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Japan: Where Ancient and Modern Meet with Yoshi Kinefuchi

DATE: Monday, March 19, 2018

TIME: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

FEE: Free, email OLLI at if you would like to attend 

LOCATION: St. George’s Episcopal Church, 4715 Harding Pike

Join us in this special OLLI pop up event, and hear Yoshi Kinefuchi, a third-year OLLI student, discuss ways in which ancient culture and modern culture are alike.  After a short introduction on Tennessee - Japan relations and general info about Japan, Yoshi will talk about Japan’s traditional culture including food, tea ceremony and origami; what they originally were and how they have evolved in modern Japan today. Join us, as Yoshi gives her experience of modern Japanese culture, including pop culture and the latest technology that brought comfort and convenience to their everyday life- called "Cool Japan". 

Yoshi Kinefuchi is a graduate of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Japan) and also studied at Universite de Montpellier III (France).  She served as a diplomat in Japanese Foreign Ministry for 10 years with overseas postings in France and Singapore. She had various work experiences as translator/interpreter, administrative officer, and speech writer in
various organizations. Her latest job was staff writer for a Japanese publishing company "International Development Journal".  Yoshi accompanied her husband on his overseas postings that have included Ottawa, Islamabad, Canberra, and Cairo. She has been residing in Nashville since April 2015 as her husband was appointed as the Consul-General of Japan in Nashville. 

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Spring Trip

Join Jimmy the Cricket for a fun-filled day in Lynchburg, Tennessee!

Jack Daniel Distillery

  • Tasting tour of the world-famous Jack Daniels Distillery
  • Visit the 1870’s-era Lem Motlow House
  • Lunch at the legendary Miss Mary Bobo’s
  • Shopping on Lynchburg’s historic square

NOTE:  The day trip will involve considerable amounts of walking and some stairs. Comfortable shoes recommended.

DATE:  Thursday, March 15
TIME: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
FEE:  $95 per person

For our first excursion of 2018 Jimmy the Cricket will be escorting us to Lynchburg, Tennessee on the Ides of March (3/15).  We will be doing the new tasting tour of the world-famous Jack Daniels distillery and learn firsthand about this $1 billion per day global empire based in a town of a few hundred.  As the Cricket is a Tennessee Squire, he has gained us access to their newly built and private clubhouse built identically to the antebellum Lem Motlow House where Jack’s nephew/heir lived.  Talk about an insider exclusive!

We will take our lunch at the legendary Miss Mary Bobo’s boarding house which for over 100 years has been feeding weary travelers.  The meals are served family style by local hostesses and you’ll feel you’ve been transported back to your grandmother’s table.  Several dishes are spiked with local whiskey!

We will then take time for shopping around the historic square of this charming country hamlet before making our way back to Vanderbilt by 4:30 pm. Don’t miss this amazing and fascinating journey!


Annual Meeting and Luncheon

Don’t miss the opportunity to be entertained by Blair School of Music’s Mitchell Korn and the National Museum of African American Music!  A delicious lunch will be provided by Bacon and Caviar Catering Company followed by our annual business meeting with OLLI at Vanderbilt updates! There will also be convenient, complimentary parking. 

DATE:  Tuesday, May 8
TIME:  12:30p.m.
LOCATION:  Board of Trust room in Vanderbilt’s Student Life Center
FEE:  $30 per person

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