What’s on the Menu? The Cultural Meaning and Principles of Japanese Cuisine

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What’s on the Menu? The Cultural Meaning and Principles of Japanese Cuisine

March 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm GMT

Sansui kai (third-Wednesday-meeting):

In the old days, Japanese people used to obtain all they needed from nature. Since the modern era, a lot of things have changed. However, old traditions still represent the same approach towards a sustainable organic way of living and eating in particular. Japanese cuisine is famous for its restoring qualities and nutritionally rich recipes. Despite being simply delicious, the idea behind Japanese culinary art is to restore the balance through connection to nature. Our inner feeling of equilibrium and harmony largely depends on what we eat: the food is prepared to open our senses, become aware of the natural environment, appreciate its transformative properties and seasonality. What can we learn from Japanese food culture? How can we create balance through our meals? What should we consider to transform our routine around food preparation to improve our health and wellbeing? Join us for this wonderful conversation bringing together culinary art with ancient Japanese philosophy.

Akemi Tanaka is a writer, lecturer and consultant on Japanese culture based in London. As the daughter of an old samurai family, Akemi grew up immersed in the traditional arts and culture of Japan. In addition to her university education, Akemi attended the Tchiyoda Gakuin Finishing School, where she formally studied Occidental and Oriental etiquette. Since coming to the UK, Akemi has organised many Japanese cultural events in London: she has dressed Kelly Osbourne in a kimono for a magazine photo shoot, performed a tea ceremony for the Lord Mayor of London and assisted a prince of the Japanese imperial family with a speech to an international gathering of martial artists. Akemi is the author of the forthcoming ‘The Power of Chowa’, a book which explores the Japanese concept of chowa, often translated as ‘harmony’, but more accurately means ‘the search for balance’. She has appeared on the BBC and Channel 4 and also featured in The Guardian and The Telegraph. In her presenting and consulting, Akemi aims to promote awareness and appreciation of authentic Japanese culture in an accessible and enjoyable manner. Akemi is active in the worlds of business, diplomacy, education and the arts where she strives to combine traditional beliefs, such as Bushido, with the best of modern technology and ideas.


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£ 20.00
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£ 10.00


Date: March 17
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost: £10
Event CategoryCulinary
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Organizer Name: LEVEL
Phone: +44 79 58 655 258