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Coffee Life in Japan

  • 28 Oct 2021
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Coffee Life in Japan

in partnership with the Japan Society of Northern California

Thursday, October 28, 2021

6:00 PM EDT

Hosted online via Zoom

(Zoom link is in your registration confirmation e-mail)

Life in Japan over the past almost two hundred years can be measured in coffee cups and experienced in the spaces that coffee has created – the koohiihausu, the café, the kissaten. A trip through Japan’s coffee history and contemporary places demonstrates the ways in which an artifact, a material object – often coming originally from somewhere else – becomes Japanese, and then travels the world to be appreciated and emulated. A cup of coffee, Japanese style, has become a world standard. In these times when travel to Japan has been limited, making yourself a cup of Japanese coffee might just take you back to that kissaten you miss so much.

About the Speaker:


Merry White is Professor of Anthropology at Boston University. From her first trip to Japan in 1963 to the present, her sojourns in Japan have been flavored by coffee. Her work on Japanese education, family and social change, adolescence and Japanese food culture was honored by the Japan Society of Boston’s John E. Thayer III Award and by the conferral of the Order of the Rising Sun by the Government of Japan. Her book on coffee, Coffee Life in Japan, received several awards. Her current research and writing focuses on food workers in Japan.

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