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Ruri Takeuchi & Eiko Tanaka Duo Exhibition “Microscopic Craft from KAGA 2014”

October 24 - 26 FREE

Sara Japanese Pottery

This year marks Sara Japanese Pottery’s fifth year presenting the Kaga Kutani Exhibition with young artists that generate new traditional crafts. Ruri Takeuchi, the Kutaniware porcelain painting artist, and Eiko Tanaka, wood turning and lacquer artist, will be returning with a greater force than ever before. Ruri Takeuchi works with new colors, and paints animals with vivid expressions on pieces she creates by hand. Eiko Tanaka turns her lacquerware pieces, producing shapes from the sensation and feeling of the immediate moment. Opening reception will be held on Oct. 24.
Location: 950 Lexington Ave., (bet. 69th & 70th Sts.)
New York, NY 10021
TEL: 212-772-3243 /

“World Night Tours & the Genpei Series” by Hideo Takeda

Through November 8

Ronin Gallery

Ronin Gallery carries one of the largest private collections of 17th through 21st century Japanese ukiyo-e prints for sale in the United States. It is currently holding an exhibition of the works of Hideo Takeda, Japanese artist who combines the aesthetics of traditional prints, Western cartoons, and textile and whose work is startling, boldly graphic, often surreal, and subtly beautiful. The exhibition features hand-colored original drawings from the World Night Tours series (2012), and silkscreen prints from his most well known collection, the Genpei series (1985).
Location: 425 Madison Ave., (at 49th St.)
New York, NY 10017
TEL: 212-688-0188

Calligraphy Exhibition by Kinko Kikuchi

November 6 – January, 2015

Nepenthes Gallery

Nepenthes Gallery will be showcasing the calligraphy works of Kinko Kikuchi, a calligraphic artist from Hirosaki-city in Aomori Prefecture. She is most known for her title logos for the year-long epic TV dramas (Atsuhime [2008] and Go [2011]) and company logos and products. The exhibition features 39 works drawn on fusuma-paper (Japanese paper for sliding doors) mainly in Chinese characters and a few in English in a variety of sizes ranging from 9.8 feet by 6.5 feet to postcard sizes.
Locations: 307 W. 38th St., (bet. 8th &9th Aves.), New York, NY 10018
TEL: 212-643-9540



Japanese Cooking Class and Special Promotion

November 23


Japanese restaurant, Wasan, started offering monthly Japanese cooking classes conducted in English this September. Chefs will teach how to prepare four Japanese dishes and useful cooking tips. Celebrating this, Wasan will discount $5 off for Chopsticks NY readers who sign up for the class on Nov. 23, which costs $80. Don’t forget to mention Chopsticks NY at sign-up. Sake and wine pairing is optional for an additional $30 (2 glasses). The menus taught in classes will be changed monthly.
Location: 108 E. 4th St., (bet 1st & 2nd Aves.), New York NY 10003
TEL: 212-777-1978 /


Calligraphic Demonstration + Drink and Snack Tasting

October 1 FREE

Kiteya SoHo

Kiteya SoHo will host an event mingling a Japanese calligraphic art performance and a tasting party from 5-7 pm. Calligrapher, Yasuko Kuboyama’s works will be exhibited in the store from Sept. 28 through Oct. 27, and on Oct. 1, she will demonstrate calligraphic art drawing in front of an audience. Along with the demonstration, there will be a tasting event, featuring two regional specialties; sparkling vinegar drink from Hiroshima Prefecture and curry-flavored rice crackers, “Curry Senbei” from Mie Prefecture. Admission is free of charge.
Location: 464 Broome St., (bet. Greene & Mercer Sts.)
New York, NY 10013
TEL: 212-219-7505 /

Japanese Ghost Halloween Night

October 31


AZASU, an izakaya-style Japanese restaurant carrying a number of cup sakes, will be hosting Japanese Ghost Halloween Night. For this event, AZASU staff will dress like characters from “Gegege no Kitaro,” one of the most well-known Japanese ghost cartoons. On the day, the restaurant will offer three kinds of cup sake from the Gegege no Kitaro series produced by Chiyomusubi Sake Brewery for $15 (Reg. $18) each. Those wearing Halloween costumes will receive them for only $9. On the same day, Sapporo beer will also be discounted, served for $3 (Reg. $7) to customers in costumes and $5 to those without.
Location: 49 Clinton St., (bet. Stanton & Rivington Sts.)
New York, NY 10002
TEL: 212-777-7069 /

