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JAPAN BLOCK FAIR

September 6

Over 20 Japanese restaurants will be setting up booths in the West Village to serve up delicious, classic Japanese street festival dishes such as grilled squid, yakisoba (fried noodles), and fire grilled pork, at the Japan Block Fair from 11 am to 6 pm. This year, the street fair has partnered with ISTOPE Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to encourage and support Japanese university students achieve their entrepreneurial and business goals. Students from Tohoku University will also be participating in the festivities this year and will be offering handmade wooden sake cups, moisturizing tsubaki oil hand-cream, healthy juice made from tomato grown in Tohoku, and many more, all of which are not often spotted in New York City. A variety of Japanese merchandise such as traditional wraps and artisan crafted jewelry will also be showcased. It’s sure to keep adults and children of all ages entertained throughout the afternoon.

Location: 6th Ave. (bet. Washington Pl. & Waverly Pl.)
New York, NY
www.japanblockfair.com

Exhibition

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

“POP x KITSCH x KAWAII” Marico Ishibuchi Exhibit

Through August 28 FREE

Born in 1988, fashion/graphic designer Marico Ishibuchi had a hard time identifying what made her truly original until she came to New York City to study design and was inspired by Steve Job’s commencement speech at Stanford. The “Deal with Urself” exhibit featuring graphic works on T-shirts, hoodies, tote-bags and more, showcases her works that evolve around the concepts of “pop, kitsch and kawaii (cute)” and her efforts to create works that communicate her vision and passions.
Location: Consulate General of Japan in New York, Japan Information Center Gallery
299 Park Ave., (bet. 48th & 49th Sts.), 19Fl.
New York, NY 10171
maricoishibuchi@gmail.com
www.babyponynyc.com

“Migration” Exhibition by Hanako Nakazato

September 3-6 FREE

Sara Japanese Pottery

Sara Japanese Pottery will present an exhibition of new ceramic work by Hanako Nakazato. This exhibition will feature side-by-side works made in both of her studios, one in Karatsu, Japan and the other in Union, Maine. Like a migrating bird, Nakazato travels and works each year in two different countries. This regular shift between her native culture in Japan and her adopted culture in the U.S.A. infuses her work with elements at once familiar and foreign. An opening reception will be held Sept. 3.
Location: 950 Lexington Ave., (bet. 69th and 70th Sts.)
New York, NY 10021
TEL: 212-772-3243 / www.saranyc.com

Home Away From Home 10th Exhibition

September 17-30 FREE

The Alumni Association of Tama Art University NY Club

Home Away From Home (HAFH) is the annual art exhibition by The Alumni Association of Tama Art University NY Club, organization established in 2003. The HAFH was launched in 2004 and this year it celebrates its 10th anniversary, with 25 artists presenting their artworks in this exhibition. A book with the members’ artworks, which was published in its 10th anniversary, will be sold during the exhibition. Reception will be held on Sept. 18, from 6-8pm.
Location: TENRI Gallery
43 A W. 13th St., (bet. 5th & 6th Aves.), New York, NY 10011
tamabinew@gmail.com

Satomi Den Solo Glass Works Exhibit “Race × Lace”

September 18-21

Globus Washitsu KeiSui-an

Satomi Den, a Japan based Korean glass artist, will be holding her solo glass works exhibition “Race × Lace “ at Globus Washitsu KeiSui-an, a teahouse in a penthouse off Union Square. Satomi utilizes a traditional family crest or lace, resulting in her glass works remaining true to her identity strongly, influenced by both Japanese and Korean culture. She creates exquisite black glass art with delicate lace patterns on tea ceremony bowls & utensils. During the exhibit, several tea ceremonies will be conducted by Souheki Mori of Tea-Whisk, who is a Japanese tea ceremony master in New York.
Location: 889 Broadway, PHC (bet. 19th & 20th Sts.)
New York, NY 10003
www.tea-whisk.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

