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Sakura in Chicago: 120 Years of US-Japan Relations

Since the 1893 Columbian Exposition, Chicago has maintained The Garden of the Phoenix in Jackson Park as a place where visitors can learn about Japan and experience Japanese culture, opening the doors for vibrant economic, political, and cultural exchange. 120 years later, the garden is an enduring symbol of collaboration and diplomacy between Chicago and Japan. Join The Chicago Council’s panel of policy and urban architecture experts to explore the progress of the physical and political landscapes of our city and to celebrate the blooming fruits of the seeds of diplomacy.

Josh Rogin is a senior staff writer and the author of daily web column, “The Cable,” at Foreign Policy, covering national security and foreign policy. Previously, he covered defense and foreign policy as a staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, writing on Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, US-Asia relations, defense budgeting and appropriations, and the defense lobbying and contracting industries.
Kulapat Yantrasast is the cofounder and principal of wHY Architecture which began in 2003. In 2007, wHY completed the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan, which became the first new LEED Gold museum in the world. Current projects include the expansion and renovation of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, and a series of gallery design and collection installations at the Harvard Art Museum.
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