2024/3/04/ JAPAN HOUSE to host presentation and food sampling of “Tying the Knot: Celebrating Diverse Wedding Traditions” on Monday, March 4 from 6:30PM – 9:30PM

The JAPAN HOUSE LA Foundation has been hosting a series of programs exploring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) across various themes, in partnership with and generous sponsorship of MUFG.

Please join us for an evening of cultural and culinary journeys through the rich tapestry of wedding practices from Japan, India, and Mexico.

This two-part program will start with a colorful presentation where representatives from Japan, India, and Mexico will each take the stage to introduce the vibrant heritage of their respective wedding traditions, focusing on cultural elements, dress, ceremonies, food, drink, and festivities.

The talk will be followed by a reception which will provide a culinary experience guided by guest experts, featuring food and beverages that reflect the diverse flavors that make these momentous occasions not just meaningful, but delicious.

Mami Sone will talk about Japan’s various types of marriage across history, and how wedding customs and fashions have evolved over hundreds of years.

Smita Bagla will explore India’s stunning bridal beauty traditions like mehndi (henna decoration) and multi-day Hindu wedding practices that include kickoff festivities, the wedding union ceremony, and post-wedding celebrations.

Aida Velasco and Jazmin Galvan will guide the lively wedding celebrations of Oaxaca, Mexico, including its famous moles and mezcal!

Tying the Knot: Celebrating Diverse Wedding Traditions

Date: 03.04.2024 (Mon.)
Time: 06:30 PM – 09:30 PM
Location: JAPAN HOUSE Salon, Level 5
Fee: $35
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tying-the-knot-celebrating-diverse-wedding-traditions-tickets-848732841777

Note: Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend

Program Schedule *Subject to Change

6:30 PM – 7:45 PM | Presentation
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM | Culinary Experience

Sample Menu Items

Chirashi sushi, sashimi, empanada with Mexican caviar, chicken with mole sauce, oaxacan nicoatole, samosas with chutney, aloo with paneer parathas, malai kofta, butter chicken, pumpkin seed horchata, mezcal cuish madrecuishe, and more.

About the Speakers

Mami Sone
Mami Sone was born and raised in Mie Prefecture, Japan, and graduated from Tsuda College in Tokyo with a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Mami has a diverse background and international perspective, having lived in various locations outside of Japan including Ohio, Connecticut, Washington DC, Maryland, Los Angeles, and Geneva, Switzerland.

Following her college graduation, Mami worked for Sapporo Breweries Co. before joining her husband in Connecticut, where she had enriching experiences auditing classes at Wesleyan University.

Returning to Japan, Mami embarked on a fulfilling career as an English teacher at public junior high schools in Tokyo, accumulating over two decades of teaching experience. Her time living abroad with her husband provided valuable insights into Japan’s international standing and informed her work as an English teacher and beyond.

Mami’s commitment to community service is evident through her volunteer work for various organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution’s Development Office, Japan-America Society of Washington DC’s “Japan in a Suitcase” program, Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic) in Washington DC, and The United Nations Women’s Guild-Geneva (UNWG-Geneva). In Japan, she dedicated her time to the Meguro International Friendship Association.

Currently residing in Los Angeles, Mami draws daily inspiration from the diverse individuals she encounters. Her hobbies include watching and playing sports, indulging in Asian dramas and movies, and biking through the backstreets of Tokyo.

Smita Bagla
Smita Bagla is a tech entrepreneur, corporate executive and a passionate community leader. She serves as the Managing Director of Aligned Strategies, a business advisory firm catering to Fortune 2000 companies across Healthcare, Entertainment and education sectors. She also is a managing member of California India Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit organization, and works with the Indian Consulate in SFO to promote business, trade, and culture alliances with India.

Aida Velasco
Aida Velasco holds a Master’s degree in Risk Analysis from King’s College London and another in International relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She graduated with merit from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City in international relations. She joined the Mexican Foreign Service in 1999. At the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she worked in the North American and Special Affairs departments.

Jazmin Galvan
Jazmin Galvan joined the Mexican Foreign Service in 2022 and is currently the Consul for Tourism Affairs. She spearheads initiatives to promote outbound tourism to Mexico with programs such as “Mi Casa Es Tu Casa”, a series of events that unite countries with Mexico´s unique destinations. Galvan holds a Master´s degree in Finance and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.