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Taboo: Ukiyo-e & The Japanese Tattoo Tradition

March 5- April 30

Ronin Gallery

Ronin Gallery will present the exhibition “Taboo: Ukiyo-e & The Japanese Tattoo Tradition,” celebrating the enduring conversation between ukiyo-e and irezumi (Japanese tattoo-ing). In Japan, the art of tattooing, burgeoned during the Edo period. As the world of ukiyo-e flourished, irezumi and printmaking became deeply referential, sharing themes and styles on paper and skin. This rich tradition continues today, engaging photography and mixed media into the age-old artistic dialogue.

The exhibition features the works of print masters Kuniyoshi, Yoshitoshi, and Kunichika, which explore the world of tattoo during the Edo and Meiji periods as well as the original paintings and drawings of the acclaimed master of tebori (hand-tatooing) and tattoo art, Horiyoshi III, which offer a current interpretation of this centuries-old tradition. “Taboo” also presents the contemporary art photography of Masato Sudo and the mixed-media work of Daniel Kelly.

Location: 425 Madison Ave., (at 49th St.), New York, NY 10017
TEL: 212-688-0188

Old School Kung Fu Fest: Enter the Ninjas!

April 16-19

Subway Cinema

The Old School Kung Fu Fest, a four-day celebration of classic martial arts and action movies, is back at the Anthology Film Archives for the deadliest fighter of them all...the ninja! There will be serious black-and-white ninjas in original ninja films ‘Shinobi No Mono' Parts 1 & 2 (1962-1963), party-colored crazy ninjas in 'American Ninja' 1 & 2, Cannon’s essential ninja trilogy: ‘Enter the Ninja,' 'Revenge of the Ninja,' and 'Ninja III: The Domination,' and much more. Watch brave Chinese people fight ninjas with their guts in Shaw Brothers movies like 'Five Element Ninjas!' See ninjas fly on kites in 'Duel to the Death!' You must see all the ninja, because to fight ninja, you must first understand ninja. Running from April 16-19, tickets will be available at Anthology’s box office 30 minutes before the first show of the day.
Location: Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Ave., (at 2nd St.), New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-505-5181 / Info:
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Together For 3.11: Memorial for Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami Victims

Mar. 8

Fellowship for Japan

On Mar. 8, Fellowship for Japan hosted Together For 3.11, a fourth anniversary memorial for Japan's earthquake and tsunami victims at the First Church of Christ, Scientist. Led by the group's executive director, AK Akemi Kakihara, the memorial ceremony was inaugurated with a speech by Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi, followed by a series of musical performances, speeches, and video messages. Through the presentations and performances, guests expressed gratitude to those who have supported the recovery and addressed their strong will toward a bright future.
Some of the event highlights were a powerful speech about the loss of her parents and the devastated situation of her hometown from Miyagi Prefecture’s Kyohmi Takahashi, and video messages from children at a preschool in Fukushima Prefecture. The 90-minute ceremony culminated with a moment where nearly 350 participants sang along to "Furusato," a Japanese traditional song about missing one's hometown. After the ceremony, one attendee said, “I was impressed by the efforts and actions of the Fellowship for Japan, which encouraged me to take action.” The memories of devastation and the spirit of recovery were shared and passed down from people to people through this event.


Japan Day @ Central Park

May 10

Japan Day, Inc.

Japan Day @ Central Park is back for its highly anticipated annual event in spring that celebrates Japanese culture with New Yorkers. Like traditional Japanese summer festivals, there will be Japanese food tents, activity tents, and stage performances displaying a wide range of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture.

This year, Japan Day will be host to an array of awesome performances, including a performance by 6 members of the ever-so-popular AKB48, as well as the Japanese Folk Dance, Taiko Drumming, Sword Fighting, Karate, and much more. Those looking for family fun can visit one of the many activity tents, such as the Origami, Yo-Yo Fishing, Kabuki Face Painting and the Stamp Rally tents. Traditional Japanese foods will be abundant throughout the festival, offering delicious Okonomiyaki, Yakisoba, Onigiri, Gyoza, and snacks. It’s a day for fun, food, and culture.
Location: Bandshell, Central Park
(Entrances at 69th St. and 5th Ave.)
TEL: 212-398-7145 /

Shashin: Photography From Japan Festival NYC

Through May 3

Produced by the Tokyo-based Council for Photography from Japan (CPJ) and co-hosted by the International Center of Photography (ICP) and the New York Public Library (NYPL), the 15-day Shashin Festival presents exhibits, installations, performances, artist lectures, films and other events showcasing artists rarely seen outside Japan who represent the elusive, fast evolving culture of photography from Japan.

The Shashin Festival will showcase and explore this provocative, experimental genre through more than a dozen site-specific events, most free to the public including: A 2-day Shashin Symposium at the New York Public Library on Apr. 24 and 25; A performance-based, outdoor event with artist/photographer, Daisuke Yokota on May 2; construction of a giant camera obscura that participants may enter by Takashi Homma also on May 2. In addition to the public program of events, installations and publications, the festival includes exhibitions at many of New York City’s leading galleries dedicated to photography, including: Laurence Miller Gallery, Howard Greenberg Gallery, and Pace/MacGill Gallery, among others.
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VAMPS Live in New York

May 1

Formed seven years ago by HYDE, the front man of L’Arc~en~Ciel , and K.A.Z, best known as guitarist of Oblivion Dust, VAMPS constantly pushes their hard rock sounds with a new essence. The Japanese rock supergroup will come back to New York. Having just released their new album, BLOODSUCKERS (International Edition), in March and finished two live performances in prestigious Nippon Budokan in February, they will go on tour in the U.S. with SIXX-AM, led by Nikki Sixx (bassist from Motley Crue), as a supporting act along with Apocalitica, in 12 locations, starting on Apr. 8 in San Francisco. After the U.S. tour, VAMPS will perform a headline live at Best Buy Theater on May 1.

BLOODSUCKERS includes lead single WORLD’S END, digitally released in England in 2014, VAMPIRE’S LOVE that recorded top 3rd in the Oricon weekly single chart, REPLAY that is used in popular game app, Dark Labyrinth and more. The album reached top 5 on the Oricon weekly album chart.
Location: Best Buy Theater
1515 Broadway, (at 44th St.), New York, NY 10036
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Through May 17

Children’s Museum of Manhattan

An interactive multimedia exhibit at CMOM offers families a chance to step into the iconic streets of modern Tokyo while providing an immersive look into the country’s unique mix of kawaii- and traditional cultures. The 1,500 sq. ft. interactive space features time-honored Japanese places, such as a Shinto shrine as well as a glimpse into the trendy Harajuku district. Kawaii-style dress up, mascot designing, seasonal cuisines and even a Karaoke booth make it fun for kids of all ages.
Location: 212 W. 83rd St., (bet. Broadway & Amsterdam Ave.)
New York, NY 10024
TEL: 212-721-1234

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
Location: 1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C., 20013
TEL: 202-633-4880

Art Exhibition “Jecoration”

May 2 - May 17 FREE


J-Collabo will be hosting an art exhibition curated by Youki Ideguchi, exploring the relations between the history of decorative expressions in Japan and the artworks of New York-based contemporary artists who inherited those expressions. On May 16, former Japanese Art History Professor, Mieko Murase from Columbia University, will give a presentation about Soga Shohaku, a unique painter from the Edo Period that was seen as a madman. Exhibiting artists include Youki Ideguchi, Masaaki Sato, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Pawel Wojtasik and more.
Location: 300 7th St., (bet. 4th & 5th Aves.), Brooklyn, NY 11215 /


WITH LOVE to Hiroshima and Nagasaki: A Concert for Disarmament

May 2

The New York Society for Ethical Culture

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the United Nations will have conferences that discuss revising the Treaty on the Non Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. On this occasion a live concert WITH LOVE to Hiroshima and Nagasaki: A Concert for Disarmament will be held. The performers and guests include the Choir for Hibakusha (victims of atomic bombs) "Sunflower", the choir team of Fiorello H. La Guardia High School, DJ Spooky and Sam Sadigursky with hibakusha Setsuko Thurlow, Keiko Sasamori and Yasuaki Yamashita. Also, Masaaki Tanokura, Concertmaster of Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, will play “Hibaku Violin” that survivied the A-bomb in Hiroshima. Produced by Youth Arts New York’s Hibakusha Stories Initiative and the New York Society for Ethical Culture in collaboration with Peace Boat US, the concert celebrates the activities of atomic bomb victims for world peace and aims to promote disarmament and non proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Location: 2 W. 64th St., (bet. Central Park West & Broadway) New York, NY 10025
TEL: 212-595-7528 / For tickets:

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 /

Barbotte Asai Duo New York Concert

May 2

De Trois Cités Records, Paris & New York

The Barbotte Asai Duo, pioneers of a new genre that integrates Classical and Jazz piano, hits New York on May 2 as part of their first tour in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Kyoto and Kobe. The originality of their musical partnership can be heard at each concert as Masaé Gimbayashi-Barbotte, a Classical Pianist and Takeshi Asai, a Jazz Pianist, improvise in tandem to create a collage of harmonious moments impossible to duplicate. Tickets are $20 at the door.
Location: Beethoven Pianos
211 W. 58th St., (bet. 7th Ave. & Broadway)
New York, NY 10019
TEL: 914-330-6254 /


Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Lunchtime Ajinomoto Co. Seminar

April 23

Columbia Business School

Hiroshi Kaho, of Ajinomoto Co., will speak about the company’s global strategy and M&A strategy, focusing on the Japanese food boom and the growth of Asian food in the U.S. mainstream market after Ajinomoto acquired U.S.-based Windsor Foods in 2014. With more than 20 years experience in the food industry, he is the General Manager of Business and Development at Ajinomoto (one of the leading food companies in Japan). This makes him an expert on the topic of such business management.
Location: Warren Hall, Columbia Business School
1125 Amsterdam Ave., (bet. 115th & 116th Sts.), Rm 311
New York, NY 10025

Career Forum for Positions in the U.S.

May 30

DISCO International, Inc.

DISCO International, Inc., will hold the CAREER FORUM for Positions in the U.S., bringing together hiring managers and recruiters seeking Japanese-English speaking professionals and new graduates, at the Metropolitan Pavilion, North Pavilion on May 30th. Doors open at 10:00a.m. Anyone who can speak some degree of both Japanese and English and is legally able to work in the U.S. is welcome to participate in the Career Forum. There is no registration or participation fee.
Location: Metropolitan Pavilion, North Pavilion
110 W. 19th St., (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.) New York, NY 10011


Japan/America Writers’ Dialogue in Words & Pictures

May 4

Asia Society

Asia Society’s annual conversation between contemporary Japanese and American writers, cartoonists, and graphic novelists returns. They come together for an unfettered discussion on creativity, writing, and translation (curated by the co-founders and editors of the Tokyo-based literary journal, Monkey Business). Award-winning Japanese graphic novelist and cartoonist, Satoshi Kitamura will be in dialogue with award-winning American cartoonist and author, Ben Katchor, and much more.
Location: 725 Park Ave., (at 70th St.), New York, NY 10021
TEL: 212-517-2742 (Box Office)

Cherry Blossom Festival

May 2 FREE

Randall’s Island Park Alliance

Randall’s Island Park Alliance’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival will be host to an abundance of activities and outdoor fun. Taiko Drumming performances by Taiko Kai of the New York Taiko Association, face painting and kite flying are just a few of the festivities. Visitors can also enjoy the exhibition by local Japanese pottery NY Togei Kyoshitsu and learn to make an origami samurai hat, create a pink tissue paper flower, write their name in Japanese in Shodo (Japanese calligraphy), taste cherry blossom tea, and watch as the Park Alliance plants a commemorative Sakura tree.
Location: Wards Meadow Loop, New York, NY 10035
TEL: 212-860-1899 /

Go Go Birthday & Cambridge Stadium One-year Anniversary Promotion

May 5


Come celebrate Go!Go!Curry!’s birthday on May 5. The birthday campaign will be held at all locations. Customers will receive 5 topping coupons. With 4 shops in Manhattan, May 5 also marks the one-year anniversary of Cambridge Stadium in Cambridge, MA, their fifth location in the U.S. and the first outside of New York.
Locations: Times Square Stadium
273 W. 38th St., New York, NY 10018 / TEL: 212-730-5555

Chelsea Stadium
144 W. 19th St., New York, NY 10011 / TEL: 212-255-4555

World Trade Center Stadium
12 John St., New York, NY 10038 / TEL: 212-406-5555

Washington Square Park Stadium
231 Thompson St., New York, NY 10012 / TEL: 212-505-2555

Cambridge Stadium
581 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139
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Traditional Geta-making Demonstration

May 15-17 FREE

Kinokuniya Bookstores

Japanese bookstore chain, Kinokuniya has offered a lot of in-store events featuring Japanese products and culture. This time there will be a rare chance to see traditional geta-making. Geta (Japanese wooden clogs) uses special clog thongs, which allow the wearer to achieve the ideal form of walking. The 3rd Representative Owner of Kuroda Shoten, Shigenori Kuroda is bringing his beautiful geta to NYC for the third time. His geta are made uniquely using vintage Japanese and French fabrics. While watching the demonstration, if there are any geta you like, purchase them on the spot and have the thongs custom fit to your feet. This event will be from 12 pm-6 pm.
Location: 1073 6th Ave., (bet. 40th & 41st Sts.), New York, NY 10018
TEL: 212-575-5052 /

14th Annual Passport to Taiwan Festival celebrates Taiwanese American Heritage Week

May 24 FREE

Taiwanese American Association of New York

Taiwanese American Association of New York will hold the 14th Annual “Passport to Taiwan” Festival, one of the largest celebration of Taiwanese heritage and culture in the United States. Sample foods from Taiwan’s famous night markets. Performers from Taiwan will showcase music and dance representing Taiwan’s traditional and aboriginal cultures. Discover the beauty of traditional crafts made by master artists.
Location: Union Square North


50% Off Minoru Ionic Straightening

Salon Vijin

Minoru, owner of Salon Vijin, first brought Japanese hair straightening into New York and now, the wellness-minded veteran stylist has opened an East Village Ion Beauty Concept salon where all services, styling tools, air and even its walls are made healthier, gentler, more effective with hydroactivated ions. Minoru Ionic Straightening uses negative ions to neutralize straightening chemicals, purify shampooing water and boost hydration for a soft, naturally smooth, longer lasting finish. Now throughout April, the first 10 new salon customers who mention Chopsticks NY will get 50% off this service with Minoru (Reg. $750).
Location: 22 East 1st St., (bet. Bowery & 2nd Ave.)
New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-664-0664 /

Free Ionic Jet Steamer Service with Cut

Salon Vijin

Salon Vijin is an ionic concept hair salon in the East Village that focuses on providing, healthy, young, moisturized hair. Their stylists create sophisticated looks that are modern and styles that are easy to maintain. Until Apr.30, they will be offering free an Ionic Jet Steamer service to the first 10 customers who mention Chopsticks NY and order a hair cut or cut & color. Take advantage of the negative ion effect and moisturize/shine your hair.
Location: 22 E. 1st St., (bet. Bowery & 2nd Ave.), New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-664-0664 /

Creep Perm Half Price Campaign

Shinji 5th Ave Salon

First working at salons in Tokyo, Osaka, Bangkok and New York as a stylist, Shinji opened his own salon, Shinji 5th Ave Salon, in Spring 2014, to showcase his experienced skills in cosmetology. In April, the salon will be introducing their new Creep Perm at a promotional price of $160 (Reg. $320) for Chopsticks NY readers. The Creep Perm is a new type of perm that is less damaging to hair, but still creates solid lasting curls.
Location: 123 5th Ave., 2nd Fl., (bet. 19th & 20th Sts.)
New York, NY 10003 / TEL: 347-580-0606

$3 Green Tea Sampler

Den’s Tea

Den's Tea is a Japanese tea company with over 90 years of hands-on experience in growing and manufacturing Japanese green tea. To introduce fresh and authentic Japanese green tea, they have assembled a Green Tea Sampler for Novices. Included are a wide variety of gourmet tea's, convenient tea filters, and an informative booklet about tea. Great for beginners, the price of the Sampler is only $3. Just be the first to mention Chopsticks NY to them in April!
TEL: 877-336-7832 (Order) / TEL: 310-328-3336 (Inquiries)
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10% Off Discount

Sei Mee Tea

Sei Mee Tea is a certified organic green tea company that specializes in a variety of green tea powders, brown rice coffee substitutes, and other teas. Kiyomi Koike, founder of Sei Mee Tea, developed a fine green tea powder utilizing the entire green tea leaf. She believes that the amplified health benefits from grinding the entire leaf even helped defeat her husband’s cancer. This month, they are offering a 10% off online discount for Chopsticks NY readers with the coupon code "NY10".
Info: / TEL: 1-866-844-9448

Half Price Face Lift Treatment for First Appointment

Corina Beauty Center

Corina Beauty Center values their clients’ beauty ideals. Focusing on facial treatments and makeovers, Ms. Corina Foo believes everyone should look young and vibrant. During the month of April, the first customers to mention this article will receive 50% off Face lift treatment, for $90 (Reg. $180).
Location: 121 Baxter St., (bet. Canal & Hester Sts.)
New York, NY 10013 / TEL: 212-941-7118

Special Gift for the First 20 Chopsticks NY Readers

KSS Beauty Spa

Offering Chinese and Japanese style body massages, French style facials, and other worldly beauty treatments, KSS beauty offers a wide spectrum of services. Reasonable and easy-to-try Eyelash Perms ($38), LED LightStim Therapy ($50), Mole Removals ($10 and up), and Lymphatic Drainage ($68) are just a few of the popular options found at KSS. For the month of April there will even be a Chopsticks NY promotion running there: the first 20 customers to mention this article will receive a special gift.
Location: 187 Centre St., (bet. Canal & Hester Sts.)
New York, NY 10013
TEL: 212-966-9531 /

Up to $20 Off Hot Water Heaters

Kitchenware Central

Kitchenware Central caters a well-curated collection of handpicked kitchen goods and essential appliances to customers. During the month of April, they will offer up to $20 off all hot water heaters of Zojirushi and Tiger brands. The heaters are made in Japan. They have three different temperature settings, dechlorinating and pre-set temperature functions. Available in three-, four- and five- liter sizes, they can be used for 24 hour/ 7 days a week. The store is located next to Paris Baguette bakery. Free parking available.
Location: 1635C Lemoine Ave., Fort Lee, NJ 07024
TEL: 201-886-0003 /
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Chance to Get 5 Free Topping Coupons

Go! Go! Curry!

Specializing in Kanazawa-style curry, Go! Go! Curry!’s Chelsea Stadium will celebrate its 2nd year anniversary on Apr. 25. For one day only, customers ordering any kind of curry dish can get 5 free topping coupons for use on their next visit. Offer limited to the Chealsea Stadium. (Other locations offer 2 free topping coupons.) The 5th, 15th and 25th of each month are set to GO GO DAY, get 1 free topping coupon with the purchase of any kind of curry at all locations.
Location: Go! Go! Curry! Chealsea Stadium
144 W 19th St. (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY 10011
TEL: 212-255-4555 /
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$10 Off Trial Lesson

Hariyama Ballet

Commemorating their studio renewal, Hariyama Ballet is offering a trial lesson for $10 (Reg. $20) to all clients who mention Chopsticks NY. Founded by Japanese ballet dancer, Mami Hariyama, the instructor who teaches Russian method in NY, Hariyama Ballet provides various kinds of classes in English to students ranging from two-years old to adults. In addition to existing classes such as an introductory class for adults, they are now offering new classes including “Intro Ballet” for absolute beginners and ballet plus Pilates, “Ballet Beauty.”
Location: 58-60 W. 39th St., 3rd Fl., (bet. 5th & 6th Aves.)
New York, NY 10018
TEL: 347-451-1801/
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Sunday Special Promotion: New Scalp Deep Cleansing

Shinji 5th Ave Salon

Owned by Shinji, a hairstylist with extensive experience in Tokyo, Osaka, Bangkok and New York, Shinji 5th Ave Salon is now offering a new Scalp Deep Cleansing only on Sundays. By using scalp shampoo, conditioner and tonic formulating cherry blossom leaf extract and red wine yeast, the cleansing service is effective in removing dirt clogged in pores and maintaining healthy scalp condition. For the introduction campaign, the cleansing is offered at a promotional price of $60 (Reg. $120). Also, those who order the cleansing can add blow dry for only $20 (Reg. $60). The promotion continues until the end of June.
123 5th Ave., (bet. 19th & 20th Sts.), 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10003
TEL: 347-580-0606

Premium Sweet Potato Sake Special

Komasa Jyozo / Sun-Chan Restaurant

Popular Izakaya, Sun-Chan Restaurant will be offering Kura no Shikon (premium sweet potato shochu by Komasa Jyozo) during the month of May. Crafted with premium sweet potato 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 Nagoya-Teba (Nagoya style fried chicken wings) and a glass of Kura no Shikon can enjoy the glass for $6 (Reg. $8).
Location: 2707 Broadway, (bet. 103rd & 104th Sts.)
New York, NY 10025 / TEL: 212-749-5008

Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mugs Sale

Kitchenware Central

This month - until May 18 - Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mugs will be on sale at Kitchenware Central, a store that provides a well-curated collection of handpicked kitchen goods and essential appliances to customers. Zojirushi stainless steel mugs are vacuum insulated to keep beverages hot or cold for at least 6 hours, have flip-open lids with a safety lock and a SlickSteel finish interior to resist corrosion and repel stains. They are guaranteed not to leak. 0.36-liter mug will be sold for $25 and 0.48-liter one for $27. Free parking available.
Location: 1635C Lemoine Ave., Fort Lee, NJ 07024
TEL: 201-886-0003 /

Rejuvenation Special Package Over 50% Off

iDo Holistic Center

Located in Midtown Manhattan, iDo Holistic Center focuses on holistic therapy treatments dedicated to relieving stress and pain, as well as providing Japanese acupuncture and shiatsu massages. Until May 31st, iDo Holistic Center is offering their Rejuvenation Special Package for $99 (Reg. $180). The Rejuvenation Special Package includes a 30 minute herbal sauna, 80 minute full body massage and a facial acupressure session. A complete relaxation experience.
Location: 22 E. 49th St., 3rd Fl., (bet. Madison & 5th Aves.)
New York, NY 10017 / TEL: 212-599-5300 /

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 /

Extreme ReOpening Nail Sales

RounGe NYC

Celebrating their reopening after renovations, RounGe NYC is offering some of their most popular services at over 50% off prices: Gel nail $50 (Reg. $120), Acrylic nail $70 ($150). RounGe keeps up to date on the hottest nail art designs in Tokyo, and charges no extra cost for extra beads and decorations! Mention Chopsticks NY to receive these promotional prices, valid through April 30.
Location: 201 E. 23rd St., (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), New York, NY 10010
TEL: 646-707-3504 /

Free Ice Cream Coupon

OOTOYA Japanese Restaurant

OOTOYA Japanese Restaurant recently opened their Greenwich Village location this March. To commemorate this, those dining at the new location can receive free ice cream until May 31. To obtain this offer, bring the coupon on page 29 of this Chopsticks NY edition. One coupon is valid for the entire group, so bring some friends!
Location: 41 E. 11th St., (bet. Broadway & University Pl.)
New York, NY 10003 / TEL: 212-473-4300 /

Introducing New Crop Green Tea Celebration Giveaway


Maeda-en has been bringing premium Japanese green tea to the U.S. market for the past 31 years. During the shin-cha (new crop green tea) season, they have imported carefully selected shin-cha directly from Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan, and this year they will release the shin-cha from the beginning of May. Pre-orders have already begun on 5 items; Oohashiri, Shin-cha Super Premium (canned), Hachijyuuhachiya Select Gold, Shin-cha Genmai-cha and Shin-cha tea bags. Supplies are limited, so it is recommended to pre-order online as soon as possible. In celebration of this new crop release, Maeda-en is giving away the 2015 Gold and Genmai-cha set to 10 lucky entrants exclusively for Chopsticks NY readers. To enter this lottery, write your name, address and phone number with subject “Maeda-en New Crop Green Tea Present”, and email to “”. Entry deadline is May 27 and the winners will be notified with a delivery of the gift.
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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 /

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

Summer Tours for Students to Okinawa and Gifu Prefectures


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

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

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 /

Iroha Nihongo Japanese Classes

Japanese Children’s Society

This spring New York Ikuei Gakuen will present Iroha Nihongo Kyoshitsu Language/culture workshops. They offer three different level classes in two locations, with varying times and dates. The youngest program offered for native english speakers is designed for children in 5th and 6th grades (exceptions may be considered). Japanese culture is taught in unison with the language in order to create an effective immersion experience. Classes are conducted both in English and Japanese at the R/Lingo Learning Center in Fort Lee, NJ. The next workshop/class to begin will be on May 23 - parents are encouraged to call early to guarantee their child a spot.
Location: 2460 Lemoine Ave., (at. 5th St.), #105 Fort Lee, NJ 07024
TEL: 201-947-4707 /

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
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