A View from Inside

Ray Matsumiya, Executive Director University of the Middle East Project 
Talking About Mid-East Peace in Japan: What I Learned in Hiroshima

Roy Rondoe
Save a Life, Send a Robot

Peter Grilli, JSB President Emeritus
Producing Paper Lanterns

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