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Premium Sake & Shochu Tasting Event

June 20

Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc.

The 8th annual New York Premium Sake and Shochu tasting event will host close to 25 different Japanese sake and shochu companies, as well as 15 different food companies. This year’s tasting will feature sake and shochu that have been popular year after year; the all-stars of sake and shochu. Attendees will be shown which Japanese sake and shochu pair best with what foods, and some great shochu cocktail recipes will be showcased. A Japanese sake tasting contest is also scheduled, among other exciting plans!

Wismettac invites all leaders of the food and drink industry in New York, along with restaurant owners, buyers, beverage directors, liquor stores and catering companies to join us for this special event. This B to B event is free of charge (Invitation Only), so please R.S.V.P no later than June 10th. Must be 21 years of age or over; no children will be allowed at this event.

Location: 230 5th Ave. (at 27th St.), New York, NY 10001
TEL: 201-804-1600 / www.ntcltdusa.com

JAPAN CUTS 2015 Festival of New Japanese Film

July 9 - 19

Japan Society

JAPAN CUTS 2015: Festival of New Japanese Film returns to New York City for the 9th year to celebrate all films made in or around Japan from July 9 - 19. Considered one of the most frenetic and loopiest of New York's film festivals, this year’s exciting line up focuses on the rebellious edge of contemporary Japan. The festival will kick off with HIBI Rock: Puke Afro and the Pop Star and will continue on with New York premieres of independent features, documentaries, comedies, action epics, dramas and psychedelic animation of the fantasy realm.
The film's Centerpiece Presentations are Asleep, adapted from Yoshimoto Banana's story and 100 Yen Love; both films star Sakura Ando as its unique, humanistic heroine. Hosted by the Japan Society, Special Guests will include featured actresses and venerable forces in the Japanese film industry.

Location: 333 E. 47th St., (bet. 1st & 2nd Aves.)
New York, NY 10017
TEL: 212-715-1258
www.japansociety.org

Exhibition

Seasonal Landscapes in Japanese Screens

Through September 6 FREE

Freer Gallery of Art

The Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Art is holding the exhibition, 'Seasonal Landscapes in Japanese Screens' at the Freer Gallery, in honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The exhibitions will focus on– landscapes from the 16th and early 17th centuries which combine ink-painting techniques from China and the vibrant color of traditional Japanese painting. The Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art is also hosting a colorful array of events running through Sept. 6, including the exhibitions “Zen, Tea and Chinese Art in Medieval Japan” and "Oribe Ware: Color and Pattern Come to Japanese Ceramics". Details for all planned events, such as family day, and ArtJamz painting party can be found at asia.si.edu/cherryblossom.
Location: 1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C., 20013
TEL: 202-633-4880

Exhibition and Art Therapy Workshop with Sumi-e Painting

July 23 & 24

J-LABO BROOKLYN

"Sumi-e & Art Therapy~Emotional Light Art Therapy Workshop~" is a two-day exhibition and workshop that combines the method of art therapy and the technique of Sumi-e (Japanese traditional brush painting). There are two workshops at 2 pm and 6:30 pm on the 24th. During the 90-mintute workshops, Sumi-e artist, Kunio Suzuki and art therapist, Akatsuki will help you make a lamp shade using the sumi-e technique.
Location: 300-302 7th St., (Entrance at J+B DESIGN)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
www.akatsukitonttu.com

Performance

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I

Ongoing through July 5

Lincoln Center Theater

A new Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved The King and I is now in previews with stars Academy Award® nominee Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Inception) and five-time Tony Award® nominee Kelli O’Hara (The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific). Tony winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific) directs this classic tale of a British schoolteacher’s unexpected relationship with the imperious King of Siam. Previews go until Apr. 15, and the official opening is on Apr. 16.
Location: 150 W. 65th St., (bet. Broadway & Amsterdam Ave.)
New York, NY 10023 / www.lct.org/shows/king-and-i/

