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Exhibition

“Kiyochika: Master of the Night” Exhibition

March 25 – July 27

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

The Japanese city of Edo ceased to exist in 1868, was renamed Tokyo (“Eastern Capital”) by Japan’s new rulers, and became the central experiment in a national drive towards modernization. In the exhibition “Kiyochika: Master of the Night”, spectators will be able to see the radically transforming capital city of Edo reappear in a series of woodblock prints by artist, Kobayashi Kiyochika. Widely regarded as Japan’s first artist with a distinctly modern tone, Kiyochika’s woodblock exhibition will feature the most comprehensive survey of his body of work, including the largest collection of his cityscapes. The exhibition will also be open during the National Cherry Blossom Festival (Mar. 20-Apr. 13), Washington, D.C.’s springtime celebration of Japanese culture.
Located: Freer Gallery of Art / Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Smithsonian Institution
1050 Independence Ave. SW
P.O. Box 37012, MRC 707, Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
TEL: 202-633-1000 / www.asia.si.edu

BUAISOU. Presents “Japan Blue” Installation Show in New York

July 13 - August 31

Bassanova Ramen / BUAISOU.

BUAISOU., an indigo artisanal group based in Tokushima, Japan, is having their first art installation show at Bassanova Ramen restaurant. The restaurant’s clean, white-based interior will be filled with art pieces made with fabrics dyed in a 100% natural “SUKUMO” vat that turns garments into a deep and luminous “Japan Blue”. All works are available for sale.
Location: 76 Mott St., (bet. Canal & Bayard Sts.)
New York, NY 10013
TEL: 212-334-2100
Info: sayaka@buaisou-i.com

Performance

Taka Kigawa Piano Recital

August 25

(le) Poisson Rouge

(le) Poisson Rouge will present a solo recital of critically acclaimed pianist, Taka Kigawa with the program of Pierre Boulez Complete Solo Piano Music at (le) Poisson Rouge. Kigawa has steadily built his reputation as one of today’s most compelling young artists, renowned as much for his superb musicianship as for his courageous programming. His performance of J.S. Bach’s The Art of Fugue, in August, 2012, entirely from memory, broke the attendance record in the solo recital genre at (le) Poisson Rouge, a record it holds to this day. At this recital on Pierre Boulez, he will be performing Twelve Notations, First Sonata, Second Sonata, Third Sonata (including a rare performance of “Sigle”), Incises, and Une page d’éphéméride.”
Location: 158 Bleecker St., (bet. Thompson & Sullivan Sts.)
New York, NY 10012
TEL: 212-505-3474 / www.lepoissonrouge.com
www.takakigawa.com

Lecture/Forum/Film/Festival

Screening: Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa

August 5, 24

Symphony Space

In Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai), 16th Century villagers hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This gripping three-hour ride is one of the most beloved movie epics of all time. The film is screened in Japanese with English subtitles.
Location: 2537 Broadway, (at 95th St.)
New York, NY 10025
TEL: 212-864-5400
www.symphonyspace.org

Events

Summer Learning Classes Focusing on Music, Japanese Language, Art & Creativity for Children

July 7-Aug. 7

ACE Music Studio

ACE Music Studio offers small classes and private lessons in music and basic Japanese targeting babies and children. They are holding “Summer Learning Class: Music class, Japanese class, Art & Creativity class” from July 7 to Aug. 7 in two locations indicated below. Created for children ages from 4-8 who have schooling experience, the summer class provides great opportunities to get immersed in music and language in a playful environment through activities like rhythmic, games, plays, dances, etc.
Manhattan location: 150 W. 46th St., 7th Fl., New York, NY 10036
Queens location: 66-08 Austin St., #1J, Rego Park, NY 11374
www.acemusicstudio.com / info@acemusicstudio.com

Children’s Summer Intensive Overnight Camp in NY

July 28-Aug. 8

Hariyama Ballet

This summer, Hariyama Ballet, specializing in the Vaganova Method, will host an intensive overnight camp from July 28-Aug. 8 for children aged mainly 10-16. Children must have some ballet experience. This camp will be an intimate group of students who will take lessons in both English and Japanese. Participants will receive full attention, including guidance on their strengths and weaknesses to bring out their best in two weeks. Students will not only learn ballet, but also other genres of dance. There will be special lessons by guest instructors from the American Ballet Theater and New York City Ballet.
Location: 58-60 W. 39th St., 3rd Fl., New York, NY 10018
TEL: 347-451-1801 / hariyamaballetnewyork.web.fc2.com

