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Pop up Shop for Premiering Canvas Bag from Kyoto

November 17-22


Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu, canvas item specialty manufacture/store in Kyoto, is opening a pop up shop inside Kokage restaurant in Midtown in celebration of the 150th anniversary of its establishment. Their canvas bags are particularly well sought after in Japan, and are sold only in the flagship shop in Higashiyama, Kyoto, not even available online. At the pop up shop, offered for a limited time, from Nov. 17 to 22, they’ll have as many as 100 varieties of their bags for sale, including limited editions made in collaboration with Kokage and Kajitsu restaurants. Made by craftspeople one by one, canvas bags by Ichizawa Hanpu are “durable works of art”. It’s a rare opportunity to buy the bags in New York. Prices range from $60-200.

Location: 125 E. 39th St., (bet. Lexington & Park Aves.)
New York, NY 10016

Shunzo Ohno Jazz Trumpet Live

December 19

The Cutting Room

New York based Japanese jazz trumpeter, Shunzo Ohno, is coming back to The Cutting Room this December. Ohno is an accomplished composer and arranger who has performed and toured with many of the world’s greatest jazz artists, including Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Gil Evans, Larry Coryell, and many more. With numerous recordings under his own name as a leader, he has also appeared on over 30 more as a sideman and has collaborated on two Grammy recordings.
Ohno will be accompanied by David Berkman (piano), Clifford Carter (keyboards), Mark Egan (bass), and Billy Kilson (drums). You will also have a chance to purchase ReNew, Ohno’s newest CD, not sold until mid 2016.

Location: 44 E. 32nd St., (bet. Madison & Park Aves.)
New York, NY 10010 /


Hokusai: Great Art, Small Sizes

November 21 to December 30

Ronin Gallery

The Ronin Gallery is hosting an exhibition featuring rare and exceptional works of Katsushika Hokusai, one of Japan’s greatest ukiyo-e artists. “HOKUSAI: Great Art, Small Sizes” explores Hokusai’s early genius through a series of small-edition, privately commissioned works, genre prints, erotic art (shunga), and beautiful miniature landscapes. Hokusai prints, vividly depicting the people and atmosphere of Edo-era Japan, are presented in a rare collection spanning the years 1790-1815.
Location: 425 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10017
TEL: 212.688.0188 /


Phase 360: Koto and Shamisen Explored 2015

December 13

Masayo Ishigure

Japanese traditional instrument performer, Masayo Ishigure organizes a unique koto and shamisen performance event in collaboration with Western instruments and other style of performing arts, such as dances and martial arts. Ms. Ishigure will play several Japanese traditional instruments (13 strings-, 17 strings-, and 20 strings koto, shamisen) and sing “jiuta” style music. Guest performers include MIYABI Koto Ensemble, TAP Dance, and Rhythm Nagi.s
Location: The National Opera Center America Marc Scorca Hall
330 7th Ave. (bet. 28th & 29th Sts.), 7th Fl., New York, NY 10001
TEL: 212-796-8630 / / TEL: 646-418-7098 (Ishigure)

Kaoru Watanabe in Concert

December 20

Shapeshifter Lab

Kaoru Watanabe, an innovative taiko drum and shinobue flute musician, will appear in concert along with the NeO ensemble, Sumie Kaneko, the Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center ensemble, Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center students, and special guests. The first half of the performance will feature Mr. Watanabe’s students, while the latter half of the program will showcase professional musicians. Musical selections will include traditional Japanese songs to which global rhythms have been added, reflecting a uniquely enjoyable worldview.
Location: 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215



Lecture: “Delicious Devotion: Soulful Vegetarian Cooking for the Body & Mind”

November 17-22

The Japan Foundation / The Nippon Club

“Shojin ryori” is the Japanese term for the Buddhist devotional vegetarian cuisine. The Reverend Masami Asao, dietician and head of Akasaka Teran, a Buddhist vegetarian cooking school located inside Jokokuji Temple in Tokyo, will give a lecture on the origins, ingredients and philosophy of Buddhist cooking. A unique opportunity to taste her “shojin ryori” will follow the lecture.
Location: 145 W. 57th St., (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY 10019
TEL: 212-489-0299 (ext.154)