Kabuki Dance and Sankyoku Music--Salon Series No. 52

June 21

Sachiyo Ito

Through the performances of the Kabuki Dance, Shigure Saigyo, and the classical Sankyoku music, Kajimakura, Salon Series No.52 will explore the life of asobime (play girl) and shirabyoshi (dancer/medieval entertainers, described as the profane, and yet who served a sacred role in Japanese history). Originally a Noh play adopted to a Kabuki dance, Shigure Saigyo surrounds an episode about a poet/monk, Saigyo, and a courtesan/Boddhisatva, while Kajimakura is about the impermanence of entertainers’ lives.
Location: Tenri Cultural Institute
43A W. 13th St., (bet. 5th & 6th Aves.) , New York, NY 10011
TEL: 212-627-0265
sachiyoito@verizon.net

Ninagawa Company’s Kafka on the Shore

July 23-26

Lincoln Center

The Lincoln Center Festival will present four performances of legendary director, Yukio Ninagawa’s staging of Kafka on the Shore, based on Haruki Murakami’s internationally best-selling novel of the same title. The production will be a U.S. premiere and will star Rie Miyazawa, Naohito Fujiki, and Nino Furuhata, leading a cast of 19 actors. Adapted for the stage by Tony Award-winning director, Frank Galati. The play is about the journeys of teenage Kafka Tamura, who flees home to escape his father’s Oedipal curse, and elderly Nakata, who suffers from an inexplicable childhood affliction that stole his memory. As they seek out family and guidance, their paths cross in modern-day Japan.
Location: David H. Koch Theater
20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
www.lincolncenterfestival.org/2015/kafka-on-the-shore

Lecture/Forum/Film/Festival

14th Annual New York Asian Film Festival

June 26-July 11

Subway Cinema

North America's leading festival of popular Asian cinema will showcase 54 feature films, including 1 world premiere, 3 international premieres, 14 North American premieres, 5 U.S. premieres, and 14 films making their New York City debuts. The festival will be attended by 18 international filmmakers and celebrity guests traveling from Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, and the U.S. For curator interviews, see pages 48-49.
Location: Film Society of Lincoln Center
70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

SVA Theatre
333 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011
www.subwaycinema.com
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Special Summer Workshops at The Japan Foundation

July 27-29, August 3-5, 10-12

The Nippon Club / The Japan Foundation

Learn the basic everyday phrases and hold short conversations in Japanese while exploring the culture with the Foundation's three week summer courses. Any of the three sessions; Let’s Make Friends in Japanese, Let’s Hang Out in Japanese, and Meet Japan in New York are a great preview of their Fall Semester Japanese Language Courses. You'll learn phrases and expressions you can use in real life situations, like making friends, going out, ordering food, etc. RSVP by July 20 as space is limited.
Location: The Nippon Club
145 W. 57th St., (bet. 6th and 7th Aves.), New York, NY 10019
TEL: 212-489-0299
www.jfny.org

Events

Japanese Gourmet Fair

June 12-22

Katagiri

New York’s oldest Japanese grocery store, Katagiri, will host a Japanese Gourmet Fair from June 12 to 22 at their Midtown East location. During this period of time, customers can enjoy a variety of Japanese gourmet items. On the 12th and 13th, a sauce maker, Sorachi, will provide free samples of original pork bowl. Between the 15th and 18th, special crab sushi roll and chirashi by a bento maker from Hokkaido will be on sale. Also, there will be a Kurozu (black vinegar) sample sale by Sakamoto Kurozu, Inc. on the 19th and 20th.
Location: 224 E. 59th St., (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.)
New York, NY 10022
TEL: 212-755-3566 / www.katagiri.com

Sweet Potato Shochu Special

June 1-30

Komasa Jyozo, Noodle Café Zen

Casual izakaya style restaurant, Noodle Café Zen, will offer Kozuru Kuro (sweet potato shochu by Komasa Jyozo) for a special discounted price during the month of June. 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 who order any kind of ramen dishes can enjoy a glass of Kozuru Kuro for $5.75 (Reg. $7).
Location: 31 St. Marks Pl., (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-533-6855 / www.zensushinyc.com