Summer Tours for Students to Okinawa, Gifu, and Osaka Prefectures

July 3-Aug. 3

IACE TRAVEL

Japanese travel agency IACE TRAVEL is offering 3 different summer camp tours to Japan. It is the perfect opportunity to learn about Japanese culture and history while enjoying nature. The Okinawa Youth Exchange Program is being held from July 3-17 for junior high and senior high school students focusing on the exchange aspect while staying with a host family. Summer Camp in Gifu is for 4th graders through high school students from July 4-15 or July 23-29. Students will learn about the Japanese way of life through stimulating the 5 senses in Satoyama. The Osaka Summer Exchange Program is for 10-16 year-olds and will be held from July 22-Aug. 3. Participants can enjoy learning about Japanese culture through their home stay experience with a typical Japanese family.
TEL: 1-800-872-4223, 212-972-3200
www.iace-asia.com / nyc@iace-usa.com

Summer Camp 2014

June 30-Aug. 1

Japanese Children’s Society

This summer, the Japanese Children’s Society will hold two types of day camps. Day Camp for young children ages 3-6 will focus on interactions with children of other ages while enjoying fun summer activities including playing in the water, cooking, field trips, playing with structures, swimming (for older children), and a summer fair. Day Camp for children in grades 1-6 focuses on teamwork and independence while providing leadership opportunities to younger children. Activities include cooking, sports, field trips, science experiments, language learning, and an overnight camp experience. Day Camp sessions for both age groups will be held from June 30-July 18 and July 21-Aug. 1.
Location: 8 West Bayview Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
TEL: 201-947-4832/ www.japaneseschool.org

Summer Class for Kids Focusing on Japanese Songs & Culture

Star Child Daycare

Star Child Daycare offers classes for kids from ages under 1 and up to nurture their creativity through art and music with a caring Japanese staff. They also offer group lessons, private lessons, and tutoring for older kids. This summer, Summer Class for ages 2 and up will be held in July and August from 8 am to 6 pm. The desired times and dates can be arranged. Children will learn seasonal Japanese songs and Japanese culture through hand games, crafts, and field trips.
Location: 435 E. 6th St., #1GF, New York, NY 10009
TEL: 646-509-0140 / www.starchildny.com

Summer Intentsive Japanese Language Courses for Teens

July 14 - August 8

The Japan Foundation / The Nippon Club

The Japan Foundation and The Nippon Club are offering summer intensive Japanese language courses this year to provide opportunities for young people who are interested in Japanese culture, such as anime/manga, j-pop, and fashion. Starting in July, participants can deepen their understanding of the Japanese culture by taking introductory and elementary classes at the The Nippon Club. To be eligible, students must be in grades 7 through 12 as of fall 2014. Early registration is also highly recommended as classes fill up quickly.
Location: 145 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019
TEL: 212-489-0299
www.jfny.org/language/course.html

Japanese Language Summer Classes

Japan Society

The Japan Society Toyota Language Center will be offering a variety of Japanese language classes and specialized courses this summer. Classes will include: Hiragana and Katakana Workshops, which will help students improve reading proficiency of the two syllabaries; Intensive Japanese Weekend courses for beginner level students; Shodo (Japanese calligraphy); English Conversation; Rodoku; and 13 levels of Japanese, including Kanji and theme based classes. Registration is available online for all classes through the Japan Society website.
Location: 333 E. 47th St., New York, NY 10017
TEL: 212-715-1256 / www.japansociety.org

US-Japan Summer Cultural Experience

July 20-Aug. 2

Keio Academy of New York

This summer, The Keio Academy of New York is offering a cultural exchange program for middle and high school students from July 20-Aug. 2. The program’s goal is to enhance participants’ cross-cultural understanding and improve their communication skills by having both English and Japanese native speakers in group activities together. Like past summer programs, this workshop will focus on various neighborhoods of New York City, Japanese language classes for all levels, Japanese history classes, art classes, and hands-on cultural experiences such as Japanese udon noodle making, martial arts workshops, video production, sports activities, and much more. For more details, please visit their website.
Location: 3 College Rd., Purchase, NY 10577
TEL: 914-701-3454
www.keio.edu/english/summerprograms

