LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Japanese traditions of New Year’s Day and Wabi-Sabi will be the topic of the next Livingston Historical Society meeting on Monday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Livingston Senior/Community Center, 204 Hillside Avenue.​

Livingston resident Akiko Noguchi will introduce us to the most important holiday in her Japanese culture: New Year’s Day. This holiday takes place on Jan. 1 and is observed closely with traditional values of family and home.

She will also discuss the Japanese aesthetics of Wabi-Sabi, which is sometimes described as discovering beauty in nature and in life’s imperfection and transience.

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Akiko has taught Japanese language at Montclair Adult School and currently offers private Japanese classes. New Jersey has been her home for the past 15 years.

The Livingston Historical Society​ meets on the fourth Monday of the month, September through April, except for December, at the Senior/Community Center. The Public is invited to attend the monthly meetings and programs free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted.

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