Enjoy Sake and Ramen at Kikusui Night

June 22-28

Kikusui Shuzo/ Nishida Shoten

From June 22 to 28, Midtown’s ramen izakaya, Nishida Shoten, will host Kikusui Night. Customers who order any kind of ramen can enjoy Kikusui Shuzo’s nama-sake (unpasteurized fresh sake), Funaguchi Kikusui Ichiban Shibori, for $10 (Reg. $12). Also, there will be a raffle offered to anyone who orders Funaguchi, providing a chance to win Kikusui’s original goods. Funaguchi has a rich, full-bodied flavor with a refreshing clean finish. Nishida Shoten will also introduce their brand new menu “Cold Guacamole Ramen”during the event.
Location: 302 E. 49th St., (bet. 1st & 2nd Aves.), New York, NY 10017
TEL: 212-308-0791

Sake Tastings at Wine Stores

June 26, 27, July 4, 11 and 25

IINUMAHONKE CO., LTD.

IINUMAHONKE CO., LTD., the historic 300+ year old sake distiller from the Chiba Prefecture, is hosting sake tasting events across New York to highlight their two iconic sakes, the Junmai Kinoene Migaki Hachi Wari and the Junmai Daiginjo YU-GA. The former is full bodied with a distinctive rice flavor and goes well with rich flavored dishes while the latter boasts a light and elegant taste like white wine. The two sakes will be served for free for the tasting and offered at a discount if purchased during the events. See their Facebook page for exact tasting times.
Schedule and Location:
June 26: Warehouse Wines at 735 Broadway NYC
June 27 and July 25: Gotham Wines at 2517 Broadway NYC
July 4: Varietal Wines in Manhasset
July 31: Stew Wines in Carl Place
TEL: 646-498-2239 / www.iinumahonke.co.jp
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Meet Japan’s First Major League Player

June 30, & July 1

Masanori Murakami

Way before Hideki Matsui, Ichiro and Masahiro Tanaka, there was Masanori Murakami. As Japan’s First Major League Player, Murakami played for the San Francisco Giants in the 60s. On June 30, join legend Masanori Murakami, author, Robert Fitts and filmmaker, Yuriko Gamo Romer for a discussion on Japanese baseball and Mashi’s role as Japan’s first Major Leaguer. Afterwards, Mashi will meet with fans and sign copies of his new biography- Mashi at Barnes & Noble, Upper East Side, from 7- 8 pm. The following night, July 1, Murakami will meet fans and sign autographs at Bergino Baseball Clubhouse from 7- 8:30 pm.
Location: Barnes & Noble, 86th St & Lexington Ave.,
150 E. 86th St., (at Lexington Ave.), New York, NY 10028

Bergino Baseball Clubhouse
67 E. 11th St., (bet. Broadway & University Pl.), New York, NY 10003

Kyoto's Famous Sweets Store visits NYC

July 29-August 2

Kokage

Kokage Restaurant will host a five-day dessert event featuring Kyoto's 130 year old Japanese sweets store, Nakamuraken. They will offer Shiratama Uji-Kntoki (matcha green tea, azuki red bean paste and rice flour dumplings) Shaved Ice and Rhubarb Shaved Ice. Both are served with Hot Hojicha Tea. The latter is an original flavor only served in New York at this event. The owner of Nakamuraken will come to New York and make the shaved dessert just for you. The shaved ice sets will be served between 12 pm-4:30 pm.
Location: 125 E. 39th St., (bet. Lexington and Park Aves.)
TEL: 212-228-4873 / www.kokagenyc.com

Happenings

Grand Opening Hair Services Promotion

Belea New York

Celebrating its grand opening, Belea New York will be offering 10% off any one hair service, and 20% off any 2 or more hair services to those who mentionChopsticks NY when making an appointmentbefore June 30th. Belea New York is a Japanese hair salon that just opened in Midtown East this April. The owner has extensive experience with doing fashion models’ hair and makeup in Japan and New York, so don’t hesitate to try out a new style.
Location: 239 E. 53rd St., (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), New York, NY 10022
TEL: 646-707-0050 / www.beleany.com