Obake Family Day

November 2

Japan Society

Japan Society will be hosting “Obake Family Day: Experience Japan’s Ghosts and Goblins!” on Sunday, Nov. 2. During the event, children of all ages will meet an abundance of babbling obake and humorous yokai through storytelling, crafts, animated film, and a maze-like haunted house constructed in and around the Society’s bamboo water garden. Children and families of diverse backgrounds will be transported to an enchanting world of charming cultural icons.
Location: 333 E. 47th St., (bet. 1st & 2nd Aves.), New York, NY 10017
TEL: 212-832-1155 / For tickets: 212-715-1205

“Tsukemono at Home: The Pleasure of Japanese Pickles” with Karen Solomon

November 6

The Japan Foundation

Karen Solomon, an author of Asian Pickles, will be giving a lecture on tsukemono, the ancient art of Japanese food preservation at The Nippon Club. Karen will also discuss how tsukemono are different than common vinegar and fermented pickles, and demonstrate some quick pickle recipes that will inspire both novice and accomplished picklers to make their own. Space is limited so please RSVP via the Japan Foundation website or contact via email or phone.
Location: The Nippon Club
145 W. 57th St., (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY 10019
TEL: 212-581-2223
Info: / TEL: 212-489-0299

Kabuki Dance and Kimono, Performance and Lecture

November 19 FREE

Rutgers University

Japanese Language and Culture of Rutgers University in Newark, NJ, will be hosting Kabuki Dance-Drama and Kimono, a Lecture and Performance. The event discusses the comparison between a male and female style in Kabuki dancing along with a kimono dressing demonstration and lecture in English. Calligraphy done by students, ikebana flower arrangement, origami and kimono will be displayed. The event is open to the public and admission is free.
Location: 185 University Ave., Newark, NJ 07102
(Dana Library 4th Fl., Dana Room)
TEL: 973-353-5498


$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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Free Gourmet Gyoza with an Order of a Set of Shochus

Komasa Jyozo, Cherry Izakaya

Throughout the month of October, sweet potato shochus, Kura no Shikon and Kozuru Kuro from the distiller, Komasa Jyozo, will be specially featured at Cherry Izakaya, a French-influenced Japanese Izakaya that delights sake and shochu-lovers. If you order a set of each glass of these two sweet potato shochus ($18), you will get free “Shiitake Confit” (5 pieces of mushroom gyoza), which best matches up with the shochus which have a soft and smooth taste and a deep flavor of sweet potatoes.
Location: 138 N. 8th St., Brooklyn, NY 11249
TEL: 347-889-6300

Trial Campaign: 15% Off New Product Cher Blanc


Noritake, a Japanese dish manufacturer, offers 15 % off their new product, Cher Blanc to Chopsticks NY readers. From Sept. 21 through Oct. 31 (5 pm EST), customers will receive a discount when ordering on their website with the entry of the promotion code “CHOPSTICKSOCT.” Cher Blanc is known for its shiny, pure white porcelain and thin, light and durable body. It’s also microwave and dishwasher safe. Customers also have an opportunity to purchase and return items with free delivery through their “Sample Program”. A 15% discount for Cher Blanc items is also applied to this Sample Program.

Newly Launched “Lunch Club” Point Card System

Phoenix Garden

Phoenix Garden, an authentic Cantonese restaurant in Murray Hill, is introducing a point card system “Lunch Club” for take-out and delivery lunch orders this September. Per a lunch order, a stamp is given on a point card and once ten stamps are collected, the next lunch is free. As a special promotion throughout the month of October, Chopsticks NY readers will receive a free vegetable spring roll for lunch orders. Phoenix Garden offers more than 20 different lunch specials from $7.
Location: 242 E. 40th St., (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), New York, NY 10016
TEL: 212-983-6666 /

Instant Noodle Monitor Campaign

Ramen Planet

Ramen Planet, an online shopping website, selling cup-type and packaged instant noodles, Japanese snacks, seasonings and kitchenware, will provide free sample packs for those who want to try instant noodles. On the promise of sharing their experiences with the noodles via blogs or Youtube, the first 12 entrants who send emails to “” will receive a set of instant noodles specially selected for the monitor campaign. Entry deadline is Oct. 31.
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50% Off Special Hair-Care Service

