As part of the "Folding Cosmos" exhibition, Dr. Henry Smith, professor of Japanese History at Columbia University gave a lecture on the historical background and philosophy of the One-Mat Room.

"Folding Cosmos" is a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, held in New York on Sept 3-11, 2011 to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001 in New York City and March 11, 2011 in Japan.

About Dr. Henry D. Smith

Professor Smith received his B.A. from Yale University, 1962, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University, 1970. is a professor of Japanese History at Columbia University. His recent research dwells on the modern history of the city of Kyoto and the ways in which Kyoto has become the focus of a continuing reinterpretation of the meaning of “tradition” in modern Japan. He has written books on woodblock prints, Japanese history and the One-Mat Room.

Learn more about "Folding Cosmos" here at

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