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Webinar Series: Living Traditions

Portland Japanese Garden's Cultural Village. Photo by James Florio.

A Five-Part Program Designed to Examine Iconic Facets of Japanese Culture, from Ancient Roots to Modern Day

In fall and winter of 2021, Portland Japanese Garden and the Japan Society are partnering to co-present a five-part webinar series, called “Living Traditions.”

Many of today’s most popular and latest trends are rooted in ancient Japanese tradition going back centuries, if not millennia. Through five distinct, single-topic webinars, this series unravels the historical journeys of some of the most iconic facets of Japanese culture through conversations between thought-provoking experts and cultural stewards on how they maintain deep-rooted traditions in the present day.

The series is produced through an inaugural partnership between two top-tier, non-government Japanese cultural organizations – Japan Society and Portland Japanese Garden. Japan Society is the premier organization connecting Japanese arts, culture, business, and society with audiences in New York and around the world. Portland Japanese Garden is a non-profit cultural organization, considered the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan. Both entities, while located on opposite sides of the U.S., share a common mission of inspiring people around the world to connect with each other through Japanese culture.

Series Details 

Webinar topics will be announced through this page and our weekly newsletters.

  • Session 1: The Japanese Garden: Living Classroom of Nature, Architecture, & Culture (this webinar occurred on 9/28/21. Watch webinar recording here)
  • Session 2: Zen and Japanese Spiritual Practices: 10/19 (Tue) 4:00pm – 5:00pm (PDT) / 7:00pm – 8:00pm (EDT)
  • Session 3: Eiichi Shibusawa: The Spirit of Japanese Ethical Capitalism & Sustainability11/11 (Thu) 4:00pm – 5:00pm (PDT) / 7:00pm – 8:00pm (EDT)
  • Session 4: Architecture as Environment: A Conversation with Kengo Kuma and Toshiko Mori: 12/15 (Wed) 4:00pm – 5:30pm / 7:00pm – 8:30pm (EST)
  • Session 5: Japanese Manga: TBD (January 2022)


Co-presented with the Japan Society

Supported by Government of Japan.

Talks+ Programs at Japan Society are generously sponsored by MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group) and ORIX Corporation USA. Additional support is provided by an anonymous donor, the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund, and Helen and Kenneth A. Cowin.