Wednesday, November 28, 1:00 pm – Coffee Life in Japan

Boston University Professor Dr. Merry White (below) traces Japan’s vibrant cafe society over one hundred and thirty years, from Japan’s coffee craze at the turn of the twentieth century, when Japan helped to launch the Brazilian coffee industry, to the present day.  Her talk takes up themes as diverse as gender, privacy, perfectionism and urbanism.  Merry’s book, Coffee Life in Japan, will be available for purchase from and signing by the author.  Coffee will be served, naturally.  Co-sponsored by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Friends of Wellesley Botanic Gardens.  Members $10, non-members $15.  Register by calling 781-283-3094, or visit