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Sunday, March 13 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Anime, Manga, Sushi, and Cosplay: How Japan Enchants the West

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Japanese culture attracts Westerners in myriad forms. Anime and manga are loved by millions, many of whom seek to imitate the visual styles in their own artwork or to dress up as their favorite characters. Japanese food is considered one of the world's most sophisticated and healthy cuisines. Yet, 70 years ago, Japan was an enemy of the Western allies in World War II. What happened? This panel analyzes the elements of Japanese culture that Westerners find most appealing, from the minimalist elegance of its design and style to the libertarian playfulness of its sensibility. Ultimately, whether it’s the art of flower arranging (ikebana), the tea ceremony (chado/sado), karaoke, Hello Kitty, Pikachu, or cosplay, Japanese culture is participatory, interactive, and tailor-made for the 21st century. You make it happen.

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Sunday March 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Maple

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