Japan is topic of Dec. 3 Cultural Thursday event in Brainerd


The Central Lakes College Cultural Thursdays program will host a free online Zoom webinar on the Japanese culture from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3.

The presentation entitled "Beyond the Silk Curtain: How Japan Almost Became My Home" will feature Central Lakes College environmental studies instructor Jason Edens.

Edens spent four years living in rural Japan as an employee of the Ministry of Education. Charged with developing English curriculum for public rural high schools, he had the opportunity to visit countless communities around Japan and peer behind the silk curtain. Based in Fukushima, Japan, Edens nearly made Japan his permanent home. Join the conversation and learn about the myths and mysteries of Japan.

To pre-register for this event, go the following website and enter your name and email address:

You will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the webinar.


For more information about this presentation or the Cultural Thursdays program, contact Tracey Kloeckl-Jiménez at 218-855-8183.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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