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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


Japanese Artists’ Solo Exhibitions

February 3- March 1

Ouchi Gallery

Ouchi Gallery presents four solo exhibitions of Japanese female artists. In “A Thread of Clouds” from Feb.3 through 8, Kumiko Kitasako exhibits illustrations. From Feb.10 to 15 “kiotangl exhibition” by kion. Kalo, illustrator/graphic designer, brings watercolor paintings in “Island of ruins” from Feb. 17 through 22. Finally, Feb. 24 until Mar. 1, “Favorite times of you & Shizuru” features Shizuru’s “kawaii” paintings. Opening receptions will be held each Tuesday in February from 7pm. Gallery is open Thursdays through Sundays, (Wednesdays by appointment only).
Location: 170 Tillary St., #105, Brooklyn, NY 11201
TEL: 347-987-4606


March 5-8


Originating in 2012 in New York, NEW CITY ART FAIR is an art event aiming to globalize Japanese modern art. In the fourth edition held at Hpgrp GALLERY NEW YORK, they are featuring Japanese contemporary art galleries such as POLA MUSEUM ANNEX and introducing Japanese and Asian contemporary artists and art scenes during the period when art connoisseurs and collectors visit New York for a number of art fairs, such as The Armory Show, VOLTA, and Independent. Reception party will be held on Mar. 5.
Location: 529 W. 20th St., #2w, New York, NY 10011
TEL: 212-727-2491

Body and Matter: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Satoru Hoshino

Through April 4 FREE

Dominique Lévy’s Gallery

This exhibition places a group of 23 important abstract paintings made over the course of the fifty-year career of legendary Gutai artist, Kazuo Shiraga, in dialogue with a series of nine works from the 1990s by Satoru Hoshino, a prominent member of the avant-garde postwar Japanese ceramics group, Sodeisha. The exhibition at Dominique Lévy marks the first time their work will be shown in juxtaposition, tracing the thread of the informe—the “formless”—in the radical and poetic work of two great postwar Japanese figures who exploited different mediums and created fresh arthistorical dialogue through their innovative approaches to matter and individuation.
Location: 909 Madison Ave., (Entrance at 73rd St.)
New York, NY 10021
TEL: 212-772-2004


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

Fujiko Enami & Ushio Konishi: Murrini and Lace

March 26-28 FREE

Sara Japanese Pottery

Sara Japanese Pottery will present a duo exhibition of Japanese glass artists, Fujiko Enami and Ushio Konishi. After working at the Chatham Glass Company in Massachusetts, they returned to Japan and established the Ushio Glass Studio. Ever since, they have worked in the traditional Venetian glass technique of Murrini and Lace to create an oeuvre of original pieces. Artist, Konishi, is visiting from Japan and will greet you during the exhibition. Opening reception will be held on Mar. 26.
Location: 950 Lexington Ave., (bet. 69th & 70th Sts.)
New York, NY 10021
TEL: 212-772-3243


Star Jazz Pianist Chihiro Yamanaka & Trio

March 9

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Globally recognized, Japanese jazz pianist, Chihiro Yamanaka, will pair up with Jazz at Lincoln Center favorite, Yasushi Nakamura on bass, and rising star Kush Abadey on drums, on Mar. 9. Four years since the Tohoku Earthquake that affected her hometown of Fukushima and also her 10-year major label record release anniversary, the performance will include a repertoire of jazz standards as well as her passionately composed original songs and beloved traditional Japanese song, Yagibushi.
Location: 11 W. 60th St., (at Broadway)
New York, NY 10023

3.11 Japan’s Earthquake Memorial Benefit Concert

March 22 FREE

Japanese Christian Church of New Jersey

Japanese Christian Church of New Jersey will hold a memorial benefit concert for 3.11 Japan’s Earthquake. The concert will feature Yuri Mori, a Japanese evangelistic singer, Elizabeth Fujita, a violinist, and Ridgewood Japanese Women’s Choir. Admission is free. Donations are greatly appreciated and all donations will be used for supporting survivors in Tohoku areas and their recovory through Japan International Food for the Hungry, non-profit organization.
Location: 120 East Pleasant Ave., Maywood, NJ 07607
TEL: 201-712-9833 /

