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10:45 AM10:45

Traditional Japanese Tea Gathering: First Voice of Spring Tea (Durham, NC)

Pottery Exhibition - Seagrove, NC Saturday, February 28, 2015
10:45 AM to 12:00 PM and
1:00 PM to 2:15 PM
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson Street
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 684-3698

Join us for a moment of respite in the Duke Gardens teahouse, where you will experience the warmth of a traditional Japanese tea gathering. Enjoy the aesthetics, poetry and serenity of this rich tradition over an enticing bowl of whisked green tea and a Japanese confection. Guests will meet at the Doris Duke Center to be escorted to the teahouse for these intimate gatherings.

Participant limit: 10. $40; $30 Gardens members & Duke students/staff. For more information please visit Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

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12:30 PM12:30

Nippon Club of the Triangle Shinnenkai (Durham, NC)

Nippon Club of the Triangle ShinnenkaiDate: Sunday, January 18, 2015
Time: 1pm - 4pm (check-in starts at 12:30pm)
Location: Sarah P. Duke Gardens (426 Anderson St., Durham)
Cost: $40/person in advance

New Years is an especially spiritual time of the year for Japanese. In order to celebrate and share in the spirit of this event, we will hold a traditional Japanese New Year's Celebration, called a "Shin-nen-Kai" among the members of the Japan-related Organizations of the Triangle Area.

We plan to include elements of traditional customs and rituals that signify the Japanese New Year. Food will be served in a buffet style.

Register by January 11th, by email to or phone 919-787-6233 (Rocky Iwashima). To volunteer, contact us at

For more information, please visit
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4:30 PM16:30

Lecture: "The Invention of Religion in Japan" - Jason Ananda Josephson (Raleigh, NC)

Thursday, October 16, 2014
4:30 pm
Riddick Hall, Room 321
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8180

Until the nineteenth century, Japan had no word for "religion." But when American warships appeared off the coast of Japan in 1853 and forced the Japanese government to sign treaties demanding, among other things, freedom of religion, the country had to contend with this Western idea. In this presentation, Josephson will reveal how Japanese leaders invented religion in Japan and trace the sweeping intellectual, legal, and cultural changes that followed. He will argue that the invention of religion in Japan was a politically charged, boundary-drawing exercise that not only extensively reclassified the inherited materials of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Shinto to lasting effect, but also reshaped, in subtle but significant ways, our own formulation of the concept of religion today.

JJ Josephson will be drawing from his award-winning book The Invention of Religion in Japan, which he will supplement with new research.

For more information, please visit North Carolina University, Religious Studies.

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9:00 AM09:00

Carolina Bonsai Expo (Asheville, NC)

Bonsai Expo Saturday, October 11, 2014
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 12, 2014
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
North Carolina Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum will host the 19th annual Carolina Bonsai Expo. Featuring juried exhibits by bonsai enthusiasts from a six-state region, a renowned bonsai marketplace, workshops, free demonstrations, and an ikebana exhibit provided by the Asheville Chapter of Ikebana International, the Expo is the premier annual bonsai event of the Southeast and the most popular plant show hosted by the Arboretum.

The Expo is also a perfect occasion to explore the Arboretum's Bonsai Exhibition Garden, which offers a world-class display that innovatively establishes bonsai in the context of the Southern Appalachians. Deciduous bonsai specimens on display in the garden often feature brilliant autumn color during this time of year.

The Carolina Bonsai Expo is free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee ($12 per personal vehicle)
For directions and more information, please visit The North Carolina Arboretum.

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10:00 AM10:00

Carolina Anime Day (Charlotte, NC )

Saturday, October 4, 2014
10:00 am - 6 pm
Hilton Charlotte Executive Park
5624 Westpark Drive
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28217

Come to Carolina Anime Day where our vendors will have items you won't find in a regular mall store. Carolina Anime Day is a one day anime marketplace that brings all your anime/manga needs to you without all the hassle or extra expense associated with other conventions. Admission is only $4.00 at the door so you won't have to spend all your money just to get inside. Also all kids 10 and under will get in FREE as well as those with a military ID. The next Carolina Anime Day is Saturday 10/04/2014, at the Hilton Charlotte Executive Park Hotel featuring a large Dealers room, Videos, Giveaways, Video Games, Cosplay, and FREE Parking. So come by and spend the day with other anime fans just like yourself.

For more information, please visit Carolina Anime Day.

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5:30 PM17:30

Film: "Like Father Like Son" (Durham, NC)

Film: Like Father Like Son (Durham, NC)

Friday, October 3, 2014
From: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Perkins Library 217
411 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC, 27710

Come join the Japanese Hall & Japanese Program for the first film of the Japanese Film Series this semester. There will be a free screening of director Kore-eda Hirokazu's Like Father, Like Son at 5:30pm in Perkins Library 217.

For more information, please visit Asian & Middle Eastern Studies Duke University.

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