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Monday, April 15, 2019, 17:20 - 19:30

Attention All Regular Members and Professional Associate Members


Cultural Crossing: Building Bridges in an Age of Walls
Monday April 15, 5:20 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.(Doors Open 5:00p.m.)

The Foreign Correspondent's Club of Japan and Portland Japanese Garden invites you to a not-to-be-missed meeting of culturally progressive minds.
This presentation and panel discussion brings together Kengo Kuma, world-renowned architect and designer of the 2020 Summer Olympic stadium; Teruyo Yanai, Philanthropist and Community Advocate; and Steve Bloom, Chief Executive Officer of Portland Japanese Garden.

Originally founded in 1963 as a place for cross-cultural understanding following World War II, Portland Japanese Garden has become a global destination for Japanese art, nature, and peace in Portland, Oregon. It is considered the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan and the foremost Japanese cultural organization in North America.

Portland Japanese Garden recently opened "Cultural Crossing," an award-winning expansion designed by the world renowned Kengo Kuma as his first public commission in the United States. The organization will soon embark on its next chapter: taking the lessons learned from its 56-year history to pave a path to peace and cultural understanding by celebrating, "Year of Nagasaki & Hiroshima: Choosing Peace."

Bloom's keynote address will examine the role gardens - particularly Japanese gardens - play in helping people find peace within themselves as well as with each other. A panel discussion will follow - with Kuma, Yanai, and Bloom to consider the importance of supporting culture, art, and craft of Japan both inside and outside of the country.

Date: Monday, April 15th
Door opens: 17:00
Time: 17:20 – 18:30 Presentation
18:35 – 19:30 Reception (Buffet & Open Bar)

Free of Charge

Please reserve in advance (3211-3161 or so we may make the appropriate preparations.

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