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ECU's Japan Center East to Host 'Taste of Japan'

By Vicki Luttrell

To promote cultural enrichment in the Greenville area, East Carolina University’s Japan Center East will host a Taste of Japan at the Greenville Country Club on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m.

Members of the public are invited to attend the event, which will feature a cooking demonstration, dining and a variety of Sake samplings from around Japan. Tickets must be purchased in advance through ECU’s Japan Center East. The cost is $30 for dinner and an additional $5 for the Sake tasting.

The cooking demonstration and dining will include appetizers, a main course called Chirashi Zushi, and Tofu Panna Cotta for dessert.


Rie Ishida, a licensed chef from Japan, will conduct the cooking demonstration and lesson. Ishida was born and raised in Hiroshima, Japan and has an extensive background in making all types of Japanese foods. She received her chef’s license in 1995 and has worked at the Mario group and Trattoria Viale in Hiroshima, Japan.

The Taste of Japan event was chosen because it introduces the Japanese culture in a fun and enjoyable way and allows members of the community to indulge in one of our area’s most popular foods, said Chikako Massey, director of ECU’s Japan Center East.

“While our top priority is to attract and retain Japanese companies in eastern North Carolina, we could not achieve the level of economic development we desire without promoting the Japanese culture,” said Massey.

The ECU Japan Center East was established in 1980 to strengthen the state’s academic, economic, scientific and cultural ties with Japan. An affiliate of the Japan Center at NCSU, the center falls under the direction of ECU’s Regional Development Services. It has two components: economic development and cultural enrichment.

For information, visit or contact Massey at 328-6650, extension 226 (

This page originally appeared in the Sept. 2, 2005 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at