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  1. When:

22 Feb 2020

1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

  1. Location:

2oth Floor Kitchen at 50 Milk St. Boston, MA 02109


Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

50 Milk Street, 20th floor Kitchen, Boston, MA 02110

Free Admission with Registration

 Space is limited – Be sure to Register

To kick start a healthy diet and our appreciation for Japanese culture, New England JETAA and Japan Society of Boston will co-host a hands-on workshop on healthy bentos (box lunches) and kyushoku (Japanese school lunches). Our workshop will include a discussion on Japanese cuisine and it’s historical and cultural influence on US-Japan relations, a hands-on demonstration on how to prepare a healthy and delicious Japanese bento, and the premiere of “Nourishing Japan,” a new documentary on school lunch and food education in Japan. Attendees will assemble and eat bentos during the event.

Program of Events 12:45 -1:00 PMRegistration and Networking 1:00 -1:15 PMIntroduction and welcome remarks Josephine C. President, NEJETAA Kumamoto Prefecture 2015-2017 Yuko Handa Managing Director, JSB Bahia Simons-Lane Executive Director, USJETAA Gunma, 2005-2007 Shanti Shoji Director for Programs, SPFUSA Kagawa Prefecture from 2002-2004 1:15 - 1:25 PMTFT USA Presentation on Japanese cuisine and its historical and cultural influence on U.S.-Japan relations Debra Samuels Cookbook author and educator 1:25 - 2:30 PMBento Workshop Making onigiri and assembling bento Debra Samuels Cookbook author and educator 2:30 - 2:40 PMShort bathroom break and clean-up (10 min) 2:40 - 3:15 PM Introduction and Documentary Screening: Nourishing Japan Boston debut of a documentary on school lunch and food education in Japan Alexis Agliano Sanborn Independent Researcher Shimane, 2009-2011 3:15 - 3:30 PM Q&A with audience Alexis Agliano Sanborn Independent Researcher 3:30PMClosing Remarks Josephine C. President, NEJETAA Kumamoto Prefecture 2015-2017

Featured Speakers

Debra Samuels

Cookbook author and educator

Debra Samuels leads the program content and curriculum development. She is a former food writer and contributor to the Food Section of The Boston Globe and has authored two cookbooks: “My Japanese Table,” and “The Korean Table”. Debra was co-curator of the exhibit “Objects of Use and Beauty: Design and Craft in Japanese Culinary Tools,” June -October 2018, at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts. She lived in Japan for 12 years cumulatively and specializes in Japanese cuisine. Currently she travels around the country teaching hands on workshops on bento, the Japanese lunchbox.

Alexis Agliano Sanborn

Independent Researcher

Alexis Agliano Sanborn is an independent researcher, food advocate, nature enthusiast, and an award-winning artist. With over twenty years’ experience studying Japanese culture, she directed/produced Nourishing Japan, a documentary short which explores food education and the Japanese school lunch system. Alexis previously served as NYC Program Coordinator of the Wa-Shokuiku Project, an after-school culinary exchange program inspired and informed by the educational philosophy, flavors, and foods of Japan. She received her Bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies and Japanese from UC Santa Barbara (2008), a Master’s in Regional Studies of East Asia from Harvard University (2013) and a Masters of Public Administration from New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (2020).

This event is cohosted by NEJETAA and The Japan Society of Boston and sponsored through a grant from Sasakawa USA and USJETAA.

NEJETAA (New England JET Alumni Association) supports JET program participants, former, current, and future, in bringing Japan and the United States closer together. Headquarter in Boston, we serve Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. As JETs, one of our missions was to bring a little bit of the world to Japan. Now, as alumni, we are proud to work together to bring a little bit of Japan to the world, and we hope you’ll join us on this mission. Yoroshiku!

The Japan Society of Boston, Inc, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote cultural and economic ties and active interchange between Japanese and Americans for mutual understanding, benefit and enjoyment. We serve as a programming nexus for a network of individuals, institutions, and businesses that are linked together by a strong interest in Japan and a shared recognition of the importance of the U.S.-Japan relationship.

The United States Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme Alumni Association (USJETAA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that furthers U.S.-Japan relations by providing support and resources to Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET) alumni chapters and individual JET alumni throughout the United States in order to strengthen the capacity of the JET alumni network, enabling alumni to contribute to the greater U.S.-Japan relationship and ‘bring Japan home’ by fostering education and understanding of Japanese culture in the United States. Over 36,000 Americans have participated in the JET Programme as English teachers and as coordinators for internationalization activities in local government offices. Please visit for details about our programs and events.

Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (SPFUSA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Washington, D.C. dedicated to deepening understanding on U.S.-Japan relations in the United States through programs and activities that examine the relationship in a regional and global context. To support the 36,000 Americans who are alumni of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, SPFUSA partnered with USJETAA in 2016 to offer a competitive mini-grant program vis-a-vis the JET Alumni Association (JETAA) chapters within the United States. The program aims to help chapters host innovative programs that promote dialogue on key issues within U.S.-Japan relations, as well as to elevate the JETAA chapters leadership role in their local communities. More information is available at program/.

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