Upcoming Events: Asian Foodprints Conference at Munk Centre, SakeLecture at JFT

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Upcoming Events: Asian Foodprints Conference at Munk Centre, SakeLecture at JFT

Post  JF on Sat Feb 27, 2010 10:43 pm


Location: Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, University of Toronto, 1 Devonshire Place
Date and Time: Friday, March 5, 9 am to 5 pm
Website: www.utoronto.ca/ai/asianfoodprints
Register for conference: General admission $10, Student admission $5. Register here
Register for dinner: General admission $75, Student admission $65. Register here
Contact: asian.institute@utoronto.ca

The 2010 Asian Foodprints conference will focus on Japan and Japanese food. The aim of this event is to use Japanese food and its culinary traditions as windows to explore both continuities and change in Japanese society. From Sanrio’s global merchandising of Kogepan, to saturated television programming in Japan about cuisine, to the cultural economy of fish and rice, food makes up the very social, political, and economic fabric of Japan . The globalization of sushi and the syndication of the Iron Chef model worldwide are a testament to the popular reach of Japanese food. And the several academic treatments of Japanese cuisine and food more generally are proof of their scholarly intrigue. As such, this conference marries the popular with the academic. Indeed, as an important nexus between east and west, modern Japan has played a significant role in shaping global society, prompting ever more curiosity about the evolution of Japanese cuisine and food culture. In addition to a more “hands-on” perspective on Japanese food, the conference will feature three panel discussions about Food and Social Identity; Practicing Japanese Food Culture; and Food, Politics and Economy.

Asian Foodprints is presented by the Munk Centre for International Studies Asian Institute and co-sponsored by the Japan Foundation , the Consulate-General of Japan , and the Japan Information Centre.

Location: Japan Foundation, Toronto 131 Bloor St. W.
Date and Time: Saturday, March 6, 7 pm
RSVP REQUIRED: on our website or (416) 966-1600 x102
Contact: info@jftor.org

Ms. Chieko Fujita was born in Gunma Prefecture , Japan . She is a writer and a journalist, writing mainly about the sake culture of Japan . She has visited many local sake breweries all over Japan and one of her goals is to bring this culture to the public. Ms. Fujita also organizes the “Fermentation Link”, which brings together sake brewers, the producers of Japanese traditional fermented seasonings (such as miso and shoyu), chefs, and consumers through various workshops and networking activities.

Her articles have appeared in many magazines, and she is the author of numerous books, including Bishu no Sekkei (“Designing Excellent Sake,” published by Magazine House), Japan’s Daiginjo 100 (published by Shinchosha), Touji toiu shigoto (“The Job Called Sake Brewer,” published by Shinchosha) and Gokujo no chomiryo wo motomete (“In Search of Ultimate Seasonings,” published by Bungeishunju).

Ms. Fujita will also be participating in Asian Foodprints (see above).

This event is presented is presented in cooperation with the Munk Centre for International Studies Asian Institute.


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