300 N. LaSalle Street (7th Floor), Chicago, IL 60654
(Includes whisky tasting. Photo ID Required for Security)
This program will discuss in a fun and informative way what two very different countries, Japan and Scotland, have in common. Members of the Japan America Society might be surprised, for example, to learn that the great Glasgow architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh was profoundly influenced by Japanese design or that the Scots merchant Thomas Blake Glover (1838-1911), who hailed from the small Scots fishing village of Fraserburgh, was an influential figure in Japan during the Bakumatsu and Meiji eras and was later awarded the Order of the Rising Sun. And how many members know that Scotland itself has its own Japanese society, the Japan Society of Scotland, which was founded in 1986? Ms. Sawyers will also discuss commercial whisky in Japan, which dates back to the 1920s, and significantly, how it shares similarities to Scotch whisky not only in its spelling but also in its production of blended and single malts. In fact, the father of the Japanese whisky industry, Masataka Taketsuru, studied the process of distilling in Scotland itself and even worked at several Scottish distilleries before returning to Japan where he founded Nikka Whisky in 1934. These are only some of the topics that will be addressed in this wide-ranging discussion. Scottish music will also be featured.
A one-hour, whisky-tasting and book signing will follow the program.
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About the Presenter:
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, June Sawyers is the author or editor of more than 20 books, many with a Scottish or Celtic theme. They include Celtic Music; Dreams of Elsewhere: The Selected Travel Writings of Robert Louis Stevenson; Praying with Celtic Saints, Prophets, Martyrs, and Poets; The Road North: 300 Years of Classic Scottish Travel Writing; The Civilized Shopper’s Guide to Edinburgh and Glasgow; The Water Is Wide: Celtic Poems on Time, Memory, and Loss; and Bearing the People Away: The Portable Highland Clearances Companion.
She is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, where she writes the biweekly “Travel Books” column, among other publications and teaches at the Newberry Library. In addition, she recently adapted Moby Dick as a radio play for WZRD at Northeastern Illinois University. In 2013 she received the Flora Macdonald Award from St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, North Carolina, which is given to a woman of Scots birth or descent who has made an outstanding contribution to the human community.
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