Lecture on ‘Discover the Japanese Culture’


Lecture on Discover the Japanese Culture at Hotel Okura Amsterdam

One of our prominent member company, Hotel Okura amsterdam support this event. Please register if you are interested in!


Cherry blossoms, ginkgo leaves, crane birds; just a few imaginative symbols of Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun. A fascinating country full of contrasts, a world on its own, but also one of the largest economies worldwide. Yet, there is so much more to discover! The three lectures organized jointly with the Japanese Studies Programme at Leiden University offer a unique opportunity to find out more about Japanese people and their culture.

Is Mount Fuji real?

The first lecture will take place on Monday 3rd of June and will introduce landscape paintings of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). He is considered one of the most famous Japanese artists of all times and his works played a significant role in the visualisation of Japan. You could say that the way Hokusai depicted the famous Japanese landmarks, is the way we often perceive Japan today. The lecture ‘Is Mt. Fuji Real?’ by Dr. Ewa Mochotka, Lecturer in Art and Visual Culture of Japan at the Leiden University, will explore the role of texts and images in the transformation of unidentified spaces into meisho (famous places), and their role in the construction of cultural image of early modern Japan.

Two more lectures

The second lecture is entitled “What is ‘Japanese’ about Contemporary Japan?” and  will be held on the 6th of September. It analyzes the foreign (Western) influences in contemporary Japan and their impact on contemporary Japanese society and culture. The third lecture “Iwanu ga hana – Is silence golden in Japanese?” will be held on the 7th of November. This lecture uncovers the hidden secrets of the Japanese language, which has often been referred to as a “vague” language in which things are left unsaid and the interpretation of meaning depends heavily on the context.



The lecture of Monday 3rd of June will start at 5.30 p.m. with a welcome drink and registration. Dr. Ewa Mochotka will start her oration at 6.00 p.m. until 7.00 p.m. and it also includes a Q&A. To complete this Japanese evening in style, it’s possible to make a reservation for a dinner in Yamazato Restaurant, the authentic Japanese restaurant awarded with a Michelin Star.

The lectures are free of charge, if you would like to join the Japanese Lectures you can contact sales@okura.nl to register.