Kura no Shikon Premium Shochu Tasting Night

July 21 - 27

Komasa Jyozo / Aburiya Kinnosuke

Learn about the intricacies of Japan’s quintessential, sweet potato-derived spirit, and discover the rich, layered flavors found in premium shochu varietals. Throughout the week, Aburiya Kinnosuke will host a comparative tasting of the iconic, original Kura no Shikon shochu, and their new premier, artisan varietal, Gokujyo Kura no Shikon, which was painstakingly handcrafted throughout the distilling process. Order a glass of each ($25) for a complimentary dish of Tsukune (Grilled Ground Chicken) and be guided through each sip with their expert bartender.
Location: Aburiya Kinnosuke
213 E. 45th St. (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.)
New York, NY 10017
TEL: 212-867-5454
www.aburiyakinnosuke.com
Info: www.komasa.co.jp (Japanese only)

Speed Dating & BBQ Party: Meet Japanese Women

September 13 - 14

MeetJapanLady.com

A speed dating event hosted by MeetJapanLady.com, a match making service, that aims to tie single American men with Japanese women who are already internationally sophisticated, speak English, and reside in the tri-state area. The speed dating event will be held in New York City on Sept. 13 and the barbecue party will be held in New Jersey on Sept. 14. Only those who are serious about finding their lifelong partner will be accepted to participate in these two special events. Register online.
TEL: 443-470-5750 / www.meetjapanlady.com/event/ny2014.html

Happenings

All Single Curries for $5 on Tuesdays

Go!Go!Curry!

The World Trade Center Stadium location of Go!Go!Curry! will be participating in Lower Manhattan Tuesdays, an event designed to support hospitality and tourism businesses throughout Lower Manhattan. Every Tuesday from 5-8 pm May 27-Sept. 30 admission to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum will be free, and by presenting your ticket for that day at Go!Go!Curry! all single curries will be $5. (Please note that this offer is limited to the World Trade Center Stadium Go!Go!Curry! which closes at 8:55 pm).
Location: World Trade Center Stadium
12 John St., (bet. Broadway & Nassau St.), New York, NY 10038
TEL: 212-406-5555
http://www.gogocurryusa-ny.com @GOGOCURRYUSA

Summer Promotion: $50 Off Hair Services

Yo-C Salon

At this East Village salon, owner/stylist, Yoshi utilizes the funky & edgy styles of Tokyo, elegance of Paris and aggressiveness of NY styles, to highlight an individual customer’s personality. By paying close attention to the needs of each and every individual, their highly experienced team of stylists can create custom cutting edge styles with a natural look. From June 1 to July 18, they are offering a $50 discount for customers who order a cut, perm or color and treatment set. Regularly offered for $250, you can enjoy the total hair services for only $200.
Location: 225 E. 5th St., (bet 2nd & 3rd Aves.)
New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-529-0355
www.yo-csalon.com

Buy 1 Get 1 Free Beer and Wine and 20% OFF Total Bill

Himalayan Yak Restaurant

Located in Jackson Heights, the Himalayan Yak Restaurant is one of the oldest Himalayan fusion restaurants in New York. A recipient of numerous awards since its opening in 2005, the Himalayan Yak Restaurant has been featured in an episode of the hit ABC series “Ugly Betty,” showcasing the restaurant’s exotic food and cozy ambience. From June 23 - August 31, the restaurant will be offering 2 promotions: buy 1, get 1 free beer or glass of wine, and when you mention Chopsticks NY, you will receive 20% off of the total bill.
Location: 72-20 Roosevelt Ave., Jackson Heights, NY 11372
TEL: 718-779-1119
www.himalayanyak.com