Koto and Shamisen Workshop

December 6

The National Opera Center America

Those who are curious about the koto and the shamisen but have never had the opportunity to try playing them are invited to a special workshop with Masayo Ishigure, Japanese traditional instrument performer and lecturer. Ms. Ishigure will discuss these two instruments, their history, and how to read their sheet music. Koto instruction will take place from 1-2:30 pm and shamisen instruction will take place from 2:45-4:15 pm. The class size will be limited to 10 participants; reservations are on a first-come first-served basis.
Location: The National Opera Center America, Studio 706
330 7th Ave., 7th FL, New York, NY 10001
TEL: 646-418-7098 /

Japanese New Year Card Making Event

December 6

Friends Academy / Japanese Children’s Society

Friends Academy is offering a Japanese New Year card making event for children from two and a half to six years old. It’s a great opportunity for kids to experience Japanese culture alongside their parents. Participation for this event is $20 per child, $10 for each additional sibling. Parents may join for free. Advance reservation required. A free shuttle bus to the Japanese Children’s Society in New Jersey, where they are hosting the same event at the same time, is available.
Location: Friends Academy
310 West 103rd St. (bet. West End Ave. & Riverside Dr.)
New York, NY 10025 / TEL: 212-935-8535 /

Japanese Children’s Society, Inc.
8 W. Bayview Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07660
TEL: 212-947-4832 /


35th Anniversary Promotion

Kodama Sushi

In celebration of Kodama Sushi’s 35th Anniversary, they’re offering two discount deals. Any customer with Broadway tickets can get 20% off for Broadway Musical Rolls and Black Special Rolls. If you are a Broadway show staff or Theater district hotel staff, you receive a 10% discount for the entire bill. Discounts are valid until the end of 2015 so enjoy Kodama Sushi’s roll specials.
Location: 301 W. 45th St., (bet. 8th and 9th Aves.)
New York, NY 10036
TEL: 212-582-8065

10 % Off Yukhoe and Makgeolli Set for Chopsticks NY Readers

Seoul Garden

Seoul Garden is a long standing, popular Korean food restaurant in Koreatown, Manhattan, offering hearty dishes using quality ingredients. They are holding a promotion to serve an exquisite set of yukhoe (beef tartare) and makgeolli (alcoholic beverage made from rice or wheat) for 10% off for Chopsticks NY readers. Yukhoe in Seoul Garden is made from prime raw beef seasoned with a piquant dressing. Makgeolli contains an abundance of nutrients such as fiber, Vitamin B and C and lactic acid promoting digestion. Toward the cold season, warm up your body from inside with yukhoe and makgeoli. This offer is valid in October and November.
Location: 34 W. 32nd St., (bet. 5th Ave. & Broadway), 2nd Fl.
New York, NY 10001
TEL: 212-736-9002 /

Thanksgiving Lunch Menu


Produced by Kajitsu, Kyoto-style shojin ryori (dishes eaten by monks) specialty restaurant in Midtown, Kokage serves non-vegetarian, casual meals equally elegant as the dishes served by its sister restaurant. On Thanksgiving Day, a lunch set including tempura, barazushi (assorted fresh seafood over sushi rice) and soba noodles will be offered for $38. Your chance to enjoy the set will last for only 2 hours, from 11:45 am-1:45 pm on Thanksgiving Day.
Location: 125 E. 39th St., (bet. Lexington & Park Aves.)
New York, NY 10016
TEL: 212-228-4873 /

Special Haircut Discount

Ken Shigematsu

From November 2015 to February 2016, Chopsticks NY customers can receive a special haircut discount from veteran hairdresser, Ken Shigematsu. For only $40 (Reg. $70), customers will be treated to 30 years of expertise in his way of creating individualistic styles and catering to his customer’s desires. Don’t forget to mention Chopsticks NY when making an appointment.
Location: 123 5th Ave., (bet. 19th & 20th Sts.), New York, NY 10003
TEL: 646-234-1134