Children’s Summer Intensive Overnight Camp in New York

Hariyama Ballet

This summer, Hariyama Ballet, specializing in the Vaganova Method, will host an intensive overnight camp from July 27-Aug. 13 for children aged mainly 9-18. Children must have some ballet experience. This camp will be an intimate group of students who will take lessons in English. 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., (bet. 5th & 6th Aves.), 3rd Fl.
New York, NY 10018
TEL: 347-451-1801 / www.hariyamaballet.com

Asian Language Summer Intensive Classes

Hills Learning

Hills Learning is offering special Japanese language intensive daytime summer classes. Beginner classes are offered for both Adults and teenagers, while intermediate classes are offered for teenagers only. Hills Learning also offers language classes in Korean, Chinese, Cantonese, Thai, and English, as well as evening and weekend courses year round. Those who book early registration get $50 off (promotion ending June 24). Potential students can find detailed class, instructor, and registration information online.
Location: 380 Lexington Ave., (bet. 41st & 42nd Sts.), 17th Fl.
New York, NY 10168
TEL: 212-551-7903
www.hillslearning.com

Summer Tours for Students to Okinawa and Gifu Prefectures

IACE TRAVEL

Japanese travel agency, IACE TRAVEL is offering 2 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 1-16 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 3-13 or July 22-28. Students will learn about the Japanese way of life through stimulating the 5 senses in a village deep in the mountains.
TEL: 1-800-872-4223, 212-972-3200
www.iace-asia.com
nyc@iace-usa.com

Summer Intensive Japanese Language Course for Teens

The Japan Foundation/ The Nippon Club

From July 6-24, the Japan Foundation and The Nippon Club are offering summer intensive Japanese language courses to provide opportunities for middle/high school students to learn the Japanese language and explore Japanese culture through fun activities. Participants can deepen their understanding of Japanese culture by taking introductory and elementary classes at the Nippon club. To be eligible, students must be in grades 7 through 12 as of fall 2015. The registration deadline is Monday, June 22. Early registration is highly recommended as classes fill up quickly.
Location: 145 W. 57th St., (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY 10019
TEL: 212-489-0299
www.jfny.org/language/course.html

Summer Basic Japanese Intensive Course

Japanese-American Society of NJ

From June 29-July 16, the Japanese American Society of New Jersey will be hosting a 3-week intensive program that teaches basic Japanese (one year’s worth of lessons in 3 weeks). The program includes reading and writing hiragana and katakana, pronunciation, grammar, practical phrases, and basic conversation. The objectives of the course is for students to learn basic communication skills from a native Japanese speaker. Chopsticks NY readers who apply by May 31st will receive a $30 discount. Classes fill up fast, so sign up now!
Location: 304 Main St., (bet. Center and Anderson Aves.), 2nd Fl.
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
TEL: 201-461-5133 / www.jasofnj.com

Judo Summer Day Camp

Kokushi Budo Institute

Fusing together Judo, cultural education and other activities, Kokushi Budo Institute’s summer Day Camp is a 9am-3pm program designed for children 5 to 12 years old. Shintaro Higashi Sensei is a renowned 2 time national champion of judo with a degree in education. He provides all students with high-quality instruction in a safe and fun way. The Day Camp is offered from June 15-19 and June 29-July 3. Daily activities include Judo and cultural lessons (ex: Origami and calligraphy), and for those parents who need it, the institute offers an extended day option for pick ups after the 9 am-3 pm program. Spots are limited so make sure to RSVP for your child today.
Location: 331 Riverside Dr., (bet. 105th & 106th Sts.)
New York, NY 10025
TEL: 646-828-7954
www.kokushibudo.com

