Join us in the beautiful “Walker Ames” Room in Kane Hall at the University of Washington on the evening of Monday, January 23 at 5:30 for an engaging talk on “The Influence of Zen on Japanese Culture and Business.”

Zen Buddhism has been a staple religion in Japan for over 1,000 years, influencing every aspect of Japanese life from the cuisine, to simple everyday customs, to established business practices. Reverend Daiko Matsuyama of Taizo-in Temple is Kyoto’s Ambassador for Tourism and a well-respected spiritual leader within and outside of Japan. We are grateful to host him as he introduces Zen and elaborates on how its influence has created Japan’s unique cultural and business constructs. Reverend Daiko Matsuyama will be drawing partially from his own personal experiences in the Zen Buddhist sect and with his family-owned restaurant, Sakurada, a kaiseki restaurant that existed in Kyoto for over 20 years and was heavily influenced by zen in terms of cuisine and aesthetic.

Prior to Reverend Daiko Matsuyama’s talk, a brief reception and light meal will be served and attendees will hear a presentation by Professor Paul Atkins, Professor of Japanese and Department Chair of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington. He will discuss how Zen practices and concepts may be applied within the United States.

Register for the event here! We hope to see you there!


Photo credit to @EricaHeartquist

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