Free House Special Appetizer

iNoodles Ramen Restaurant

Newly opened on the edge of Midtown and Koreatown, iNoodles Ramen Restaurant offers authentic Japanese dishes with modern touches. The ramen and izakaya-style dish restaurant is offering a free house special Appetizer of the Day to Chopsticks NY readers only until the end of November. From the popular Gyu Ramen (beef broth ramen) to Spicy Tonkotsu (pork-bone broth ramen), iNoodles has a wide variety of ramen flavors and izakaya dishes with playful concepts as well as special house cocktails. Mention Chopsticks NY to receive this offer.
Location: 150 W. 36th St., (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.)
New York, NY, 10018
TEL: 646-918-6863 /

Up to 40% off Eyelash Extentions for New Customers

I Love Lash

Semi permanent eyelash extension boutique in Fort Lee, I love Lash, opened a second store in Tenafly in August. Celebrating its grand opening, they will be offering 40% off any new set of eyelash extensions in the Tenafly location and 30% off in the Fort Lee location. These offers include one of their most popular eyelash extensions, 100% real mink set. The offers are valid for new customers only until the end of November. Don’t forget to mention Chopsticks NY when making an appointment.
Location: (Fort Lee location)
1550 Lemoine Ave., #212, Fort Lee, NJ 07024
TEL: 201-679-6970

(Tenafly location)
6 Highwood Ave., Tenafly, NJ 07670
TEL: 201-569-6060 /

Two Year Anniversary Promotion


Opened in Midtown Manhattan two years ago, HINATA has served healthy yet flavorful ramen, including organic, gluten-free, and vegetarian friendly ramen. To celebrate its two year anniversary, HINATA will offer a free glass of beer and one free topping for those who order a bowl of ramen from Nov. 16 to 29.
Location: 159 E. 55th St.
(3rd & Lexington Aves.)
New York, NY 10022
TEL: 212-355-2974

Sweet Potato Shochu Special

Komasa Jyozo / Yakiniku West

Japanese style BBQ restaurant, Yakiniku West, will be offering Kozuru Kuro (sweet potato shochu by Komasa Jyozo) during the month of November. Using the distiller’s original production method, this shochu skillfully locks in the umami and aroma of sweet potato. Its profound body and sweetness linger in one’s mouth and taper elegantly. Those ordering Kobe Super Prime Short Rib, Short Rib, Rib Eye, Sirloin, or Finger Rib and a glass of Kura no Shikon can enjoy the glass for $5 (Reg. $7.50).
Location: 218 E. 9th St., (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-979-9238

Vital Shot Hair Revitalization Treatment

Belea New York

Belea New York, a Japanese hair salon that opened in Midtown this past April, is presenting an exclusive offer to Chopsticks NY readers. Throughout the month of December, the first five customers to visit the shop will receive a Keratin Complex Vital Shot Repair Treatment for their hair at no charge. The Vital Shot Repair Treatment uses condensed keratin to revitalize and beautify damaged hair. When making reservations, please mention the Vital Shot offer.
Location: 239 E. 53rd St., (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.)
New York, NY 10022 / TEL: 646-707-0050

Embroidery and Patchwork Exhibition and Workshop

Keiko Shiraishi

Keiko Shiraishi creates original craftworks incorporating Western patchwork techniques into Eastern embroideries. For the first time in her decades-long career, she will have a solo exhibition in New York on Dec. 23. On the 24th, she will also hold a Japanese doll making class to promote Japanese craft culture to New Yorkers. Sign-up is required for the class. Apply by Dec. 21. Pre-opening event will be held on Dec. 22 from 7-9 pm.
Location: Honzokaku
145 E. 35th St., (bet. 3rd & Lexington Aves.), Basement
New York, NY 10016 / / TEL: 646-707-7360