$60 Off Promotion: Try New Hair Cut by Coco Omori

Julien Farel Fifth Avenue

Luxury hair salon by French celebrity hair stylist, Julien Farel, is now offering discounts for those requesting a haircut with Japanese stylist and colorist Coco Omori. She specializes in dry cut, she creates styles that can be easily set and manageable. Until the end of June, her haircut is offered at $100 (Reg. $160). Also offered at the same time is blow dry with treatment for $50 (Reg. $100). To receive the promotion, mention Chopsticks NY when making an appointment. Call salon or Coco directly. Coco also does wedding/event hair styling and wig/extension cut.
Location: 400 5th Ave., (bet. 36th & 37th Sts.)
Langham Place Hotel, 4th Fl., New York, NY 10018
TEL: 212.613.8720 / 310-689-6588
www.julienfarel.com / www.cocoomori.com

50 % Off Keratin Straightening

Belea New York

Newly opened in Midtown East this April, Belea New York is offering their keratin straightening for 50% off (Reg. $250 and up) until July 31. This keratin straightening defrizzes and smoothes the unruliest of hair textures. After the straightening, hair is soft, silky, and easy to style for up to 12 weeks. Mention Chopsticks NY to receive this promotional price. Belea New York keeps up to date on the hottest hair trends, and the owner has extensive experience as a stylist both in Japan and New York.
Location: 239 E. 53rd St. (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), New York, NY 10022
TEL: 646-707-0050 / www.beleany.com

Free Brightening Kit for 100 Customers

Sunstar Americas, Inc.

Sunstar Americas, Inc. introduced their new skincare collection called ‘Equitance’ to the U.S. last summer. Their collection consists of six products, including skincare and supplement items. The brand’s brightening formulas are made from balanced herbal ingredients and technology that diminishes the appearance of dark spots and skin discoloration. Until June 30, Sunstar is giving away its seven day trial kit to 100 lucky people who sign up for their newsletter (from the official website below). Don’t forget to enter the sign up code CN515.
www.equitance-us.com

$20 Off for New Customers

Salon Wave

Reopening after renovations in spring 2014, Japanese hair salon, Salon Wave, is offering special deals until July 31. First time customers who receive any service over $65 can get $20 off. All of the salon’s stylists have over 10 years experience and are well known for their coloring techniques, such as their ombre highlights option.
Location: 1029 2nd Ave., (at 54th St.), New York, NY 10022
TEL: 212-355-7399 / www.salonwaveny.com

30% Off for New Customers

Yukie Hair & Nail Salon

Upscale Japanese style nail salon and spa, Yukie Beauty Spa, and hair salon, Hearts New York, have merged businesses this March to create one total beauty stop; ‘Yukie Hair & Nail Salon’. To celebrate its opening, the beauty salon is offering all hair services for 30% off to new customers who receive any services by July 31. Mention Chopsticks NY when make an appointment!
Location: 40 E. 58th St., (bet. Park & Madison Aves.), 2nd Fl.,
New York, NY 10022
TEL: 212-810-6900 / www.beauty-ny.com

Special Stress Release Package

iDo Holistic Center

iDo Holistic Center focuses on holistic therapy treatments, Japanese acupuncture and shiatsu massages crucial for relieving stress and pain. Until June 30, iDo Holistic Center, at their convenient Midtown Manhattan location, is offering their Stress Release Special Package for $119 (Reg. $230). Included is a 30 minute herbal sauna, 50 minute full body massage and 30 min ear acupuncture.
Location: 22 E. 49th St., (bet. Madison & 5th Aves.), 3rd Fl.
New York, NY 10017
TEL: 212-599-5300 / www.idocenter.com

Free Skincare Gift Set Promotion

Dr.Ci:Labo USA

Dr.Ci:Labo is the leading doctor’s cosmetic brand in Japan, continually researching cutting edge dermatology and striving to provide the best skin care products in the world so that people can live their lives with confidence while looking their youngest everyday. Those making a purchase of over $140 in Dr.Ci:Labo’s online shop can enter this special Chopsticks NY promotion code: 8EYXJ at checkout for a free gift set! This awesome set includes Dr. Ci:Labo’s Herbal Gel O2, Herbal Serum O2, Herbal Cleansing Lotion O2, and Aqua-In-Derm Super Essence. Promo code only valid until June 30.
www.cilabousa.com