Free Select Appetizer With Order of Hiyashi Tan Tan Men

Ramen Misoya

Ramen Misoya is the first restaurant in New York City to specialize in three types of miso and prides itself on creating nutritional food that helps benefit one’s diet. Now, for the whole month of July, Ramen Misoya is offering free gyoza, fried chicken or cha-han fried rice for those who order the Hiyashi Tan Tan Men. Please don’t forget to mention Chopsticks NY when you place your order. This offer is available during lunchtime hours only.
Location: 129 2nd Ave., (bet. 7th St. & St. Mark’s Pl.)
New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-677-4825
www.misoyanyc.com

Get 10% Off Total Bill

Cho Cho San

Named after Puccini’s Madam Butterfly and owned by a former actor, Cho Cho San is a popular Japanese restaurant that serves fine japanese cuisine in a unique and relaxing environment. The restaurant regularly offers bento boxes and All-You-Can-Drink sake for $10 per person, and accommodates party options up to 40 guests. Now they are offering a 10% discount on your total bill when you mention Chopsticks NY.
Location: 15 W. 8th St., (bet. 5th & 6th Aves.)
New York, NY 10011
TEL: 212-473-3333
www.chochosanrestaurant.com

Receive 10% Off Total Check

Umami Shoppu

Bringing together his father’s intensive ramen-chef training in Japan and his knowledge of the American palate, the owner/chef of Umami Shoppu has innovatively introduced the flavors and textures of Japan’s best noodles in the presence of toppings such as salmon, pickled ginger and wood ear mushrooms. Now, for the whole month of July, Chopsticks NY readers can receive a 10% discount on the total check. Don’t forget to mention Chopsticks NY when you place your order.
Location: 513 6th Ave., (bet. 13th & 14th Sts.)
New York, NY 10011
TEL: 212-229-9991
www.umamishoppu.com

Shiatsu Massage & Herbal Sauna Package 50% Off

iDo Holistic Center

Throughout July, iDo Holistic Center that offers Japanese holistic therapy treatments in New York City’s Midtown area, will be offering a deluxe full body massage package designed to relieve stress and ease the body and mind for $89 (Reg. $180). The package includes a 30 minute, muscle-tension easing herbal sauna, a 70 minute full body shiatsu massage to target tough knots and areas of stress retention, and 5 minutes of stretching, followed with helpful at-home stretching advice from your therapist.
Location: 22 E. 49th St., (bet. Madison & 5th Aves.), 3rd Fl.
New York, NY 10017
TEL: 212-599-5300
www.idocenter.com

Introducing Sake to the World

Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations

On June 11, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations (H.E. Mr. Motohide Yoshikawa) hosted a Sake Tasting Reception, inviting many ambassadors to the United Nations and senior staff of the United Nations, in support of Sake Export Association and the Premium Sake Association. Featuring flavors from 13 sake breweries and 14 sake masters, this event promoted the beauty of sake, aiming to increase the volume of sake exports to the U.S., where Japanese cuisine, such as ramen and sushi, are booming.

Participating 13 breweries included: Akita Seishu, Asahi Shuzo, Imada Sake Brewery, Kaetsu Sake Brewery, Marumoto Sake Brewery, Nishiyama Shuzojo, Okunomatsu Sake Brewery, Rihaku Sake Brewing Co., Takasago Shuzo, Tentaka Shuzo, Tenzan Sake Brewery, Toshimori Brewery and Yumegokoro Sake Brewery.

Info: www.un.emb-japan.go.jp

Gekkeikan Sparkling Sake: Get 2nd FREE

Alpha Fusion 34

Alpha Fusion Restaurant will match your order of Gekkeikan Sparkling Sake “Zipang” with a complimentary second bottle when you order the refreshing drink during the month of July. Known for their sophisticated mix of Asian cuisine inspired by Japanese spices and dishes, the chef and staff aim to treat each customer as a personal guest. The cocktail bar, sushi bar and upbeat music make Alpha Fusion a fun and delicious summer night spot.
Location: 365 W. 34th St., (bet. 8th & 9th Aves.), New York, NY 10001
TEL: 212-279-8887
www.alpha34.com

15% Off Place Settings & Sampling Program

Noritake

Noritake is an acknowledged leader in fine tableware and china with over a 100+ year legacy operating in New York City. Exclusive to Chopsticks readers, Noritake will offer 15% off their wide range of 4pc / 5 pc place setting sets and on their helpful Sample Program that allows customers to physically see 1 item from each set before purchasing the complete set. Simply type in the promo code “CHOPSTICKSJULY” at check-out. Valid: June 23 - July 31, 2014.
Location: Online only at www.noritakechina.com
EMAIL: nsc.tab@noritake.com

Bonus Stamp for RAKU’s Point Card

RAKU-It’s Japanese II!