Shinji 5th Ave Salon

Shinji 5th Ave Salon in Flatiron will offer a special autumn promotion from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30. During this period, haircut, Prejume Perm and Linkage treatment Set will be offered for $125 (Reg. $250) for those who mention Chopsticks NY when making an appointment. Prejume Perm utilizes products of Milbon, the Japanese leading hair care brand, to make natural wavy hair and Linkage Treatment features Milbon’s 3-step treatment system that completes smooth, silky, shiny, strong, healthy, moisturized and pliable hair.
Location: 123 5th Ave., (bet. 19th & 20th Sts.), 2nd Fl.
New York, NY 10003
TEL: 347-580-0606 /

20% Off Hair Coloring

Trois Peignes

Trois Peignes or “3 Combs” is a hair salon, conveniently located in the East Village, that offers everything from precision haircuts and perms to hair coloring and deep conditioning treatments. They are also equipped with an organic concept and health consciousness. From now until Oct. 31, they will be offering a special promotion, 20% off hair color. Take advantage of their expertise and allow them to provide you with a pleasant experience from beginning to end.
Location: 150 2nd Ave., (bet. 9th & 10th Sts.), New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-388-9942 /

Shiatsu Massage & Herbal Sauna Package 50% Off

iDo Holistic Center

Throughout October, iDo Holistic Center that offers Japanese holistic therapy treatments in New York City’s Midtown area, will be offering a deluxe full body massage package designed to relieve stress and ease the body and mind for $86 (Reg. $175). The package includes a 30 minute, muscle-tension easing herbal sauna, a 65 minute full body shiatsu massage to target tough knots and areas of stress retention, and 5 minutes of stretching, followed with helpful at-home stretching advice from your therapist.
Location: 22 E. 49th St., (bet. Madison & 5th Aves.), 3rd Fl.
New York, NY 10017
TEL: 212-599-5300 /

Free Consultation for Matchmaking in NYC FREE (MJL)

Naoko Matsumoto, a certified personal matchmaker and relationship coach specializing in connecting professional men with Japanese women, is now offering free monthly matchmaking consultations in New York City. The October sessions are scheduled for the 18th and 19th. At the free consultation sessions, she will help you create your own profile for online registration on Once registered, you can surf exclusive online information.
TEL: 443-470-5750

Up to $60 Off All Brands of Rice Cookers

Kitchenware Central

Kitchenware Central offers a well curated collection of handpicked premier kitchen goods and essential home appliances to customers across the East Coast. During the month of October, essential kitchen items including all brands of rice cookers will be up to $60 off. The knowledgeable owners of this one-stop shop will help guide each customer to find the perfect home solution. Free parking available.
Location: 1635 Lemoine Ave., Fort Lee, NJ 07024
TEL: 201-886-0003

Black Friday& Cyber Monday Sale


Noritake, a Japanese dish manufacturer with more than 100 years of history, offers 30% off all products for its Black Friday Sale from Nov. 26 (5 pm PST) to Dec. 3 (11:59 pm PST) on Noritake’s website. For their Cyber Monday Sale on Dec.1, an additional discount will be offered on select set items.

15% Off All Kitchen Knives

Seito New York

Seito New York, carrying more than 100 different kinds of kitchenware, offers 15% off all kitchen knives from Oct. 24 through Dec. 31. The knives on sale include high-grade brands like Aritsugu and Sakai Takayuki. Since its foundation in 1990, Seito New York has catered high-quality Japanese knives, kitchen and home products to both professional chefs and restaurant owners as well as home users.
Location: 4126 27th St., Long Island City, NY 11101
TEL: 718-472-5413 /

$500 Off Crowns, Veneers and Implants

Dr. Jocelyn Tan-Chu

Throughout the month of November, Dr. Jocelyn Tan-Chu will offer a $500 discount on crowns, veneers and implants to those who mention Chopsticks NY. Dr. Tan-Chu specializes in prosthodontics, implants, cosmetics and general dentistry. She also holds a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from New York University College of Dentistry and two postdoctoral residencies with New York Hospital Queens, being a multilingual speaker of English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Fujian and Taiwanese.
Location: 30 Central Park South, Suite 2C, (bet. 58th & 59th Sts.) New York, NY 10019 / TEL: 212-486-2884

Go! Go! Curry! Selfie Contest


Go! Go! Curry! is hosting a selfie contest from Nov. 3 through Nov. 30 on Go! Go! Curry FACEBOOK. First, “Like” their Facebook pages, post a selfie with your favorite Go! Go! Curry! and tag yourself. The participant who gets the most “Likes” on their original posting will win a free $55 curry certificate. Extra points are also given to those who hashtag #GOGOCURRYSELFIE along with the selfies on any social media, gaining 1 point equal to 5 “Likes”.
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Free Treatment with Cut & Color or Cut & Perm


Japanese hair salon, Rebirth, employs veteran Japanese stylists whose works have been featured in fashion shows and magazines. Owned by stylist, Mr. Ryuji Uchida whose in depth knowledge of Asian hair types involves contemporary styles and methods while also keeping current with trends in Japan. Now you can receive a free hair treatment (Reg. $30-50) with an either a cut & color or cut & perm service. Offer available from Nov. 3 through 7. Take this opportunity to experience fine treatments and gracious customer service the Japanese way. Offer valid for new customers only.
Location: 304 E. 8th St., (bet. Ave. B & Ave. C), New York, NY 10009
TEL: 212-677-1742 /

20% Off and Free Ionic Treatment with Hair Stylist, Hitomi

Salon Vijin

Salon Vijin in the East Village is an ionic concept hair salon fully equipped with negative ion products and facilities. Their stylists create sophisticated looks that are modern and styles that are easy to maintain. From now through the end of November, the salon is promoting new hairstylist, Hitomi. Customers who book with Hitomi will receive 20% off and a free ionic treatment (Reg. $30). Specializing in hair cut and color, Hitomi will help you to reach your full beauty potential.
Location: 22 E. 1st St., (bet. Bowery & 2nd Ave.), New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-664-0664 /

$50 Off Hair Cut, Color and Treatment

Yo-C Salon

At this East Village salon, owner/stylist, Yoshi utilizes the funky & edgy styles of Tokyo, elegance of Paris and aggressiveness of NY styles, to highlight an individual customer’s personality. By paying close attention to the needs of each and every individual, their highly experienced team of stylists can create custom, cutting edge styles with a natural look. Until Dec. 31, they’re offering cut, color and treatment for $200 (Reg. $250). Student discount is also available.
Location: 225 E. 5th St., (bet 2nd & 3rd Aves.), New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-529-0355 /

Pre-Holiday Sale and Black Friday Sale on Kitchenware

Kitchenware Central

Kitchenware Central offers a well curated collection of handpicked premier kitchen goods and essential home appliances to customers across the East Coast. During the month of November, they will hold Pre-Holiday Sale event, offering a 10% discount for those who spend $20 or more on kitchenware items. Also, selected small home appliances, such as hot water pots, vacuum cleaners, and lamps, will be up to 20% off. On Black Friday, they will have a special one-day sale, offering up to 20% off on all items. Free parking available. The store is located next to Paris Baguette bakery.
Location: 1635 Lemoine Ave., Fort Lee, NJ 07024
TEL: 201-886-0003 /

Buy 1 Get 1 Free Beer and Wine and 20% OFF Total Bill

Himalayan Yak Restaurant

Located in Jackson Heights, the Himalayan Yak Restaurant is one of the oldest Himalayan fusion restaurants in New York. A recipient of numerous awards since its opening in 2005, the Himalayan Yak Restaurant has been featured in an episode of the hit ABC series “Ugly Betty,” showcasing the restaurant’s exotic food and cozy ambience. Until Nov. 30, the restaurant will be offering 2 promotions: buy 1, get 1 free beer or glass of wine, and when you mention Chopsticks NY, you will receive 20% off of the total bill.
Location: 72-20 Roosevelt Ave., Jackson Heights, NY 11372
TEL: 718-779-1119 /

10% Off Mobile Router For Travelers to Japan


In Japan, free Wi-Fi service is not as commonly available as in the U.S., and many travelers to the country often have trouble with that. Japanese high-speed Internet provider, Vision now offers reasonably priced mobile router rental service. Chopsticks NY readers will receive 10% off by entering a promotion code “MHS-110” when reserving online. With an advance application through their website, delivery all over Japan, scheduled delivery and airport pick-up become available.
TEL: 81-50-5527-4908 (Japan)

