Japan Society of Fairfield County Presents
YMCA Garden

Mindfulness &
Japanese Spatial Concepts

Yoko Kawai
Director, JSFC

Sunday June 16, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Rowayton Community Center
(Grace Room / Multipurpose Room)
33 Highland Avenue
Rowayton, CT 06853

Why do we feel contemplative in Japanese gardens and architecture? Can our physical environment foster mindfulness? Dr. Yoko Kawai, lecturer at Yale School of Architecture, examines how Japanese spatial concepts like ma (in-between-ness), utsuroi (transience) and yugen (the unknown) create the mind-body-space relationship that is instrumental to mindfulness. Elements of tea gardens and teahouses are introduced as examples.

Yoko Kawai

Dr. Yoko Kawai is a principal of Penguin Environmental Design, which focuses on incorporating landscape into architecture. She co-founded Mirai Work Space Alliance that brings “Space for Well-Being” to contemporary workplaces. She has published articles in various scholarly journals, including Journal of Green Building and Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering.

Please be aware that there will be a memorial reception going on downstairs in the Moose Room at the same time.  For the JSFC lecture, go up stairs from the entry hall and follow the hallway to the Grace Room.

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