The Upper West Side Japanese restaurant, RAKU-It’s Japanese II! known for their 80+ selection of hand rolls and willingness to recreate their customer’s favorite past menu items upon request, is offering all Chopsticks NY readers a free stamp for their points card (up to $50 value). A gift certificate is rewarded when enough stamps have been accumulated. Mention “Chopsticks NY” when ordering. Beer and sake is always Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price. Delivery is available.
Location: 57 W. 76th St. (bet. Columbus Ave. & Central Park West.)
New York, NY 10023
TEL: 212-873-1220 / www.rakuupperwest.com

$25 Off Summery Japanese CalGel Nail Art

W nails

Just opened this April in Midtown East, the veteran Japanese nail artists at this new beauty spot, W nails, has created a charming array of summer-inspired nail art designs using Japan’s most popular gel-based manicure system, CalGel. Take advantage of their nail art mastery by requesting one of the five recommended brand new summer designs. The color combination can be modified. Mention Chopsticks NY, and get $25 off the service, which is usually priced at $85. Offer lasts through July 31.
Location: 1059 2nd Ave., (bet. 55th & 56th Sts.), New York, NY 10022
TEL: 212-355-3030

Grand Opening Special: 50% Off Hair Service

Shinji 5th Ave Salon

Having established himself as a highly wanted hair stylist in renowned salons across Japan, Thailand and New York, Shinji opened his own salon this spring in the Flat Iron District. For the grand opening, Shinji 5th Ave Salon will be offering services at half their usual pricing: hair cuts will be $30 from the original $60, color will start at $35 instead of $70 and up, and Japanese Hair Straightening will start at $149 and up from $300 and up. By appointment only.
Location: 123 5th Ave., (bet. 19th & 20th Sts.), 2nd Fl.
New York, NY 10003
TEL: 347-580-0606

10% Off the Entire Website

Ramen Planet

Ramen Planet wants to change the common perception of “Ramen” and expose all the delicious and unique varieties of Japanese and Korean noodles, pastas, ramen cooking tools, and hard-to-find Japanese snacks that exist beyond the tired varieties sold at every deli. They also offer a subscription service that brings a variety of packaged delicious goods every 2 weeks or once a month. They’re offering 10% off everything on the site throughout July with coupon code: CHOPSTICKS.
Info: www.RamenPlanet.com

Free Shochu or Wine with Tapas Platter

Shochu and Tapas AYA

Shochu and Tapas AYA’s new summer menu features 15+ delicious Italian tapas plates that range from $6 - $15 each. Luckily, the Tapas Platter allows you your choice of 7 for only $35. The perfect quantity to share between two. Better yet, mention Chopsticks NY, and each guest who orders the platter (up to two guests per plate) will get a complimentary glass of wine or shochu from their vast collection that includes rare varieties that are hard to find in New York City. Offer only valid through July 30.
Location: 247 E. 50th St., (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.)
New York, NY 10022
TEL: 212-715-0770
www.aya-nyc.com

20% Discount during August for Chopsticks NY Readers

Kitchenware Central

Kitchenware Central features over 400 kinds of kitchen goods and home appliances such as rice cookers, grills, vacuum cleaners and air cleaners. During August, they will be offering a discount up to 20% off for Chopsticks NY readers (The discount amount varies depending on the item). The couple that owns Kitchenware Central has been in the business for over a decade, and they choose their products with a focus on famous brands, high quality, desirable prices and ease of use.
Location: 1635 Lemoine Ave., Fort Lee, NJ 07024
TEL: 201-886-0003 / www.kitchenwarecentral.com