50% Discount or a Free Whitening Kit for New Patients

Dental Serenity of Manhattan

Dental Serenity is a Manhattan clinic providing a range of cosmetic dental services. To celebrate the Christmas holiday, they are offering a 50% discount or a free whitening kit to new patients receiving an examination, cleaning, and x-rays. With flexible payment plan options, Dental Serenity works closely with patients to help maintain the healthy smile, gums and teeth they have always dreamed of. This special promotion is valid through the month of December.
Location: 515 Madison Ave., (at 53rd St.), Suite 1225 New York, NY 10022
TEL: 212-858-9266 /

Autumn Customer Appreciation Special


MOCU-MOCU is offering obanyaki for $9.95 for a six-piece set. Their obanyaki variety includes plain or matcha batter and fillings such as red bean paste, apple compote and custard cream, and ujikintoki. A Hiroshima-yaki Holiday Set, available at lunch or dinner, is also offered from $23. Enjoy seasonal house-made soup, warm edamame vichyssoise, or pumpkin soup. A Mont Blanc dessert obanyaki, black tea or coffee, and an original MOCU-MOCU shopping bag are also included. Available from Nov. 15-Dec. 15.
Location: 746 10th Ave., (bet. 50th & 51st Sts.), New York, NY 10019
TEL: 212-765-0197 /

Hell’s Fire Ramen Campaign with Special Gyoza Offer

Naruto Ramen

In honor of the new Upper West Side branch that opened in September, Naruto Ramen is offering a campaign for a super-spicy ramen to warm you up this winter. Full of Korean red chili paste, red chili pepper and kimchi, the Hell’s Fire Ramen has five levels of heat. Upon finishing a bowl of the fiery Level 5 ramen, you can get a coupon for a free serving of house-made gyoza. Coupons are available through Dec. 31. The campaign is running at the following three locations.

Upper West Side location
2634 Broadway, (at 100th St.), New York, NY 10025
TEL: 212-222-0229

Upper East Side location
1596 3rd Ave, (bet. 89th & 90th Sts.), New York, NY 10128
TEL: 212-289-7803

Brooklyn location
276 5th Ave., (bet. 4th Ave & Garfield Pl.), Brooklyn, NY 11215
TEL: 718-832-1111 /

Takoyaki Tuesday


At okonomiyaki restaurant, Okiway, which celebrated its grand opening this year, you can enjoy a range of savory pancakes from the traditional Japanese okonomiyaki to innovative versions incorporating international flavors. On each Tuesday during the month of December, Okiway is offering a special “Takoyaki Tuesday” promotion. Customers dining at the restaurant who mention that they saw this piece in Chopsticks NY will receive a complimentary six-piece serving of takoyaki. Only one complimentary takoyaki dish is available per table.
Location: 1006 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237
TEL: 718-417-1091 /

Free Ramen Topping at a Late Night Izakaya

Shinya Shokudo

Known as Totto Ramen by day, this restaurant becomes a special izakaya called Shinya Shokudo late at night, serving specially arranged ramen as well as regular izakaya favorites. Of course they have Japanese beer and wine, but an abundant selection of gins and whiskies is also available. Mention this article from Chopsticks NY and get a double helping of a meat topping or a single topping from the general menu for free. Offer valid through February 2016.
Location: 248 E. 52nd St., (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), New York, NY 10022
TEL: 212-230-1234

Japanese Ceramics Exhibition and Sale

N.Y. Togei Kyoshitsu

From Dec. 4 until Dec. 23, N.Y. Togei Kyoshitsu is offering a special exhibition and sale of ceramics that have been lovingly handcrafted by Togei Kyoshitsu members. N.Y. Togei Kyoshitsu, open since 1997, teaches traditional Japanese ceramics classes for beginning and advanced students alike. A wide selection of pieces, from dinnerware to objets d’art, will be showcased. You can also speak with the artists in person. Each piece is one of a kind. Mention Chopsticks NY and get 5% off your purchase.
Location: 5 W. 30th St., 3 FL., (bet Broadway & 5th Ave.)
TEL: 212-268-1711 /

