A big thanks to our friends at Japan Week and Takumi Japan for hosting this conversation.
Last week was Japan Week in New York, did you happen to visit? If I only lived in the area, I for sure would have been there! I would love to have brought my kids to teach them a little bit about the Japanese traditions along with some history. I would have loved to have them try foods and check out the technology and art exhibits.
If you have not heard of Japan Week, it’s an event that promotes Japanese culture, cuisine and tourism from the last 100 years to present day in order to promote a better understanding of the Japanese culture and in turn, encourage travel to the country. Japan Week is organized by the Japan Tourism Agency and Japan National Tourism Organization and supported by the General Consulate of Japan in New York. Japan Week was held at the Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbbilt Hall.
One of the exhibits at Japan Week is TAKUMI JAPAN. “Takumi, translates to “artisan” in Japanese. ‘Takumi’ is a term that describes people with sophisticated techniques and lofty ambitions, and represents the spirit of monozukuri (literally ‘making things’) that courses through the blood of Japanese craftsmen.
Takumi Japan is all about introducing upcoming Japanese small business communities to new markets, like small craft and design companies. Takumi Japan strives to share the work of Japanese craftsmen and artists. The Takumi Japan exhibit showcases the Japanese quality crafts and goods that the local artisans have created.
I love supporting small businesses but I would love even more to be able to help the kids understand Japanese culture and traditions and the amazing history. Especially Austin. Austin already has a bucket list of all the places he wants to visit. He already wants to visit Japan, but understanding more about the country and culture would inspire him even more! I wish Chicago would put on a Japan Week!
Have you ever been to Japan Week?
If so, were you able to visit the Takumi Japan exhibit?