Free Home-Roasted Tomato Topping for Chopsticks NY Readers

Ramen Misoya

Ramen Misoya is the first restaurant in New York City to specialize in three types of miso and create nutritional dishes that help benefit one’s diet. A new addition to their select toppings is Home-Roasted Tomato made by roasting halved tomatoes marinated in an olive oil base marinade in an oven. The sweetness and umami of tomato is enhanced while roasting, which makes it a perfect complement to miso flavors from Misoya’s ramen soup. For the month of August, they are offering free Home-Roasted Tomato (1 pc) for those who order a bowl of ramen. Mention Chopsticks NY when you place an order.
Location: 129 2nd Ave., (bet. 7th St. & St. Mark’s Pl.)
New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-677-4825 / www.misoyanyc.com

Gokujyo NIGHT –Kura no Shikon and Gokujyo Kura no Shikon

Komasa Jyozo / Daruma-ya

During August, the izakaya-style Japanese restaurant, Daruma-ya, known for its handmade soba and refined izakaya dishes, will be offering two kinds of rare sweet potato shochu, Kura no Shikon and Gokujyo Kura no Shikon, produced by Komasa Jyozo. Both types are known for having a delicate sweet potato flavor and being easy to drink, so they are especially recommended for those trying shochu for the first time or looking to redefine their image of sweet potato shochu. Daruma-ya will offer the two shochus at discounted prices. For those who want to sample a little bit of both, they offer a set of two small glasses at an affordable price. Those ordering the set will receive free Sweet Corn Tempura, a seasonal, signature dish of Daruma-ya, which perfectly complements these premium sweet potato shochus.
Location: 428 Greenwich St., (bet. Laight & Vestry Sts.)
New York, NY 10013 / TEL: 212-274-0428

Complimentary Bottle of Gekkeikan Sparkling Sake “Zipang” or Junmai Ginjo Sake “Suzaku”

Fushimi

During August, order one bottle of Gekkeikan Sparkling Sake “Zipang” or Junmai Ginjo Sake “Suzaku” and receive a complimentary bottle of the same sake at its two Brooklyn and one Staten Island locations on weekdays from Monday to Thursday. Fushimi’s talented chefs fuse traditional Japanese food with inventive French inspired nouvelle cuisine, making its dishes the cream of the crop. With superior service and a trendy ambiance, it is no surprise that Fushimi has a loyal fan base that keeps growing.
Locations:
Fushimi Williamsburg

475 Driggs Ave., Williamsburg, NY 11211
TEL: 718-963-2555

Fushimi Staten Island
2110 Richmond Rd.
Staten Island, NY 10306
TEL: 718-980-5300

Fushimi Bay Ridge
9316 4th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11209
TEL: 718-833-7788

50% Discount on Membership Fee for Chopsticks NY readers

Starchild Daycare

Starchild Daycare is a relaxed environment staffed by Japanese where children’s creativity is nurtured through music and art. Through August, they’re offering a 50% discount on membership fee (Reg. $200) for Chopsticks NY readers. Starchild Daycare offers full time daycare services (8 am-6 pm) for newborns and older from Monday through Friday. Everyday after 4 pm, they offer “After School Programs” such as “HIRAGANA Class” and “MUSIC Class”. Day care involves playing in Japanese, the music classroom fosters creativity by using a variety of instruments.
Location: 435 E. 6th St., 1F (bet. Avenue A & 1st Ave.)
New York, NY 10009
TEL: 646-509-0140 / www.starchildny.com

20% off on Weekends to Commemorate 20-year Anniversary

Phoenix Garden

Located in the residential area of Midtown East, Phoenix Garden offers authentic Cantonese cuisine at reasonable prices. Long loved by locals, the restaurant is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is commemorating the occasion by offering 20% off regular items on Saturdays and Sundays (the course menu receives a 10% discount). This offer is limited to customers dining at the restaurant.
Location: 242 E. 40th St., (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), New York, NY 10016
TEL: 212-983-6666 / www.phoenixgardennyc.com

A hijiki present for those placing their first order

NY Nojo

NY Nojo is a delivery site that ships fresh vegetables and fish. They send vegetables directly from the farm where they are grown, and specially select organic ingredients such as rice, fish and meat (They also feature the seaweed that has been used for 50 years at Sukiyabashi Jiro, where President Obama ate during his recent trip to Japan). New customers who order via the site in August will receive a free gift of hijiki, a dried sea vegetable.
TEL: 516-769-1683 / www.nynojo.com

