Get to Know Japan: Kanagawa

Get to Know Japan: Kanagawa

Discover the charms of Kanagawa! Located just south of Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture is a unique mixture of Japanese and foreign roots. Famed for such sites as the cosmopolitan port city of Yokohama, the grand Buddhist temples of Kamakura, and the quaint hot spring town of Hakone, Kanagawa is the perfect balance of traditional and modern Japan. The prefecture is the home of artisanal woodcraft such as Kamakura-bori, carved wood ware with lacquer coating, and yosegi, a geometric mosaic of wood pieces typically used for decoration, created with pride and specialized artisanship. Hakone is known for its natural hot springs and ryokan, or traditional Japanese inns, which deliver true omotenashi. Yokohama Harbor is the site of the momentous Harris Treaty of 1858, which opened up the port as an international hub to the U.S. and other countries, launching Japan into a new era.

In January 2020, we introduced the first installment of our Get to Know Kanagawa series, with two programs on Kanagawa culture and Zen Buddhism. Now, join us for the second installment to dive deeper into the cuisine, history, and artistic legacy of this vibrant prefecture.

Experience Kanagawa from the comfort of home:

  • Join us for a live webinar on sake in Kanagawa, including an exclusive tour of Izumibashi Sake Brewery
  • Enjoy a virtual exhibition of beautiful Kamakura-bori woodcrafts
  • Read articles on Kanagawa tourist attractions
  • Discover your new favorite snacks and all-natural Japanese food at a virtual pop-up shop (No Longer Available)
  • Watch videos of past lectures on Zen and Kanagawa culture

Related Programming

Crafting the Perfect Sake in Kanagawa
Tourism Resources
An Art Progression from Buddhist Carving to Urushi ware, Kamakura-bori

Get to Know Japan: Kanagawa (January 2020)

Image © Odakyu Group.

Get to Know Japan Series: Kanagawa is co-organized by Kanagawa Prefectural Government.

Talks+ Programs at Japan Society are generously sponsored by MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group).

Additional support is provided by an anonymous donor and the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund.