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Japanese Pop Culture Festival Coming to New York!

August 29, 30

AZIX, Inc.

AZIX, Inc. will present a Japanese pop culture festival (Waku Waku +NYC) on Aug. 29 and 30. “Waku Waku”, a Japanese phrase expressing excitement, is the concept of this festival. It will bring anime, manga, music, food, film, and fashion to New York City’s hottest neighborhoods, Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
Exhibitions, panels, screenings, and interactive events will be held at five different locations in the neighborhoods. 13 special guests will come from Japan, including Dragon Ball anime screenwriter, Takao Koyama, Mighty No.9’s director/producer, Keiji Inafune, DJ★TAKU TAKAHASHI (m-flo), and visual artist Sebastian Masuda, the leading figure of the “Harajuku Kawaii” culture. Visitors can enjoy authentic Japanese ramen from KURO-OBI / IPPUDO NY and TOTTO RAMEN, along with other Japanese comfort foods at the food booths.
Tickets for (Waku Waku +NYC) are now on sale. Choose from a single day pass ($45), weekend pass ($65), and VIP pass ($250). Group discount is also available.
Location: Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble St.)
Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave.)
Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave.)
Verboten (54 N. 11th St.)
Transmitter Park (Greenpoint Ave.)


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

Exhibition and Art Therapy Workshop with Sumi-e Painting

July 23 & 24


"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


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


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

Long Live! The School Idol Movie Premiere

September 12

Azoland Pictures and NIS America

The nine ordinary schoolgirls who became pop idol stars to save their school, will now be confronted with a new challenge in their new movie “Long Live! The School Idol Movie”. The popular singing schoolgirls from “The School Idol” anime series will be starring in U.S. theaters for a nationwide North America premiere. The movie will be screened with its original Japanese soundtrack and English subtitles at select movie theaters. Azoland Pictures and NIS America will be giving away School Idol merchandise on the day of its premiere. For screening times and dates, tickets and theater locations, visit


Sake Tastings at Wine Stores

June 26, 27, July 4, 11 and 25


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 /

Free Hakkaisan Sake Night

July 29

Sake Bar at IPPUDO Westside

Ramen hot spot, IPPUDO Westside remodeled its waiting bar into a sake bar. As of July 1, the new bar carries over 30 different kinds of sake carefully selected by their sake sommelier and offers one or two “Sake(s) of the Month”, which will include rare labels, at special discounted prices. On July 29 at dinnertime, to celebrate the opening of the sake bar, IPPUDO will host a Kagami-biraki ceremony by breaking the lid of a Hakkaisan sake barrel and offering a free glass of the sake at the bar.
Location: 321 W. 51st St. (bet. 8th & 9th Aves.)
New York, NY 10019
TEL: 212-974-2500

Kyoto’s Prestigious Sweets Store Visits NYC

July 29-August 2


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

Open House and “Ennichi” Summer Festival

August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23

Tanpopo Preschool

Tanpopo Preschool, the Manhattan branch of Japanese Children’s Society, offers daycare and preschool services for 3 to 5 year old children. It will relocate in August and will hold an open house at its new home every Saturday and Sunday (10 am-3 pm) in August. No appointment necessary. Also on Aug. 15, it will hold the “Ennichi” Summer Festival from 1-3 pm, allowing visitors to enjoy origami, coloring, yo-yo and more.
Location: 310 W. 103rd St.
(bet. West End Ave. & Riverside Dr.)
New York, NY 10025
TEL: 212-935-8535

Japanese Summer Dancing Festival: Bon Odori

August 15

Japan Society of Fairfield County

Japan Society of Fairfield County will be hosting a day full of dancing and music Japanese style. Attendees will learn how to dance the traditional bon odori dance, taiko drumming, listen to Okinawan folk songs, and learn about the history behind O-bon. The festival will take place from 2 to 4:30 pm.
Location: Jesup Green (In front of the Westport Library), Westport, CT


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 /

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

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 /

$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 /

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 /

$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

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.

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 /


Digital Perm and Japanese Straightening Deal


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 /

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 /

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 /

Up to 40% Off Eyelash Extensions for New Customers

I Love Lash

Semi-permanent eyelash extension boutique in Fort Lee, I Love Lash, will open a second store in Tenafly on Aug. 1. Celebrating its grand opening, they will be offering 40% off any new set of eyelash extensions in the Tenafly location and 30% off in the Fort Lee location during the month of August. Offers valid only for new customers, and don’t forget to mention Chopsticks NY when making an appointment.
(Fort Lee salon)
1550 Lemoine Ave., # 212, Fort Lee, NJ 07024
TEL: 201-679-6970

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

Special Discount Hair Services for Chopsticks NY Readers

Ken Shigematsu

New York based veteran hairdresser, Ken Shigematsu is offering a special discount only for Chopsticks NY readers until Sept. 30. During this period, customers can get his hair cut service for $40 (Reg. $70). Also, he offers a type of gray hair dyeing method for $15 (Reg. $30). Unlike standard gray hair dye methods that take about 1 hour, this method needs only 5 minutes to get a natural finish. Ken has over 30 years experience as a hairdresser in Japan and New York, and his expertise is the way he creates a good style on each customer through thorough communication with him/her. To receive the discounts, mention Chopsticks NY when making an appointment.
Location: 123 5th Ave. (bet. 19th & 20th Sts.)
New York, NY 10003
TEL: 646-234-1134

20% Off Japanese Straightening

L.I. Wave Salon

Port Washington’s fine Japanese hair salon, L.I. Wave Salon, is offering the Japanese straightening treatment for $160 and up (Reg. $200 and up) until the end of August. The treatment is a popular method of straightening curly or wavy hair into a pin-straight look. Mention Chopsticks NY when make an appointment. The salon provides all beauty services, from hair cut and styling to shaving, nails, facials and eyelash extensions/curls.
Location: 18 Haven Ave., (bet. Franklin Ave. & Main St.), 2nd Fl. Port Washington, NY 11050
TEL: 516-883-3046

Japanese Whisky Tasting Event for Food and Drink Professionals

Tokiwa Imports

As whisky passion burns hotter here in New York, the attention to high quality Japanese whisky grows. Tokiwa Imports held a special Japanese whisky tasting event on June 23 at Manhattan’s Brandy Library, featuring three Japanese whisky makers, Chichibu Distillery from Saitama Prefecture, Mars Shinshu Distillery from Nagano Prefecture, and White Oak Distillery from Hyogo Prefecture. Established in 2008, an innovative Chichibu Distillery introduced “Ichiro’s Malt- On The Way” and “Ichiro’s Malts-The Peated”. Mars Shinshu Distillery, known as the instigator of the craft micro distillery boom in Japan in the 80s, presented “Iwai Whisky” and “Iwai Tradition”. White Oak Distillery, which has 90 years of history, brought “Akashi Whisky” and “Akashi Single Malt”. With the appearance of actual brewers, the event was a rare opportunity for for those in the food and beverage industries in New York to meet the makers and test their products. All the whiskies introduced at the event are currently available in the U.S.

Gyoza Summer Photo Contest

Ajinomoto Windsor, Inc.

Ajinomoto is an international food corporation dedicated to creating nutritious and authentic Japanese food. Ajinomoto Windsor, Inc. is hosting its first Summer Photo Contest! Take photos while you enjoy your gyoza and submit them through Facebook. The first (1 person), second (1 person) and third (7 people) prizewinners will be awarded with grilling tools and Ajinomoto products. The prizes include a gas grill with side & rear burners for your backyard barbecue and Zojirushi electric tabletop grill. Submit photos using Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. For Twitter and Instagram, share your photo with the hashtag #GyozaTime in the description. For Facebook, submit your photo through our Facebook page. All submissions will be accepted through the month of July. Voting starts in August.

Free Summer Beauty Specials

CiCi Beauty Spa

CiCi Beauty Spa specializes in medical aesthetics and more. This summer, CiCi Beauty Spa is offering two summer specials: two free Body Slimming Contouring Treatment twice for free when customers purchase Deep Pore Cleansing Facial Packages. CiCi Beauty Spa also has the new Laser Genesis Treatment that helps reduce facial issues such as excessive redness, large pores, uneven texture, fine lines and wrinkles. When customers receive a Laser Genesis Treatment, CiCi Beauty will give 6 general facial treatments for free. Both promotions will last the whole month of August.
Location: 234 Canal St., (bet. Baxter and Centre Sts.), Room 211
New York, NY 10013
TEL: 212-680-3526 /

Relocation Special: 50% Off Discount

Dental Serenity of Manhattan

Dental Serenity of Manhattan offers both general and cosmetic dental services which include teeth whitening, orthodontics, Botox, and more. This summer, they’re offering a 50% discount to new patients receiving an examination, cleaning, and x-rays. This promotion lasts until the end of August at its new Manhattan location. With flexible payment plan options, with or without insurance, Dental Serenity works closely with its patient to help maintain the healthy smile, gums and teeth you have always dreamed of.
Location: 515 Madison Ave., (at 53rd St.), Suite 1225
New York, NY 10022
TEL: 212-858-9266 /

35th Anniversary Promotion

Kodama Sushi

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

Renovation Special: Free Martial Art Sessions

Rukasu Budo Dojo

In celebration of its new renovation, Rukasu Budo Dojo is offering 5 free sessions for its newcomers in 6 different martial art styles: Authentic Japanese Budo (Bujutsu), Dakentaijutsu (Karate-Jutsu), Koppo-Jutsu, Kosshi-Jutsu, Jutaijutsu (Jujutsu), and Ninpo (Ninjutsu). This summer special will last until the end of August. The dojo also offers classes in traditional and modern martial arts, self-defense, meditation, health and fitness and more.
Location: 25-38 Parsons Blvd., (bet. Parsons and Willets Point Blvd), 2nd Fl., Flushing, NY 11354
TEL: 347-716-1037

JFC Sake Expo & Food Show 2015

JFC International, Inc.

JFC International, Inc. will hold its annual food and sake tasting event, the Sake Expo & Food Show 2015 at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel. This year, a variety of sakes and foods from over 70 Japanese companies will be showcased. The event will feature wagyu Japanese premium beef and new products from Japan including Kawaba Beer and Fatty Tuna, bringing inspirations and new ideas to your business. Register through their website indicated below.
Location: The Wyndham New Yorker Hotel
481 8th Ave., (at 34th St.), New York, NY 10001
Info: / TEL: 908-525-4400
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