$99 Triple Vitamin C Facial Special

Spa Karen NY

Spa Karen NY is dedicated to providing stress relief and skin renewal services tailored to each individual’s needs. They offer an array of facials and shoulder & decolletee massages meant to heal fatigue, renew and refresh skin. Until June 28, Spa Karen NY is offering a Triple Vitamin C Facial for $99 (Reg. $185) to customers that mention Chopsticks NY. This treatment is great for fighting saggy skin, improving collagen composition, and preventing sunspots and open pores from occurring.
Location: 15 W. 44th St., (bet 5th & 6th Aves.), 10th Fl.
New York, NY 10036 / TEL: 212-729-3521
www.spakarenny.com / beauty@spakarenny.com

15% Off All Kitchen Knives

Seito New York

Seito New York, carrying more than 100 different kinds of kitchenware, offers 15% off all kitchen knives from June 1 through 30. The knives on sale include high-grade brand, Zanmai. Since its foundation in 1990, Seito New York has catered high-quality Japanese knives, kitchen and home products to both professional chefs and restaurant owners as well as home users.
Location: 4126 27th St., Long Island City, NY 11101
TEL: 718-472-5413 / www.seito-newyork.com

$50 Off for New Customers

Do-in Seitai Center

Do-in Seitai Center, offers Seitai Shiatsu, or “finger-pressure” techniques, to cure body aches. Master Norimasa Suzuki will help remove energy blockages and restore self-healing power to your body. The all natural treatments are based on the thousand year old practice of seitai and shiatsu, and their goal is to cure pain without surgery. The hour-long treatment usually costs $260, and new clients receive a $50 discount for their first visit until the end of July. Mention Chopsticks NY when making an appointment.
Location: 141 E. 55th St., (bet. Lexington & 3rd Aves.), #2E
New York, NY 10022
www.doinseitai.com

Limited Offer: Free 2-Month Subscription to Nikkei Asian Review

Nikkei America, Inc.

To celebrate the launch of the Nikkei Asian Review’s new ‘India 40’ section, Nikkei America, Inc. is now offering a special subscription campaign through Aug. 31. Those who sign up for a new yearly subscription of ‘Digital Print Plan’ during this period of time will receive the first two months free. The monthly fee is $23 otherwise. Customers who receive the Digital Print Plan will have full access to the mobile application, and will also receive the printed issue every week. Nikkei America, Inc. can provide a temporary ID for those who are interested in this trial campaign. Nikkei Asian Review is an esteemed Asia-focused English-language publication that brings insight on business, finance, economics and political news in Asia. India 40 offers up-to-date information on more than 40 of the country’s publicly traded companies; selected based on their market capitalization and growth potential among other factors. To sign up or for more information, contact the email below.
nikkeius@nikkei.com

SAORI Weaving/Fashion Design Collaboration

Loop of the Loom

To celebrate its 10th Anniversary, Loop of the Loom, New York City’s only SAORI hand-weaving studio, hosted a special exhibition called “We’ve Been Weavin’ Together!”, along with a non-profit organization, SAORI Arts NYC, from Apr. 17 to 29 at TENRI Cultural Center in Manhattan. In the exhibition, artworks beautifully made by select New York based designers and people with disabilities in Japan were displayed. This SAORI weaving and Fashion Design Collaboration event was made possible by using the fundraising site ‘Kickstarter’ to successfully raise over $10,000. SAORI Arts NYC aspires to improve quality of life through the creation of a weaving community that embraces individual creativity in each of us and nurtures the human spirit. Also, they offer weaving as an opportunity for building self-confidence and independence for people of all abilities.
www.loopoftheloom.com
www.saoriartsnyc.org