December promotion: Free Bottle of Soju

Seoul Garden

Seoul Garden is a long standing, popular Korean food restaurant in Koreatown, Manhattan, offering hearty dishes using quality ingredients. During the month of December, those ordering a Hot Pot will enjoy a complimentary bottle of soju, Korean hard liquor, from the restaurant. Enjoy a variety of Korean style hot pots along with soju to warm up inside and out.
Location: 34 W . 32nd St., (bet. 5th Ave. & Broadway), 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10001
TEL 212-736-9002 /

Winter Special Dinner Course for Two

Songkran Thai Kitchen

Songkran Thai Kitchen offers contemporary Thai food, reflecting the fun and happiness of Thai culture. On New Year’s Eve, they offer Winter Special Dinner Course for two for $40. You can also request All-You-Can-Drink for an additional $16. Also offered only in wintertime are special noodle soups such as Tom Yum Noodle Soup, Curry Noodle Soup, Yen Ta Four, and Clear Noodle Soup.
Location: 330 8th Ave., (bet. 26th & 27th Sts.), New York, NY 10001
TEL: 212-239-8792

Relax and Ease Stress with Reduced-Price Acupuncture Treatments


Recently opened on the Lower East Side, REST provides acupuncture in a unique, stylish, and spacious environment. Acupuncturists, Yukiko Naoi and Lexy Norindr provide stress reduction treatments, allowing each client to reach a deep state of relaxation. To celebrate its grand opening, REST is holding a campaign until the end of January 2016, offering sessions for $50 (Reg. $75) to first time clients. By offering less expensive sessions, REST makes it possible for everyone to relax on a regular basis.
Location: 131 Norfolk St. (bet. Rivington & Stanton Sts.)
New York, NY 10002
TEL: 212-234-0650

Premium Sweet Potato Shochu Special

Komasa Jyozo / Donburiya

Casual, izakaya-style restaurant, Donburiya will be offering Kura no Shikon (premium sweet potato shochu by Komasa Jyozo) during the month of December. Crafted with premium sweet potatoes made by an award-winning potato grower with locally made rice koji, this shochu goes through an aging process that helps it mature into a well-rounded taste. Those ordering sauteed Beef Intestine or Washu Beef Intestine Tofu-Jiggae and a glass of Kura no Shikon can enjoy the glass for $6 (Reg. $8).
Location: 253 W. 55th St., (bet. Broadway & 8th Ave.), New York, NY 10019
TEL: 212-980-7909

Anti Aging Skincare Seminar with New Soap Bar

Cosme Proud

Cosme Proud, specializing in high-performance, Anti-aging skincare and beauty products, released new their soap bar, Golden Jade Savon, this October. At the launch event of the new product on Oct. 28, Katsuya Araki, President of Cosme Proud, gave a free lecture on anti-aging skincare in the transitional period from autumn to winter. During the seminar, participants had a chance to try the Golden Jade Savon that was formulated by a natural herbal compound from dozens of carefully selected plants and aged for four months to concentrate the beauty components. They experienced that the super fine and creamy foam the soap created clung to the skin and removed dirt and oil gently. All participants received sample size Golden Jade Savon ($10) for free.

5-Course Dinner Featuring Seasonal Japanese Dishes and Dassai Sake

Saikai Dining Bar / Asahi Shuzo

Recently opened in the West Village, Saikai Dining Bar, offers contemporary Japanese fine dining with an attractive, stylish atmosphere and serves dishes that reflect both authentic and modern tastes by using the freshest seasonal ingredients. In collaboration with Asahi Shuzo in Yamaguchi Prefecture, brewer of Dassai premium sake, they hosted an event serving a 5-course dinner on Nov. 5. All dishes were created by Chef Atsushi Nakahigashi and each course was paired with a particular type of Dassai sake. Mr. Kazutoshi Sakurai, Executive VP of Asahi Shuzo, also participated in the event and gave a presentation about the brewery and brand while serving exquisite Dassai sake.
Saikai Dining Bar
24 Greenwich Ave., (at W. 10th St.), New York, NY 10011
TEL: 646-838–5599 /

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