“Robinson (to) Crusoe” Theater Performance

August 28-31 FREE

Theatre Arts Japan

Theatre Arts Japan will be producing an adaptation of Asaya Fujita’s “Robinson (to) Crusoe”, a comedy that deals with serious issues of cultural conflict. The play features two men from Korea and Japan at the end of World War II who find themselves stranded on a remote island. The plot unfolds as the two attempt to communicate with one another, although they speak different languages. Because the nationality of the characters in Fujita’s version is known, the play and the characters appear more realistic; making the lessons learned more satisfying and the production more relatable. Tickets are free and available to reserve on Theatre Arts Japan website.
Info: www.TheatreArtsJapan.org

Tempei Nakamura Piano Solo Live

September 6

Tenri Cultural Institute

Bridging Japan and New York, global pianist and composer Tempei Nakamura will be performing his original compositions in a piano solo performance, and also with guest violinist Hector Falcon, at Tenri Cultural Institute. Tempei started playing piano when he was 5 years old and performed in his own solo concert at Carnegie Hall in 2010. He is annually on tour throughout Europe and also performs in his own project, “Hidden Concert Tour” in the mountains of world heritage Kii Peninsula.
Location: 43A W. 13th St.
(bet. 5th Ave. & Ave. of the Americas)
New York, NY 10011
TEL: 212-645-2800
tci@tenri.org

X Japan Concert at Madison Square Garden

October 11

Live Nation

Internationally renowned rock icons, X Japan, returns to the United States this October bringing their legendarily edgy brand of rock to New York City for one night at Madison Square Garden. Presented by Live Nation, the concert event marks the band’s first show together in 3 years and will feature fan favorites as well as previously unreleased and never before performed music. New York Comic Con is sponsering this event. For more information, please visit www.xjapanmusic.com.
Location: Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001
www.ticketmaster.com/XJapan-tickets/artist/723909

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

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

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

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

Back-to-School Special Gift Event

August 20-September 1

MIKI HOUSE

Japanese premium fashion retailer of children’s apparel, shoes and accessories, MIKI HOUSE Americas, Inc., invites families to a back-to-school event. From Aug. 20 through Sept. 1, customers will receive a complimentary MIKI HOUSE original pitcher & mug set with purchases of $200 or more at mikihouse-usa.com, and their store in Bloomingdale’s 59th Street in New York City. One per purchase, while supplies last.
Location: 1000 Third Ave. (at 59th St.), New York, NY 10022
info@mikihouse-usa.com

Conversation Café Presented by JF Japanese Language Course

September 9

The Nippon Club/The Japan Foundation

The Nippon Club and The Japan Foundation will hold a JF Japanese Language Course Conversation Café, offering a fun and interactive conversation opportunity on Sept. 9 at The Nippon Club. Chat in Japanese with native speakers and fellow Japanese learners over a cup of Japanese tea and snacks. Moderated by a Japanese language instructor, the cafe will provide an opportunity for you to learn about Japanese culture as well as language in a relaxed atmosphere. All levels are welcome! Space is limited and RSVP is required.
Location: The Nippon Club
145 W. 57th St., (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY 10019
TEL: 212-489-0299 / www.jfny.org
www.jfny.org/language/events.html

Shochu“Kura no Shikon” Tasting Event with the Brewer

September 11

Komasa Jyozo / KOA Restaurant

Newly opened, KOA Restaurant will host a “Kura no Shikon” tasting party that features the premier handcrafted sweet potato shochu paired with KOA’s flavorful modern Chinese-inspired appetizers. The concept behind KOA evolves around their healthier soymilk broth noodles topped with decadent meats, spices and seasonal vegetables called SORBA. During the 2 hour event, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, sweet potato shochu, “Kura no Shikon” will be served for free. RSVP to rsvp@koanyc.com by Sept. 7 for your spot.
Location: 12 W. 21st St., (bet. 5th & 6th Aves.), New York, NY 10010
TEL: 212-388-5736 / www.koanyc.com

Sake Expo & Food Show 2014

September 13

JFC International, Inc.

JFC International, Inc. will hold its annual food and sake tasting event, the Sake Expo & Food Show 2014 at the New Yorker Hotel. This year, a variety of sake and foods from over 70 Japanese companies will be showcased. The event will feature wagyu Japanese premium beef and new products from Japan including Musashino Beer, as well as a sake serving demonstration by brewers from Japan.
Location: The New Yorker Hotel
481 8th Ave., (at 34th St.), New York, NY 10001
Info: www.jfc.com/sakeexpo
TEL: 908-525-4400

11th Annual “Joy of Sake” Tasting Event

September 18

The Joy of Sake

The Joy of Sake will be celebrating its 11th anniversary this year at The Altman Building in Chelsea. The event offers an unparalleled opportunity to taste 370 of Japan’s finest sakes in peak condition, many otherwise unavailable in the U.S. All the sakes are featured with sake-friendly dishes created by top New York chefs and restaurants. Participating restaurants will include 15 East, Bond Street, Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Sakagura, Brushstroke, Megu, Aburiya Kinnosuke, Sushi Samba, wd-50, Hibino, Sakamai, En Japanese Brasserie, Bozu, Ramen Lab, and Izakaya Alley.
Location: 135 W. 18th St., (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY 10011
www.joyofsake.com

Japanese Food & Restaurant Expo

October 4

New York Mutual Trading

New York Mutual Trading pioneered the concept of the distributor partnering with the Japanese vendor directly to make new items available in the United States. Every fall they have an annual Japanese food and restaurant expo for trade businesses in New York City to show off their new products in the areas of packaged foods, seasonings, and beverages. This year’s event, which is now in its 21st year, will allow people involved in New York’s food and beverage industries to meet the exhibitors, test new products, and place orders for their restaurants, bars, or stores. The expo also offers informative demos about what’s popular in Japan. This event is for industry only.
Location: Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th St., (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY 10011
Info: www.nymtc.com
TEL: 201-933-9555

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

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

Up to $60 Off IH Rice Cookers

Kitchenware Central

Kitchenware Central has been offering a well curated collection of handpicked premier kitchen goods and essential home appliances to customers across the East Coast. Mention Chopsticks NY throughout the month of September and get up to $60 off Zojirushi or Tiger IH Rice Cookers. Also offered are 10% off other non-IH rice cookers and up to 20% off various other essential kitchen items. The knowledgeable owners of this one-stop shop will help guide each customer to find the perfect home solution. Free parking available.
Location: 1635 Lemoine Ave., Fort Lee, NJ 07024
TEL: 201-886-0003 / www.kitchenwarecentral.com

Speed Dating & BBQ Party $10 OFF Event Entry

MeetJapanLady.com

MeetJapanLady.com, a matchmaking service specializing in connecting professional men with Japanese women, is hosting a Speed Dating event on Sept. 13 in New York City and a Barbecue Party in New Jersey on Sept. 14. All Chopsticks NY readers will get $10 off either, or each of the $50 events. MeetJapanLady.com also offers matchmaking consultations throughout the year in New York City.
Info: www.meetjapanlady.com/nyc
TEL: 443-470-5750

57% Off Ear Acupuncture Special

iDO Holistic Center

Located in Midtown Manhattan, iDo Holistic Center focuses on holistic therapy treatments crucial for relieving stress and pain resulting from city living, work life and muscle strain. Specializing in Japanese acupuncture and Shiatsu massage, iDo Holistic Center is offering their ear acupuncture service for $49 (Reg. $115) throughout the month of September. Ears are full of pressure points that can be triggered with acupuncture needles to promote health, including weight loss and smoking cessation.
Location: 22 E. 49th St., 3rd Fl. (bet. Madison & 5th Aves.)
New York, NY 10017
TEL: 212-599-5300 / www.idocenter.com