SAORI Weaving/Fashion Design Collaboration

Loop of the Loom

To celebrate its 10th Anniversary, Loop of the Loom, New York City’s only SAORI hand-weaving studio, hosted a special exhibition called “We’ve Been Weavin’ Together!”, along with a non-profit organization, SAORI Arts NYC, from Apr. 17 to 29 at TENRI Cultural Center in Manhattan. In the exhibition, artworks beautifully made by select New York based designers and people with disabilities in Japan were displayed. This SAORI weaving and Fashion Design Collaboration event was made possible by using the fundraising site ‘Kickstarter’ to successfully raise over $10,000. SAORI Arts NYC aspires to improve quality of life through the creation of a weaving community that embraces individual creativity in each of us and nurtures the human spirit. Also, they offer weaving as an opportunity for building self-confidence and independence for people of all abilities.
www.loopoftheloom.com
www.saoriartsnyc.org

Unwind in Summer with Live Jazz and a Healthy Meal

Souen East Village

Every Sunday between 6-9 pm, the organic macrobiotic restaurant, Souen, hosts the veteran Jazz duo, Tatsuya Sakurai (guitar) and Chika Tanaka (vocals) to perform classic Jazz standards and ballads on guitar and voice. While the light hearted music does enhance the relaxing ambience and the dining experience, the duo will captivate you so that you will want to stay for the full three hours. No cover charge.
Location: 326 E. 6th St., (bet. 1st & 2nd Aves.)
TEL: 212-388-1155 / www.souen.net/souennoodlemenu.html

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Digital Perm and Japanese Straightening Deal

T-Gardens

T-Gardens New York Hair Salon is offering their two popular services at a special campaign price until the end of August. Japanese Straightening, usually $310 and up will be offered at a flat rate of $290 no matter what is done beyond the base fee; their Digital Perm will be offered at $190 only instead of $220 and up. Both offerings include cut or treatment. Head stylist, Tatsuya oversees a star cast of Japanese stylists with a lot of experience at his salon.
Location: 328 E. 59th St., (bet. 1st & 2nd Aves.)
TEL: 212-355-0105 / www.t-gardens.com

One Year Celebration with Ramen Special

Nishida Shoten

To celebrate its one year anniversary, Nishida Shoten, a restaurant modeled after a ramen shop from the Showa period, is offering a special deal. From July 13 to 26, their classic White Kakuni Ramen and Black Kakuni Ramen will be offered for $8 (Reg. $10). Their popular White Kakuni Ramen highlights their original homemade noodles, tonkotsu broth made over 14 hours, and house-made kakuni simmered pork. If you like a full-bodied, rich flavor, go for Black Kakuni Ramen, accentuated by ma-yu oil (browned garlic oil).
Location: 302 E. 49th St., (bet 1st & 2nd Aves.)
TEL: 212-308-0791 / www.nishidasho-ten.com

Premium Sweet Potato Sake Special

Komasa Jyozo / Shimizu Restaurant

Shimizu, sushi and shochu bar will be offering Kura no Shikon (premium sweet potato shochu by Komasa Jyozo) during the month of July. 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 Edomae sushi regular assortment and a glass of Kura no Shikon can enjoy the glass for $6 (Reg. $8).
Location: 318 W. 51st St. (bet. 8th & 9th Aves.)
New York, NY 10019
TEL: 212-581-1581

Gathering the Travel Industry's Key Players

Kintetsu International Express (KIE)

One of the most influential travel management companies in the world, Kintetsu International Express (KIE) hosted their 6th annual KIE Travel Showcase this May at the Marriott, Central Park in New York. The industry event drew in a record number of KIE's preferred vendors including 9 major airlines, 40 major hotel brands and global car rental companies, to exhibit their services and products to hundreds of representatives from KIE's client roster.
This unique showcase which allows all KIE’s partners and clients to directly interact with each other has rapidly grown every year since its launch. "The originality of this event explains its tremendous growth each year and what has made this an overwhelming positive experience for both our preferred travel partners and our clients" explained KIE's Assistant General Manager, Bill Sarcona. Kintetsu International manages corporate travel, meetings as well as leisure travel and has six offices in the US and over 272 around the globe.

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