Invited Workshop: Sushi Culture

Invited Workshop: Sushi Culture

Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about the traditional art of sushi from a fourth-generation-sushi chef. In this interactive workshop, you will learn about the various elements that come together to make the perfect sushi. How do sushi chefs use to test if their knives are sharp enough? What do they use to grate wasabi? What is the difference between the two ends of wasabi? You will know the answers to these and more through this workshop.

Cost: Free

Language: English

Max: 30 people per 30-minute session (there will be four sessions total)


Bio: Yoshinori Tezuka


Yoshinori Tezuka is a fourth-generation sushi chef. His restaurant, Matsunozushi, is one of the oldest and most prestigious sushi restaurants in Tokyo. Yoshi graduated from Keio University, spent a summer at Stanford University, and has lectured on sushi culture at various events around the world including the 2015 Milan Exposition Japan Day, and the 2016 Turin Slow Food International Congress. He also regularly conducts special workshops for various universities in Japan such as Keio University, Sophia University, and Kikkoman. Yoshi offers private tours to Tsukiji and also caters sushi all around the world for the rich and famous.

Pre-Conference Field Trip: Ainu Community Itinerary

Pre-Conference Fieldwork in Tokyo’s Ainu Community

SIETAR Japan has made a consistent effort to organize our pre-conference events around deepening our understanding of Japan’s minority populations including foreign residents, indigenous populations, and ethnic minorities. At this World Congress we will focus our fieldwork on further understanding the Ainu community in Tokyo. Even though the Ainu are generally thought to be living in Hokkaido, there is a strong and thriving Ainu community in Tokyo. We will dine at the HaruKor Restaurant in Shin-Okubo and enjoy Ainu food to appreciate the deep connection the Ainu have to nature and the environment. We will hear a talk by owner Teruyo Usa and enjoy an Ainu performance. Akemi Shimada, the head of Aotearoa Ainumosir Exchange Program.

This fieldwork was made possible by Jen Teeter, LiDi and the Social Justice Learning Collective who will provide the translators. I hope that many of you can join us!

Schedule for Tuesday, August 7th

Time Activity
12:45pm Meet at JR Shin-Okubo Station (Yamanote Line—Green Loop Line), outside the exit (there is only one exit, and one wicket)
JR Shin-Okubo Station is one-stop from JR Shinjuku Station on the Yamanote-Line going towards Ikebukuro).If you are late for the 12:45pm meeting, please go directly to the restaurant below.
1:00pm HaruKor Restaurant (Ainu cuisine)

1 minute walk from Shin-Okubo Station

Address1-10-1 Hyakunin-cho,
Shinjuku-ku, TokyoPhone: 03-3368-4677

2:00pm Talk by owner Teruyo Usa & performance
3:30pm Talk by Akemi Shimada, Head of Aotearoa Ainumosir Exchange Program
4:30pm Q&A
5:00pm End of Field Trip


Language: Japanese but simultaneous interpretation into English is provided via wireless receiver (please indicate if you would like to request this service when you sign up via email).

Participants: Anyone interested in social justice, diversity, and minorities in Japan

Number of participants:   15 people (first come first basis)

Deadline for application: Friday, July 27, 2018

Fee: 2,000 yen (including lunch)

Person in charge: Jen Teeter, SIG Living within Diversity (LiDi)

Living within Diversity (LiDi) is a special interest group (SIG) of SIETAR Japan concerned with cultural diversity and minorities, and was established in 2010.

Bios: Mini Japanese Tea Ceremony


Dr. Eriko Katsumata
(Tea name: Sori 宗理)

Dr. Manami Tanaka
(Tea Name: Soshin 宗真)

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Eriko is an associate professor in the faculty of International Politics, Economics, and Communication at Aoyama Gakuin University. She is the vice president of SIETAR Japan. She graduated from Claremont Graduate University & San Diego State University, with a Ph.D. in Education.

Eriko has practiced Urasenke style tea ceremony since she was 10 years old in Tokyo. She introduced and demonstrated tea ceremony at San Diego State University and in various other locations in San Diego. She has a professional license from the Urasenke Tea School.

Manami is a professor at Tokyo Future University where she teaches intercultural communication. Manami has an Ed.D. from University of San Francisco in International and Multicultural Education. She is currently the newsletter editor for SIETAR Japan.

   Manami has studied Omotesenke style tea ceremony over 30 years and has a professional license from the Omotesenke Tea School.



Mini Japanese Tea Ceremony


During this session, you will learn about Japanese culture through the world of tea ceremonies with Manami and Eriko, who are both licensed tea ceremony instructors. You will have a chance to be part of a mini-tea ceremony in which you can taste freshly prepared matcha (green tea) and Japanese sweets, and learn about the customs and beliefs that govern the tea ceremony.

Fee: 500 yen (includes tea & sweets)

Language: English

Limit: 10 people

Time: 30 minutes


Bio: Shoko Araki


Shoko Araki is a Professor of Liberal Arts at J.F. Oberlin University. She earned an MA in Intercultural Communication at the graduate school of San Francisco State University.  She was a visiting researcher at Stanford University, and worked as a cross-cultural trainer at the Intercultural Relational Institute while she was in the US. After she returned to Japan, she engaged in international broadcasting at NHK and worked as a facilitator for several foreign-affiliated companies and Japanese corporations for their cross-cultural communication training.

She is the co-founder of SIETAR Japan and received a special prize from SIETAR International for her distinguished service in intercultural training. She has been teaching at J.F. Oberlin University since 1990. Her authored works include “Jibun wo Ikasu communication ryoku ,” “ Tsutawaru speech A to Z,” “ Jiko hyogen ryoku no kyoushitsu,” and “ Ibunka communication work book.”

Invited Workshop: Yukata Experience


Professor Shoko Araki, one of the founding members of SIETAR Japan, will dress you up in a yukata from her private collection. The yukata, which is the summer version of the kimono, ranges from the casual type worn after soaking in a bath to colorful ones worn at festivals and fireworks. Watch and marvel as Professor Araki skillfully dresses you up in a yukata and obi, and does your hair up to match the yukata. Feel free to take as many photos as you like!

Materials: Free

Language: English

Timing: About 10 minutes per person. She will dress you up on a first come first served basis.