Ishikawa’s Food and Cultural Event

Ishikawa Prefecture Department, JETRO NY

On Sep.30 at Japan Society, Ishikawa Prefecture Department, JETRO NY hosted an event “The Allure of Ishikawa: Where Food Meets Art.” In the event a chef and food ambassador of Ishikawa Prefecture, Michael Romano discussed the food culture of Ishikawa and the first impression in tasting Ishikawa food along with Toshio Ohi, a member of the historic Ohi Pottery family, talking about Ishikawa’s local art and ceramic works from his company. Following the presentations, Ishikawa’s sakes were offered for tasting. The brands included; Kagatobi Junmai Daiginjo Ai (Fukumitsuya Sake Brewery), Organic Junmai Sake AKIRA (Kanazawa Daichi) and Daiginjo Iki na Onna (Yoshida Sake Brewery). Also provided were special products of Ishikawa like potteries. Over 200 guests participated and learned about local cuisines and arts of Ishikawa, which carries on cultural heritage and traditions.
Info: Ishikawa Prefecture Department, JETRO New York
1221 Avenue of the Americas, 42nd Fl., (48th & 49th St.), New York, NY 10020
TEL: 212-997-0403 /

Ninohe Fair in NY Introduced Ninohe City’s Local Specialty and Food

The City of Ninohe

Ninohe City in Iwate Prefecture hosted the second “Ninohe Fair in New York” in October. From Oct. 3-6, several events and seminars were held to promote Ninohe’s specialty including New Yorkers’ favorite Nanbu Bijin sake and high quality Joboji Urushi lacquer ware. During the Ninohe Restaurant Fair from Oct.3-5, EN Japanese Brasserie, Kyo Ya, and SakaMai served special dishes, featuring Ninohe-grown rice and beef served in urushi tableware alongside Nanbu Bijin sake.
Also, at Japanese Food & Restaurant Expo by New York Mutual Trading on Oct.4, the city promoted their products to those in the restaurant and food businesses. On Oct. 6, urushi artists Suzanne Ross and Takuo Matsuzawa from Joboji Urushi Workshop Co., Ltd. held a seminar and workshop on urushi and sake at Japan Society.
Info: (Japanese only)

Shabu Shabu Kobe Tasting Event


KOBE BUSSAN CO., LTD held a tasting event for press on Sept. 15, celebrating the grand opening of their shabu shabu restaurant, SHABU SHABU KOBE in Midtown New York. Shoji Numata, CEO of KOBE BUSSAN and Hideo Sugimoto, president of G.taste Co., Ltd. gave speeches about their future business plans in the U.S., both of whom have formed a business alliance.
With 680 branches of supermarkets and 800 locations of restaurants in Japan, KOBE BUSSAN is one of the biggest wholesale grocery stores. In hopes of delivering authentic Japanese food to global customers, they have opened SHABU SHABU KOBE. With a 180 seat capacity, it serves Japanese dishes using healthy and nutritious ingredients. Their specialty beef for shabu shabu is made tender and rich through their special aging process. Izakaya-style dishes, including tempura, grilled fish and sashimi, are also on their menu.
Location: 3 W. 36th St., (bet. 5th & 6th Aves.), New York, NY 10018
TEL: 212-695-8855 /

Kyoto’s Mayor Visits J+B DESIGN


J+B DESIGN opened a showroom this September in Brooklyn, exhibiting and selling handmade crafts from all over Japan. On Sept. 23, the Mayor of Kyoto, Daisaku Kadokawa, visited the site and enjoyed the current exhibition that includes Kyoto’s Miyabi brand. “Products from Kyoto are crafted with heart. I hope people in New York will incorporate these Japanese items into their everyday lives,” said Mayor Kadokawa. The space is great for Japan’s regional governments to showcase and sell high-quality regional specialties. J+B DESIGN also houses a café inside, where guests can relax and enjoy onigiri rice balls and sweets.
Location: 300 7th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215

Lecture and Tasting of Japanese Local Brew Beer

Japan Society

On Sept. 12, Japan Society presented a lecture and a tasting event on Japanese unique local brew beer, welcoming more than 200 guests. Mark Meli, professor of Kansai University and author of Craft Beer in Japan: The Essential Guide, led the lecture talking about the culture, history and innovation in the Japanese beer industry. At the tasting reception, the guests enjoyed over 20 different kinds of Japanese craft beers from Baird Brewing Company, