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Passport to Taiwan: Immerse Yourself in the South Asian Island

May 22

Taiwanese American Association of New York (TAANY)

The 15th Annual Passport to Taiwan Festival is organized by the Taiwanese American Association of New York (TAANY). At the festival, attendees can enjoy famous Taiwanese night market foods, a flavorful tea selection, and can purchase unique Taiwanese crafts. There will also be performances of Taiwanese aboringal music and dance. The TAANY hosts several events throughout the year ranging from lectures to cultural performances to promote a cultural exchange with the Taiwanese and New York community.
Location: Union Square Park North, 201 Park Ave S.
(at E. 17th St.), New York, NY 10003

Japan Day @ Central Park

May 8

Japan Day at Central Park is a highly anticipated annual event in spring that celebrates Japanese culture with the New York community. Like traditional Japanese festivals, there will be Japanese food tents, activity tents and stage performances displaying a wide range of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. The activity tents will have origami, yo-yo fishing, kabuki face painting, and calligraphy. There will also be traditional Japanese foods throughout the festival such as okonomiyaki, onigiri, gyoza, and ramen. This year, Japan Day is celebrating its 10th annual event! The Annual Japan Run, a 4 mile run around Central Park, will start off Japan Day with raffle drawings and an award ceremony for the top runners.
Location: Bandshell, Central Park
(Entrances at 69th St. And 5th Ave.)
TEL: 212-398-7145


Innovative Origami Exhibition

April 4-28 FREE


“Innovative Origami Exhibition” will feature new origami designs by three origami artists: Sam Ita, Adrienne Sack and Paul Frasco. Ita, who has published over 20 books about origami, paper planes, and popup books, brings dynamic paper planes with simpler fold designs. Sack is a jewelry and accessories designer who uses origami concepts as inspiration for her designs. Frasco, a designer, artist and sculptor, exhibits large, 3D like animals and dragons made by using the wet folding process and sculpting skills.
Location: 41-26 27th St., Long Island City, NY 11101
TEL: 718-784-3680 /

12th Sakura Matsuri

April 23 FREE

The Japanese American Association (JAA)

The Japanese American Association (JAA) will host its 12th Sakura Matsuri at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Since 2001, the JAA has donated over 200 cherry trees to Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The festival will feature the taiko drumming group, Soh Daiko, the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York, and the JAA Chorus. Also, the Urasenke Tea Ceremony Society will host a traditional tea ceremony. Bring a picnic lunch and blanket and enjoy the blooming cherry trees.
Location: Flushing Meadows Corona Park
11101 Corona Ave., Queens, NY 11368

Uncertainty: Photo Exhibition by Pichan Kietsrichart

May 1-June 30

Astoria Coffee

Thailand born photographer, Pichan Kietsrichart, will have his solo exhibition at Astoria Coffee. As a distinguished food photographer, he has established solid clientele, but his passion has always been in fine art photography. In the “Uncertainty” exhibition, he expresses his interpretation of “uncertainty in life”. Opening reception will be held on May 6.
Location : 30-04 30th St., Astoria, NY 11102

Super Mega x2 Ramen Contest

May 1-31

Naruto Ramen Upper West Side

This May, Naruto Ramen is hosting a ramen-eating contest for a chance to win a $100 Naruto Ramen gift card. At the start of the contest, the contestant will receive 5 pounds of ramen, and when finished, they will receive one more pound. The champion is decided based on who can eat the most in 30 minutes. The challengers will receive free gyoza coupons with various denominations. The contest will only be hosted at the Upper West side location. For more contest details, visit the Naruto Ramen website.
Location: 2634 Broadway, (at 100th St.), New York, NY 10025
TEL: 212-222-0229 /


Kaoru Watanabe New Album Release Event

April 20

Joe’s Pub

Kaoru Watanabe is an innovative taiko drum and shinobue bamboo flute musician who has worked with various talents includingYo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and living national treasure, Tamasaburo Bando. Watanabe’s work combines the timbres and essence of traditional Japanese music with improvisational concepts of American jazz. In his new album “Néo”, Watanabe combines the sounds of old Japan with rhythms and improvisational techniques from around the world. The album includes new interpretations on old rhythms with an equilibrium of melodies and tones.
Location: 425 Lafayette St., (bet. 4th St. & Astor Pl.), New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-967-7555 /

Compilation Album Release and Jazz Live Performances

May 7, June 4 & July 2

Monday Michiru

Jazz musician, Monday Michiru, released her new album, PORTRAITS IN TIME: 2002-2013 from Adventure Music this April. The album is a double compilation CD featuring her works from 2002 to 2013. Celebrating this, Michiru will have a series of live performances, each of which showcases her different side and expertise; jazz, Brazilian music, acoustic sounds, etc. One of the nights will simply be a trio setting that will be her next project.
Location: Club Bonafide
21 E. 52nd St., (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), New York, NY 10022 /

Coppé: New York City Premier

May 7 & 8

Coppé is a Japanese electronic music songwriter who has released 16 albums in the experimental pop music genre, and this year, Coppé celebrates 20 years of her own Tokyo record label “Mango + Sweet Rice”. At the concert presented by SAIKO and Mango + Sweet Rice, Coppé will present fresh interpretations of 20 years of global sound collaborations featured on the double vinyl release: 20rpm. There will be a special guest appearance by Kaoru Watanabe (taiko drummer) and the J-Music Ensemble led by Patrick Bartley (Grammy nominated saxophonist).
Location: Pete’s Candy Store (May 7)
709 Lorimer St., (bet. Richardson and Frost Sts.), Brooklyn, NY 11211

Shapeshifter Lab (May 8)
18 Whitehall Pl., (bet. 1st and Carroll Sts.), Brooklyn, NY 11215


Shodo Calligraphy Workshop

April 24 & May 29

Friends Academy of Japanese Children’s Society

At the Friends Academy of Japanese Children’s Society, where young children through high school aged kids can receive Japanese language instruction, there will be a shodo calligraphy workshop taught by calligrapher, Motoko Yuri. Participants can learn the basic skill of Japanese shodo calligraphy and make original items (mug cup, calendar, and screens) with their calligraphy. Anyone over four years old are accepted for participation. Reservations are required in advance via phone or email.
Location: 310 W. 103rd St., (bet. West End Ave. & Riverside Dr.)
New York, NY 10025
TEL:212-935-8535 /

Introduction to Chinese Tea

May 5, 12, 19 & 26

Tea Drunk

Tea Drunk is a tea house that offers tea drinks, tea leaves, teaware sets, and events about tea craft and culture. Tea Drunk is hosting four consecutive classes on the history of tea, and tea etiquette. Participants will get a chance to learn about the different tea plants and types: Green, Yellow, White, Wu Long, Red, and Black. After tasting the different teas, participants will learn about the tea traditions and how to use teaware sets. Please register for the class beforehand on their website or by phone.
Location: 123 E. 7th St., (bet. 1st Ave. & Ave. A), New York, NY 10009
TEL: 917-573-9936 /

Salon Series No. 55: Japanese Nature Worship and Labyrinth Walk

May 15

Sachiyo Ito and Company

Led by Japanese dance troupe, Sachiyo Ito and Company, and conducted for 18 years, the Salon Series is a series of informative and educational programs developed for deepening the knowledge of the performing arts of Japan through performances, lectures, and demonstrations. The series’ 55th installment will feature “Creating Sacred Space II: Japanese Nature Worship and Labyrinth Walk”. In the event with music and dance, a cleansing and purification rite that creates sacred space will be performed. Later, the audience will have a chance to join the performers when walking on a labyrinth path in a meditative walk led by Ms. Jean Ando.
Location: Tenri Cultural Institute
43A W. 13th St., (bet. 5th & 6th Aves.), New York, NY 10003
Info: /
TEL: 212-627-0265


Speed Dating Event

April 16

Naoko Matsumoto, a certified personal matchmaker and relationship coach, is hosting a speed dating event on Apr. 16 in Manhattan. Participants joining the special one-day dating event will have an opportunity to meet Japanese women. Early birds can register for $100 by Mar. 31; late registration for $125 is from Apr. 1-10.

Karate Dojo Open House

May 19 FREE

Ueshiro Downtown Shorin-Ryu Karate Dojo

Ueshiro Downtown Shorin-Ryu Karate Dojo is having an Open House event. During the one hour event, they will conduct a short class, allowing the audience to get a sense of what a class entails, followed by demonstrations of kata, weapons and other techniques. Appropriate ages are 14 and up.
Location: 107 Chambers St., (bet. Church St. & West Broadway)
New York, NY 10017
TEL: 646-745-6172 /

Kimono Wearing and O-Hanami

April 25

The Kimono House

Kimono and yukata specialty shop in SoHo, The Kimono House, will hold an o-hanami (cherry blossom viewing) event wearing kimono. Kimono experts in the shop will help participants put on their own kimono for free of charge. They’ll also rent a kimono to those who don’t have one. Once all participants are dressed, they will go out for a walk to a cafe nearby, which has cherry blossom trees in the backyard. Share this lovely moment with kimono lovers. Call the shop for details and to make a reservation.
Location: 131 Thompson St., (bet. Prince & W. Houston Sts.)
New York, NY 10012 / TEL: 212-505-0232

Ceramics Exhibition and Sales at Sakura Matsuri in BBG

April 30 & May 1

N.Y. Togei Kyoshitsu

N.Y. Togei Kyoshitsu is a ceramics studio that has been offering Japanese ceramic classes for beginners to advanced students since 1997. They will have a booth at the Sakura Matsuri in Brooklyn Botanic Garden, exhibiting ceramic works made by members. All original items, ranging from tableware to art ojects, are on sale on site. It is a good chance to talk with the ceramic artists as well.
Location: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
990 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225

16th Annual Long Island Sakura Matsuri

May 1

Stony Brook Japan Center

Stony Brook University’s Charles B. Wang Center and the Stony Brook Japan Center will be hosting the 16th Annual Long Island Sakura Matsuri. Stony Brook’s University Taiko Tides will open the festival and Long Island’s own Ryu Shu Kan Taiko will end the festival. This year, there will be a cosplay fashion show hosted by CosplayNY Magazine followed by a screening of anime short films. There will also be musical performances, traditional dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, and more. Throughout the festival, there will be activities for children such as manga drawing and a taiko workshop.
Location: Stony Brook University
100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook, NY 11794-4040
TEL: 631-632-4400


May 5


Japanese style curry specialty joint, Go!Go!Curry! will hold their GO! GO! BIRTHDAY Campaign on May 5, offering Walk (small)-size Pork Katsu Curry or Chicken Katsu Curry for $5 (Reg. $7). Also, those who make a purchase on this day will receive five free topping coupons (one coupon per topping) that can be used on the next visit. Currently operating in four locations in Manhattan and one in Boston, they are opening a new store in Midtown East (235 E. 53rd St.) in May.
Locations: Times Square Stadium
273 W. 38th St., New York, NY 10018

Washington Square Park Stadium
231 Thompson St., New York, NY 10012

World Trade Center Stadium
12 John St., New York, NY 10038
Chelsea Stadium
144 W. 19th St., New York, NY 10011
Cambridge Stadium (Inside of HMART)
581 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration

May 6

Asia Society

Asia Society celebrates its 60th anniversary this year and will hold a variety of events and exhibitions throughout the year. They are holding a one-night event in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on May 6, 6–9:30 pm. Visitors can enjoy free Museum admission and tours, music by DJ Sakaki, and specialty foods and drinks including Korilla BBQ and desserts by Lady M Confections. AsiaStore offers discounts on Asian American designer collections. It is also the last chance to see the exhibition Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan.
Location: 725 Park Ave., (at 70th St.), New York, NY 10021

Serving Ramen at the 3rd Annual Forks, Corks & Cocktails

May 6

Roc N Ramen 914

A ramen joint in New Rochelle, Roc N Ramen 914, is participating in the Westchester’s premier LGBT food & wine show, 3rd Annual Forks, Corks & Cocktails, serving one of his special ramen dishes. Created in 2013, Forks, Corks & Cocktails is an event that gathers the LGBT community and their allies of the New York Metropolitan Area for a night of indulging, social networking, dancing and community. It allows attendees to taste the latest food trends throughout Westchester & Hudson Valley.
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester
3 Renaissance Square, White Plains, NY 10601

Tea Tasting Event

May 14


Kettl is a New York City/ Fukuoka based tea company that is dedicated to delivering high quality Japanese tea. Working directly with farmers and producers, the company is meticulous about every step of the tea making process. Kettl is hosting a tea tasting event at The Brooklyn Kitchen to introduce customers to the various flavors of “Shincha” new crop tea. Attendees will taste tea leaves imported directly from Japan and learn how it is grown.
Location: Brooklyn Kitchen
100 Frost St., (bet. Manhattan and Meeker Aves.), Brooklyn, NY 11211

SUMO STEW 7: Sumo Viewing and Chankonabe Hot Pot Event

May 17

Sumo Stew

Sumo Stew is an event, in which participants enjoy watching sumo wrestling matches in Japan through live streaming and savor special bento boxes, composed of Japanese-inspired dishes from top New York City restaurants. Also served is a hearty, steaming bowl of chankonabe (the “sumo stew” wrestlers prepare and eat before matches) and plenty of beer and Japanese spirits (sake, shochu, whisky and tea). A ticket is $50 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to St. John’s Bread and Life, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and soup kitchen, which serves over 2,500 meals to hungry New Yorkers daily.
Location: Brooklyn Brewery
79 North 11th St., Brooklyn, NY 11249

Shincha New Crop Tea Tasting Event

May 22

Saikai Dining Bar / Ippodo / Kettl

Late spring, from April to June, is the season of shincha new crop tea in Japan. There will be all kinds of incredible tealeaves available for consumers. Saikai Dining Bar in collaboration with 300 years old, esteemed tea provider, Ippodo, and New York and Fukuoka-based tea company, Kettl, is hosting an event serving the best selection of their tea. Customers can enjoy the freshly-picked tea directly from Japan as well as learn the history and backgrounds of tea from the tea experts.
Location: Saikai Dining Bar
24 Greenwich Ave., (bet.10th and Charles Sts.), New York, NY 10011
TEL: 646-838-5599 /


Free Tote Bags Giveaway for Chopsticks NY Readers

Bit’z Kids

Located in three neighborhoods in Manhattan, Japanese kids apparel brand, Bit’z Kids, is praised for their high quality, fashionable and comfortable clothes offered at reasonable prices. Their SoHo location will celebrate their one year anniversary this April, and they are holding a special promotion exclusively for Chopsticks NY readers, giving away their original tote bag to Chopsticks NY readers who pay a visit to Bit’z Kids. The promotion will be held in all three Manhattan locations, and the first 10 customers in each location will receive the free tote bag (one bag per person). No purchase necessary, but don’t forget to mention Chopsticks NY to enjoy the gift.
Locations: Bit’z Kids SoHo
73 W. Houston St., New York, NY 10012
TEL: 212-777-1764

Bit’z Kids Tribeca
275 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10007
TEL: 212-571-0803

Bit’z Kids Upper West Side
410 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10024
TEL: 212-724-1415 /

Chanko Party with a Pro-Sumo Wrestler


On April 1st, AZASU hosted a Chanko-nabe Hot Pot Party in honor of the famous sumo wrestler, Kyokutenho, who retired last summer. Chanko is a traditional hot pot dish eaten by sumo wrestlers during their training. The dish boasts being nutritiously well-balanced and plentiful of toppings, consisting of tofu, seafood, meat and vegetables. The event was held in four separate sessions, each of which lasted for two hours, giving attendees a chance to meet the honorable wrestler while tasting chanko-nabe. The event had a surprise guest, Sachiko Kobayashi, an accomplished Japanese Enka singer and an avid supporter of the Japanese Guide Dog Association.
Location: 49 Clinton St., (bet. Rivington and Stanton Sts.)
New York, NY 10002
TEL: 212-777-7069 /

50% Off on Laser Hair Removal and 75% Off on Laser Facial

Excy Laser

Excy Laser provides laser hair removal and laser facial utilizing Cynosure’s Elite Aesthetic Workstations. Until the end of May, they will offer special discounts for Chopsticks NY readers only. During the promotion period, you can receive laser hair removals, excluding Full Body Package, at 50% off. Also, Fractional Laser Facial will be offered for $300 (Reg. $1200), which is a 75% discount. Don’t forget mentioning Chopsticks NY when making appointments. Consultation before treatment is free of charge.
Location: 143 W. 29th St., (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.)
New York, NY 10001
TEL: 212-695-1888 /

Free Travel Set for First 3 Customers with Keratin Straightening Service

Belea New York

Japanese hair salon in Midtown, Belea New York, is offering a special promotion for Chopsticks NY readers. The first 3 customers who make an appointment for Keratin Straightening Service will receive a travel size keratin shampoo & treatment set for free (Reg. $20). Keratin Straightening makes frizzy hair straight, results lasting for 3-6 months. The travel size shampoo and treatment can be used for after care of the straightening. To receive the gift, be sure to mention Chopsticks NY when making your appointment.
Location: 239 E. 53rd St., (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), New York, NY 10022
TEL: 646-707-0050 /

May Promotion: 20% OFF Konro Grills and Binchotan Charcoal Cases


Since its establishment in 1982, KORIN Japanese Trading has specialized in providing fine Japanese kitchenware to restaurants and home kitchens. Perfect for the barbecue season, throughout May, they will offer konro grills and binchotan charcoal cases at 20% off in-store and at their online shop, To enjoy the offer, be sure to enter promotion code: CK2016 at checkout.
Location: 57 Warren St., (bet. Church St. & W. Broadway)
New York, NY 10007
TEL: 212-587-7021 /

10% Off Asian Beauty Products and Gift Items


oo35mm in Chinatown carries a variety of Asian beauty products and innovative items from all over the world. Particularly, they stock great selections of Japanese and Korean beauty products, from long sellers to most up-to-date items. Perfect timing for shopping for Mother’s Day gifts, in the month of May, they will offer 10% off all products exclusively for Chopsticks NY readers. Don’t forget mentioning Chopsticks NY to receive the discount.
Location: 81 Mott St., (bet. Canal & Bayard Sts.), 2nd Fl.
New York, NY 10013 /

ANA Card USA Double Shopping Mile Campaign


ANA CARD U.S.A. is offering $0 intro annual fee for the first year to new applicants from April 1-June 30. Use campaign code ACU2016 when applying. The card members will be able to participate in the Double Shopping Mile Campaign during May 1-June 30. In the campaign, ANA CARD U.S.A. members will receive double miles on their airplane ticket purchase at ANA website, during the campaign period. For more details about the campaign visit the ANA website.
For application:

Wedding/Whitening Special Promotion

Dental Serenity of Manhattan

From May 1-30, Dental Serenity is offering brides and grooms a full whitening session for $1,350 (Reg. $1,800). The whitening session will include intensive whitening, Invisalign consultation and a smile makeover consultation. Dental Serenity offers a variety of services in dentistry and cosmetic dentistry with flexible payment options with or without insurance. Dental Serenity gives patients individualized care to help them achieve a healthy smile.
Location: 515 Madison Ave., (at 53rd St.), Suite 1225, New York, NY 10022
TEL: 212-858-9266

$100 Discount for Cut and Balayage Service

Hair by MIYU

Miyu Asakawa, hair stylist with over 25 years of experience, has worked with private clients, celebrities and fashion shows. For this May only, Chopsticks NY readers who make an appointment with Miyu can receive a $100 discount on cut and balayage service. Similar to ombre, balayage is a type of highlight technique which creates a natural look gradation.
Location: Ruby 6
204 E. 6th St., (bet. 2nd Ave. & Cooper Sq.), New York, NY 10003
TEL: 917-405-6639 / Instagram: @hair_by_Miyu

Premium Sweet Potato Shochu Special

Komasa Jyozo / Wasan Brooklyn

Wasan Brooklyn, Japanese restaurant specializing in creative dishes maximizing local ingredients and seasonal flavors, will be offering Kura no Shikon (premium sweet potato shochu by Komasa Jyozo) during the month of May. 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 Homemade Pickles or Organic Fried Chicken and a glass of Kura no Shikon can enjoy the glass for $6 (Reg. $9).
440 Bergen St., (Flatbush & 5th Aves.)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
TEL: 347-725-3550 /

Special Event Premiering ANA STAR WARS™ Project

ANA (All Nippon Airways)

ANA (All Nippon Airways), in collaboration with the Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd., inaugurated the STAR WARS™ Project utilizing the STAR WARS™ characters for their promotion. For the first time in the world, ANA flies three special aircrafts with the STAR WARS™ characters from now through March, 2020.
On April 9, ANA invited press, media and VIP clients to the event viewing the inaugural flight of BB-8™ ANA JET (Boeing 777-300ER) at JFK Airport. During the event, guests were able to welcome the incoming flight from the rooftop of an exclusive terminal and bid the outgoing flight farewell from the runway.
Popular character BB-8™, which appeared in STAR WARS Force Awakens is designed on the body of the BB-8™ ANA JET as well as items and props inside the aircraft, such as paper cups, headrests and aprons. The aircraft is currently operated on routes between Japan (Haneda and Narita) and the U.S. (New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Houston and Los Angeles).
Two other aircrafts, R2-D2™ ANA JET (Boeing 787-9) and STAR WARS™ ANA JET (Boeing 767-300), are also being operated.
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