Annual Gagaku/ Hogaku Concert

March 29 FREE

Columbia University

Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies of Columbia University will host an annual concert of Gagaku and Hogaku, Japanese ancient imperial court music. The program consists of two parts; Part I featuring classical repertoire of Gagaku and Part II featuring contemporary pieces for Japanese heritage instruments. Performers include Mayumi Miyata (sho), Hitomi Nakamura (hichiriki), Takeshi Sasamoto (ryuteki), Masayo Ishigure (koto), James Nyoraku Schlefer (shakuhachi), and Columbia Gagaku Instrument Ensemble. The admission is free. Please register from
Location: 2960 Broadway, (at 116th St.), New York, NY 10027
TEL: 212-854-7403 /


Language Workshop: Travel Japanese

March 6

The Nippon Club/ The Japan Foundation

The Nippon Club and The Japan Foundation is hosting a workshop for those who plan to visit Japan to learn and practice essential vocabulary and phrases in Japanese. Through fun activities, you will learn simple greetings and useful terms you can use at places like restaurants and stores. The workshop also introduces Japanese customs and useful travel information. Space is limited, so reservations are recommended. For more information, visit the website below.
Location: 145 W. 57th St., (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY 10019
TEL: 212-581-2223 /


Together for 3.11: Memorial Ceremony

March 8 FREE

Giving Hope to Japan’s Earthquake & Tsunami Victims

Four years have passed since the Great Earthquake and Tsunami devastated the Tohoku region of Japan. While life, for some, has adjusted to its new forms, 80,000 people still live in temporary housing and miles of coastal land remain desolate. The Memorial Service aims to reignite the support and compassion for those still struggling to regain their lives and homes. Featured speakers include Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi, Consulate General of Japan in NY; video messages from children at Minato Preschool in Fukushima, and performances by Mariko Hata, amongst others. Donations will be made in full to Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.
Location: First Church of Christ, Scientist
10 W. 68th St., (bet. Central Park West & Columbus Ave.)
New York, NY 10023


Chance to Get 5 Free Topping Coupons

Go! Go! Curry!

Specializing in Kanazawa-style curry, Go! Go! Curry!’s World Trade Center Stadium will celebrate its 2nd year anniversary on Feb. 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 World Trade Center 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! World Trade Center Stadium
12 John St., (bet. Broadway & Nassau St.), New York, NY 10038
TEL: 212-406-5555 /
Twitter @gogocurryusa

Special Sale for High-Quality Cooktop

Kitchenware Central

Kitchenware Central is a local business in Fort Lee, which sells quality kitchenware products and small household appliances. They are offering Mr. Induction Cooktop and Radiant Cooktop products for special discounted prices until the end of February. Both products are made of high quality, Japanese ceramic which are difficult to burn out and safety guaranteed. Mr. Induction Cooktop can be used with stainless or cast iron cookware only. Radiant Cooktop can be used with any cookware including ceramic cookware. Free parking available. Store is located next to Paris Baguette Bakery.
Location: 1635C Lemoine Ave., Fort Lee, NJ 07024
TEL: 201-886-0003

$50 Off for All 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 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 $200, and all clients receive a $50 discount until the end of March.
Location: 141 E. 55th St., #2E
(bet. Lexington & 3rd Aves.)
New York, NY 10022

Valentine’s Day Special Promotion for Chopsticks NY Readers

W nails

W nails brings the latest trend, techniques, and technology from Tokyo, the most advanced place when it comes to nail art. The Japanese-owned salon’s technicians have all mastered high-design nail art and can accommodate customer’s every request. It has a variety of cute and gorgeous nail art designs for every season. Until the end of February, cute design nail art suitable for Valentine’s Day will be offered for $ 50 (Reg. $72). There’s only one design but you’ll be able to select different colors. When making an appointment, please mention Chopsticks NY.
Location: 1029 2nd Ave., (at 54th St.), New York, NY 10022
TEL: 212-355-7399 /

Makeup Service and Lessons from its Professional

Salon Vijin

Decades old, long standing Japanese hair salon in New York, Salon Vijin, now offers makeup services. During the month of February, Wataru Hayakawa, an experienced make up artist based in New York City, will provide make up services for $30 (Reg. $60) for first-time clients. Also as a promotion, his private makeup lesson will be offered for $70 (Reg. $80) as well as a complimentary bottle of astringent lotion for those who make an appointment for a lesson for the first time. Wataru is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Location: Salon Vijin
22 E. 1st St., (bet. Bowery & 2nd Ave.), New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-664-0664 /

Offering Special Valentine’s Day Gift Set

J. sweets

J. sweets is an online store specializing in Japanese sweets and confections as well as various regional specialties. Until mid March, it is offering a Valentine’s gift set of Yoku Moku called “Gateaux Secs Varies”. The set contains 4 different kinds of cookies (total of 24 pieces), 2 of them are heart-shaped. Yoku Moku cookie is a delicate, buttery confection made with all natural ingredients with no preservatives or additives.

Complimentary Instant Rice with Purchase

Ramen Planet

Ramen Planet is an online shopping site that sells pre-packaged instant noodles, Japanese snacks, seasonings, and kitchenware. Throughout the month of March, they’re offering complimentary microwavable instant rice to those who make a purchase online. Enter coupon code “CHOPSTICKS” to receive the gift. Also, for those who purchase recurrently, Ramen Planet provides a convenient subscription plan.
Facebook & Twitter @RamenPlanet

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 /

25th Anniversary: Japanese Tableware Promotion

Seito New York

Carrying more than 50 different kinds of kitchenware, Seito New York marks the 25-year anniversary of its establishment this year. Celebrating this, they are offering three bowls for $10 (Reg. $4-6 for a bowl) and four plates for $10 (Reg. $4-5 for a plate) through the end of March. Seito New York has catered high-quality Japanese knives, kitchen and home products to professional chefs, restaurant owners and home users.
Location: 4126 27th St., Long Island City, NY 11101
TEL: 718-472-5413 /

$20 Off Hot Water Heaters

Kitchenware Central

Kitchenware Central caters a well-curated collection of handpicked kitchen goods and essential appliances to customers across the East Coast. During the month of March, they will offer $20 off all hot water heaters of Zojirushi and Tiger brands. The heaters are made in Japan and passed U/L or ETL for safety. They have three different temperature settings, dechlorinating and pre-set temperature functions. Available in three- and four-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 /

Chinese New Year Doraemon Tofu Sweepstakes

House Foods America

House Foods America is holding a sweepstakes as part of its Doraemon tie in promotion. Five grand prize winners will receive an Amazon Kindle and 30 first prize winners will receive a Doraemon (Japanese beloved robot cat character) T-shirt. Visit their website and fill out an entry form. Entry is ongoing through Mar.15 (11:59pm PST) and winners will be notified by email. No purchase necessary. For more information, go to the House Foods America website.

15% Off All Jewelry Items

Color Vanilla

Color Vanilla is a fine and fashion designer jewelry store which recently opened in New Jersey and launched their online shopping. The select store carries brands such as Elizabeth and James, Tai, and Gorjana. Celebrating its opening, the store will offer 15% off all items in-store and online. Mention Chopsticks NY for in-store purchase or enter coupon code “COLORVANILLA” for online purchase. The promotion is from Mar. 1 through Mar. 31.
Location: 1637 Palisade Ave., # 1, Fort Lee, NJ 07024
TEL: 201-535-3377

$5 Off Music Lesson

Starchild Music

With Japanese staff members, Starchild Music offers a relaxing environment where children’s creativity is nurtured through music. They will hold a “Starchild Music Event” on Mar. 7 and 28, offering three classes allowing children to learn rhythm, singing and language through experiences; a Drum Class, a Jazz Class and a Japanese Songs Class. Those who mention Chopsticks NY will receive $5 off a class fee (Reg. $20). Reservation is required by email. The application deadline is Mar. 4.
Location: 44 E. 2nd St., (bet. 1st & 2nd Aves.), New York, NY 10009
TEL: 646-509-0140 /

March Promotion: $1.50 Dumplings on Mondays

Nishida Shoten

Nishida Shoten in Midtown is an izakaya-style ramen restaurant that carries a number of cup sakes in a retro ambience replicating the “Showa-period” (1926-89) of Japan. During the month of March, the restaurant will offer dumplings for $1.50 (Reg. $5) on Mondays for both lunch and dinner. After 11 pm from Monday to Saturday, you can also enjoy a complimentary extra noodle order for your ramen dish. The restaurant is open until 4 am from Monday to Saturday.
Location: 302 E. 49th St., (bet. 1st & 2nd Aves.), New York, NY 10017

Chopsticks NY Exclusive: 20% Off Dinner

Phoenix Garden

Tucked on a quiet street in Murray Hill but with a high clout fan base and a listing in Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand 2015, Phoenix Garden offers a variety of reasonably priced Cantonese style Chinese food to those in the know. From Saturday to Tuesday during Dinner hours, Chopsticks NY readers can get 20% off all regular menu items and 10% off course menu items until Mar. 31. Simply take a snap shot of this page and present alongside your order. Dine-in only.
Location: 242 E. 40th St., (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), New York, NY 10016
TEL: 212-983-6666 /

Celebrating the Legacy and Versatility of Miso

Maruya Hatcho Miso

Founded in 1337 in Okazaki City of Aichi Prefecture, Maruya Hatcho Miso is one of the most storied miso makers in Japan. On Feb. 6, CEO, Nobutaro Asai joined 70 culinary aficionados and industry veterans at the Nippon Club to share the long history, extensive health benefits and rich flavors of this classic Japanese paste through an educational and delicious tasting party. Miso has been a dietary staple for Japan, dating back as early as the Asuka Period (550-710 AD). It is still considered one of the most nutritious, healthy foods that can help ward off cancer, stomach ulcers and high blood pressure while slowing down aging. Beyond the existing positives of miso, Mr. Asai saw the culinary and health benefits of the organics market and thus Organic Hatcho Miso was born. The stronger flavored miso, skillfully made of pure soybean is now available in over 20 countries worldwide.

Expanding United Airlines and ANA’s Successful Partnership

United Airlines

United Airlines, Inc. leaders and the news media gathered at New York’s Japan Society to report on the growing success and recent expansion of their joint venture with All Nippon Airways (ANA) that commenced in April 2011. Jake Cefolia, Vice President of the Atlantic and Pacific regions announced new routes that were added in 2014 including the popular Boeing 777 San Francisco-Haneda route and enhanced the existing three daily flights from JFK and Newark to Narita. With the ever expanding partnership, customers from either airline can equally enjoy the increased convenience and ease of having access to the benefits and flights offered by both airlines. Their increased PR efforts and collaboration with Japan National Tourism Office has also increased the number of American and global travelers to Japan, stated Ms. Keiko Igawa, Marketing Director of United Airlines.

Hosting Hands-on Art Workshop for 50 Children from Shelters in Queens and Brooklyn


On Jan. 31, UNIQLO, the clothing retailer, hosted a hands-on art workshop with the nonprofit Free Arts NYC where 50 children from shelters in Queens and Brooklyn gathered at UNIQLO’s 5th Ave. store on the museuminspired SPRZ NY floor to learn about art and to create their own t-shirts inspired by the artwork of modern artist Keith Haring.

The children, ages 6-12, were paired with volunteers and mentors from UNIQLO, Free Arts NYC and the participating shelters to create their artwork by exploring different artistic mediums. Leah Wolff, Program Educator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), was on site to teach the children about Keith Haring and helped with suggestions and techniques to use while making their T-shirts. The workshop served as an opportunity for the childrens’ self-expression that may not be available for them elsewhere.

Info: UNIQLO Fifth Avenue Flagship Store
666 Fifth Avenue at 53rd St., New York, NY 10103

“Accent on Japan” showcased Designers’ Interior Items in NY NOW

Held twice a year and showcasing home and lifestyle items, NY NOW draws 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and over 80 countries. “Accent on Japan”, formed by the ten independent Japanese exhibitors in 2010 as a consortium, exhibited their well-crafted products within NY NOW’s Accent on Design division. Participating exhibitors included Gallery 91, Morihata International Ltd., Co, Saikai, Aki Ichiriki, Colors, Carmine, Quilt Works & Design, OVO Ceramics, sono. ei and Cheero, whose products had been showcased at esteemed museum stores and high-end galleries. They presented gifts, accessories and tableware from Japan and featured original works from emerging Japanese artists, introducing original, modern designs inspired by traditional heritage and culture.
Info: Gallery 91
91 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013 / TEL: 212-966-3722 /
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