Reception for Summer Interns, Current and Incoming Students and Reischauer Directors

Please join us in welcoming Reischauer Institute Director Professor Theodore Bestor, new Executive Director Dr. Gavin Whitelaw, and Rising Freshmen!

The Harvard Club of Japan is pleased to host a reception for summer interns, current and rising students from Harvard University, as well as Reischauer Institute Director Professor Theodore Bestor and new Executive Director Dr. Gavin Whitelaw. Please join us in welcoming them on Friday, July 8, at the Bulgari Terrace in Ginza. The event will run from 7pm until 9pm. The admission fee of 3,000 yen (specially reduced for our group) includes light pasta dishes and two drinks (cash bar thereafter). Directions to the Bulgari Terrace can be seen at: 

Current Harvard College and Graduate School students are eligible for a 1,500 yen discount. Please register with the information on your program and graduation year, if you are a Harvard current student.

Please register by July 1, 2016 using the form on the right side of this page. Space is limited, so your early registration is appreciated as is early notification if you need to cancel. Please email with any questions you may have

*Please note that this event is open to Harvard alumni, incoming and current students, along with their friends. Please do not distribute to other mailing lists.*

Please see below for a summary of Dr. Gavin Whitelaw’s background:

Born and raised in costal Massachusetts, Gavin has deep ties to Harvard and the Reischauer Institute. He received his BA in Russian and Soviet Studies from Wesleyan University, AM from Harvard in Regional Studies – East Asia, and a MPhil and PhD in Social Anthropology from Yale. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Reischauer Institute and most recently a visiting scholar. He is currently Senior Associate Professor of Anthropology at ICU. In addition to being a gifted and committed teacher, Gavin brings to RI extensive programmatic experience having organized lecture series, workshops, conferences, and exhibitions. His widely-admired research has focused on konbini which contrary to its seemingly prosaic existence in the U.S. continues to influence Japanese consumer tastes, impact commodity distribution and labor patterns, and organize routines and lifeways in Japan.