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Japan Update Series: The Influence of Zen on Japanese Culture and Business

  • Monday, January 23, 2017
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Kane Hall 225, University of Washington


  • Members: no charge if you have paid membership for 2017.
  • Members only: No charge if you have paid membership for 2017.
  • Students planning to attend the reception who are not JASSW members, sign up as this type.

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Network with Guest Lecturer Daiko Matsuyama...

Discover the influence of Zen on Japanese business and culture...

Location & Date

University of Washington

Kane Hall, (Room 225 "Walker Ames" Room)

Monday, January 23, 2017 | 5:30 - 8:30pm


5:30 - 6:30pm

Reception (Light meal will be served) 

7:00 - 8:30pm


*Introduction by Professor Paul Atkins, Dept. Chair of Asian Languages & Literature and Professor of Japanese at UW

*Short film "Sakurada Zen Chef" directed by Hirokazu Kishida. Winner of "Best Short Film" at the 2016 Food Film Festival in New York

*Talk by Reverend Daiko Matsuyama

*Q&A session

Event Content

As one of Japan's most prominent religions, Zen Buddhist teachings and practices have become integral to country's culture. From everyday customs to well-established business practices, Zen has found its way into all aspects of Japanese life. Join us as we welcome Kyoto's Ambassador for Tourism and well-respected spiritual leader, Reverend Daiko Matsuyama, as he discusses this phenomenon. Gain a better understanding of the Zen practices that influence the Japanese lifestyle and learn how to navigate these ideologies within one's own business workings with Japan. Attendees will also have the pleasure of hearing from UW Professor Paul Atkins, who will further explain how these ideas may be applied within the US. 

No Charge for Society Members

This event is at no charge for active JASSW members and select Complimentary Guests. (Complimentary Invitees: to attend this event, please email the word "yes" to All students can attend the lecture portion at no charge. 

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What is the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington?

The Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing deep and lasting relations between the peoples of Japan and Washington State. Since its inception in 1923, the Society has worked towards this mission of grassroots exchange through quality business, culture, and school events and programs throughout the year.

The Japan Update Series (JUS) started in 2014 with a business roundtable event featuring three eminent figures in U.S.-Japan relations -- Koichi Hamada, Professor Emeritus at Yale University, Robert M. Orr, former President of Boeing Japan, and Marc Knapper, former Director of the Office of Japanese Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. First sponsored by our longtime corporate member, Delta Air Lines, JUS demonstrates the quality of our mission, connections to some of the top sectors of the U.S.-Japan alliance, and drive to bridge members to the best knowledge and network base.

This month's JUS event is generously sponsored by a grant from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the National Association of Japan-America Societies. Visit our website here to learn more about us.

Who is Reverend Daiko Matsuyama?


(Character above written by former JASSW intern, Haruna Kano)

One of the current generation's leading visionaries -- why? See our reasons below.

  • Grew up in Kyoto, Japan, with a Catholic education
  • Holds degrees in Sake & Food Systems and Multi-Functional Agriculture from Tokyo University
  • Appointed Deputy Head Priest of Taizo-in Temple in Kyoto in 2007
  • Hosted G8 Summit Sherpa Meeting in 2008
  • Appointed as "Visit Japan" Ambassador in 2009
  • Participated in the Davos World Economic Forum in 2014
  • Chosen by Nikkei Business as one of the "Top 100 People of the New Generation 2016"
  • Has met with the Pope and 14th Dalai Lama

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