July 29, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California
$7 General Admission
Matt Okada, Director of Programs

Happily Ever Blended: Combining Heritage and Mixing Traditions, New and Old
Group Discussion and Workshop for Couples and Families of Mixed Heritage

Sunday, July 29, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
With Kristin Eriko Posner and Bryan Posner of Nourish
$7 General Admission


Kristin Eriko Posner of Nourish, a locally based lifestyle website dedicated to helping people “remember their rituals, connect to their heritage, and build community,” and her husband Bryan will lead a presentation and discussion of how couples and families with mixed cultural heritages can celebrate and adapt cultural traditions that both embrace multiple cultures and also honor and observe valued practices. From her own journey of sustaining aspects of her family’s own Japanese cultural practices while converting to Judaism, Kristin will lead participants in discussions of how their own mixed families can continue to celebrate holidays and important life events while keeping multiple cultures and traditions alive.

About Kristin Eriko Posner:

Kristin is a native Californian raised in Los Angeles by her Japanese mother and Japanese American father (by way of Hawaii) amidst a community of Japanese Americans from Hawaii. She attended community gatherings with countless “aunties” and “uncles” like picnics and potlucks with the most amazing combination of Japanese, Hawaiian, and American food. Her mother’s family lived in Yokohama, Japan, where she spent summers with her aunt from the age of nine.  Kristin’s teenage and young adult years were filled with exploring her Japanese American culture and identity in the context of being JA in  American society as well as a JA living in Japan. As an adult, Kristin lived in Japan for two years to teach English, where she also learned how to cook Japanese cuisine. After moving back to the states, she found a job in San Francisco working in food and wine public relations. She then went on to work in residential interior design, attending design school and working with an up-and-coming designer in San Francisco.

Kristin met her husband Bryan in San Francisco, who she started dating after running into him regularly during her commutes. Bryan is a mechanical engineer with a passion for social psychology whose family background is Jewish. As a couple, Kristin and Bryan began attending Introduction to Judaism courses at a local synagogue, where Kristin was “in awe of Judaism’s age-old traditions that seemed so well preserved.” To Bryan’s family’s surprise and delight, she decided to convert to Judaism, yet in the process she also found a renewed interest in her own Japanese heritage and traditions. Kristin finds purpose in helping guide others, especially those in culturally blended relationships and families to become innovators and leaders of their own heritage, on their own terms. In Kristin’s own words,

“There are so many meaningful and healing rituals to mark the cycles of the year and the cycles of life. I want to help you create deeply meaningful rituals, even if they may not look “traditional” to the people who came before us. I also hope that my easy-to-prepare recipes serve as inspiration to you, to play with the flavors of your heritages and create new family dishes. And finally, I want to help you find beautiful, heirloom-quality ritual objects with which to adorn your own sanctuary and to pass down to your future generations. I hope the tools you find here will help you feel more connected to yourself, to your families, and to all the generations before and after you.”

Learn more about Kristin and Nourish at: https://nourish-co.com/