10% Off Organic Spa Pedicure + Free Keratin Gloves Hand Spa

W nails

Popular for its Japan-style, gorgeous nail art designs and skilled Japanese nail art technicians, W nails opened its doors this past April in the Midtown East neighborhood. Throughout September, W nails is offering a special 10% off the Organic Spa Pedicure with complimentary hand spa treatment keratin gloves, to all clients that mention Chopsticks NY when making a reservation. The Organic Spa Pedicure includes cuticle treatment, organic spa mask, keratin socks, callous removal, 10 minute massage and pedicure.
Location: 1059 2nd Ave., (bet. 55th & 56th Sts.), New York, NY 10022
TEL: 212-355-3030 / www.wnailsny.com

Free Diagnosis and Complete Examination

Do-in Seitai

Do-in Seitai will be offing a free diagnosis and complete examination of your condition (a $70 value) until the end of October. At Do-in Seitai Center, they offer seitai shiatsu, which is taken form ancient Japanese healing methods, and helps cure your chronic pain in the joints in your neck, back, shoulder and legs. Their goal is to cure pains so surgery is not needed.
Location: 141 E. 55th St., #2E
(bet. Lexington & 3rd Aves.)
New York, NY 10022
TEL: 212-697-9114
www.doinseitai.com

$20 Off Head Spa with Ritz

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, Ritz has over 15 years beauty experience. Until the end of September, customers getting a head spa with Ritz will get $20 off the price. 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

20% Off Services for New Customers

L.I. Wave

The Japanese stylists at the Long-Island based salon, L.I. Wave, use their advanced techniques, honed over years of training, to bring out the individuality of their clients through the styles they create for them. The salon also provides eyelash perm and gel nail services, and its relaxed atmosphere is an oasis of calm. Through Sept. 30, L.I. Wave is offering new customers 20% off any of its services; please be sure to mention Chopsticks NY when you make an appointment.
Location: 18 Haven Ave. (bet. Franklin Ave. & Main St.)
Port Washington, NY 11050
TEL: 516-883-3046 / www.liwavesalon.com

Special, Hands-on Art Events for Children

UNIQLO USA, Inc.

On July 18 in the midst of summer vacation, a global clothing company, UNIQLO, hosted a hands-on art workshop, inviting 40 children from across the city to UNIQLO’s 5th Avenue Flagship store on their SPRZ NY floor. This event was made possible in conjunction with the nonprofit Free Arts NYC and the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS). The children gathered at the store to learn about art, and had fun creating their own art-inspired T-shirts, inspired by the work of contemporary Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama who is featured in UNIQLO’s SPRZ line.

At the event, the children, ages 8-11, were guided through the SPRZ floor and viewed Kusama’s artwork and participated in discussions. Afterwards, the children were paired with volunteers and mentors from UNIQLO, DHS and Free Arts NYC, and enjoyed creating their artwork through exploring different mediums such as sketching, painting and stamping.

Free Arts NYC’s mission is to provide underserved children and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help them to foster the self-confidence and resiliency needed to realize their fullest potential, while the NYC DHS employs a variety of innovative strategies to help families and individuals successfully exit shelters and return to self-sufficiency, and art is a great outlet in which to do so. The project is truly something all of these children will be able to connect with, as art knows no bounds, and there are no mistakes in art. Commissioner Gilbert Taylor of the NYC DHS was in attendance.

Location: UNIQLO 5th Avenue Flagship Store,
666 5th Ave. at 54th St., New York, NY 10103
Info: www.uniqlo.com

Free Shipping Campaign: Super Black Vinegar Supplement

Yazuya, Inc. / PurityHarvest

Kickstart the fall season with an extra boost of energy from Japan’s popular natural health supplement, Super Black Vinegar by Yazuya. Made from mochi-rice using a traditional method that takes 6 months, the rich, aromatic vinegar is packed with essential amino acids known to support weight loss, better skin and overall well being. Yazuya is currently offering free shipping/handling service to those who order Super Black Vinegar.
TEL: 800-828-0895
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