10% Off and Free Wine/Sake for Chopsticks NY Readers

Matsu Sushi

Matsu Sushi, located in Astoria, Queens, offers Japanese cuisine centered on rolls and sushi. (See details in the review on page 21) Chopsticks NY readers who dine at the restaurant through August can receive 10% off their bill by saying they found the discount information in Chopsticks NY. Also, customers who spend more than $15 per person on dinner will receive a free glass of house wine or Japanese sake.
Location: 3411 30th Ave (bet. 34th & 35th Sts.), Astoria, NY 11103
TEL: 718-726-7029 / www.matsusushiastoria.com

Japanese Straightening and Digital Perms 20% off

Salon Wave

Salon Wave is offering a Japanese Straightening and Digital Perm Summer promotion campaign of 20% off through the end of August. To receive this discount, make sure to say you saw the discount information in Chopsticks NY when you make your appointment. Before getting the digital perm, customers must come to the salon to receive counseling from a stylist. This past April the salon relocated to a new location on the same block, and it now has an even bigger, stylish interior.
Location: 1029 2nd Ave. (at 54th St.), New York, NY 10022
TEL: 212-355-7399

Free Consultation for Matchmaking in NYC

MeetJapanLady.com (MJL)

Naoko Matsumoto, a certified personal matchmaker and relationship coach specializing in connecting professional men with Japanese women, is now offering free monthly matchmaking consultations in New York City. The August sessions are scheduled for the 30 and 31. At the free consultation sessions, she will help you create your own profile for online registration on MeetJapanLady.com. MJL will also hold a speed dating event on Sept. 13 in New York City and a BBQ party on Sept. 14 in New Jersey.
Info: www.meetjapanlady.com/nyc/
TEL: 443-470-5750

20% Off “The Summer Menu”

Trois Peignes

Owned by three experienced hair stylists, Trois Peignes (meaning “three combs”) in the East Village offers everything from precision haircuts to perms, hair coloring and deep conditioning treatments, and it is one of the few salons in Manhattan that offer an Organic Keratin Treatment called the KeraGreen Keratin Treatment. They are currently promoting menus perfect for this season at discounted prices. “The Summer Menu” includes Keragreen Keratin Treatment, Japanese Straight and Smooth Control, Hair color and Highlights. Until Aug. 31, these menus are offered for 20% off.
Location: 150 2nd Ave., (bet. 9th & 10th Sts.), New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-388-9942 / www.troispeignes.com

Order One Dish and Receive a Free Drink

Dojo Restaurant

Serving health-conscious Japanese dishes with original twists, Dojo Restaurant has been loved by New Yorkers for four decades. Now in the heart of Greenwich Village, and after going through a 6-month renovation last year, Dojo Restaurant was reborn as an American style bar-diner with an essence of Japanese comfort food. Mention Chopsticks NY when you place an order of one dish, and receive a free beer or soft drink. Valid through Aug. 31.
Location: 14 West 4th St., (at Mercer St.), New York, NY 10012
TEL: 212-505-8943 / www.dojorestaurant.com

Half-price Trial Lesson

Hariyama Ballet

Japanese ballet dancer, Mami Hariyama is a Japanese teacher of the Russian method (Vaganova Method) in New York. She trained and performed ballet in Osaka and was coached by Vaganova ballet teachers from a young age and now owns her own ballet school in Midtown Manhattan. Classes are offered for ages 2 up to adult, including adult beginner classes. Until the end of August, persons mentioning Chopsticks NY can get the $20 trial lesson for $10.
Location: 58-60 W. 39th St., 3rd Fl. (bet. 5th & 6th Aves.)
New York, NY 10018
TEL: 347-451-1801 / www.hariyamaballet.com

15 % Off Artisan Dishware

GAMA Pottery

GAMA Pottery offers pottery handmade from up-and-coming Korean ceramic artists and also carries a wide variety of Korean tableware that is easily incorporated into contemporary living. From now until the end of June, mention Chopsticks NY and you will receive a 15% discount on all dishware purchases. Offer excludes sale products.
Location: 37 Great Jones St., (bet. Bowery & Lafayette St.)
TEL: 201-805-0108 / www.gamapottery.com

Shiatsu Massage & Herbal Sauna Package 50% Off

iDo Holistic Center

Throughout August, iDo Holistic Center which offers Japanese holistic therapy treatments in New York City’s Midtown area, will be offering a deluxe full body massage package designed to relieve stress and ease the body and mind for $89 (Reg. $180). The package includes a 30 minute, muscle-tension easing herbal sauna, a 70 minute full body shiatsu massage to target tough knots and areas of stress retention, and 5 minutes of Zen-stretching, followed with helpful, at-home stretching advice from your therapist.
Location: 22 E. 49th St., 3rd Fl. (bet. Madison & 5th Aves.)
New York, NY 10017
TEL: 212-599-5300 / www.idocenter.com

First Time Customer with Yaz will Get 20% Off

Salon Vijin

Salon Vijin stylists create sophisticated looks that are modern and chic as well as styles that are easy to maintain. Salon Vijin’s stylist, Yaz has over 18 years of experience at famous salons in Tokyo and New York. Until the end of August, first time customers with Yaz will get 20% off the total cost at checkout. At Salon Vijin you can reach your full beauty potential through a hairstyle that has been designed exclusively for you.
Location: 22 E. 1st St., (bet. Bowery & 2nd Ave.), New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-664-0664 (English) / 212-397-2222 (Japanese)
www.salonvijin.com

An Award Winning Kimoto Sake Night

EN Japanese Brasserie / Daishichi Sake Brewery

EN Japanese Brasserie, which will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in September, invited Daishichi Sake Brewery and held “an award winning kimoto sake night” on June 19. In addition to offering 7 kinds of Daishichi Kimoto such as Junmai Kimoto, Executive Chef, Hiroki Abe treated everyone to 7 types of food. The party was set up with two counters lined with sake, allowing the 30 attendees to learn more about Daishichi as well as to enjoy En’s sophisticated atmosphere. Those in attendance included American fans of Japanese sake, restaurant industry related members and those who love En’s cuisine. Sake enthusiasts commented that they had become fans of the sake, and that they were very happy to be able to know about a new brand they hadn’t tried before. Daishichi Sake Brewery’s President, Hideharu Ohta and Master Sake Sommelier, Ad Blankestijn were also in attendance, and they were able to spend a nice time with participants. With a smile, President Ohta said, “I come to New York multiple times a year, and this was a great opportunity to be able to speak directly with those enjoying our sake.”

Location: 435 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014
TEL: 212-647-9196

Kintetsu International’s Annual Travel Showcase Attracts Record Number of Travel Vendors

KIE/Kintetsu International

Traveling agency, KIE/Kintetsu International, held its 5th Annual KIE Travel Showcase on June 19 at the Park Central Hotel. In total, over 10 major airlines, 40 major tri-state hotels, National/Enterprise car rental and various vacation vendors exhibited their products and services. In addition, close to 200 KIE clients attended this year. This unique forum allowed vendors and KIE’s clients the rare opportunity to directly exchange information to learn more about the supplier’s services, as well as access to their discounted air, car and hotel rates.

Info: www.kintetsu.com / www.japanforyou.com
TEL: 1-800-422-3481

2014 All American Open International Karate Championships

Kyokushin Karate

On Saturday, June 21st, Kyokushin Karate hosted the 19th Annual All American Open International Karate Championships at Hunter College Sportsplex in New York City. Nearly 100 competitors of all ages, from 15 countries participated. The event reaffirmed the strength of many, and introduced the potential of many more. Oleksandr Ieromenko of Ukraine defeated the defending Champion, Zahari Damyanov of Bulgaria to become All American Open Champion for the first time. In the Women’s Yokozuna open weight championship, Myriam Lamarre of Canada took her first time victory in NY. Exciting matches were enjoyed by all, and it was a great opportunity for strong fighters around the world to come together for international camaraderie.

Info: Kyokushin Karate
265 Madison Ave., 5th Fl. (at 39th St.), New York, NY 10016
TEL: 212-947-3334 / www.kkny.net
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Aged at 14°F for 1 year, this golden hued sake has a wonderful aroma and a transparent taste. Drink chilled in a large wine glass.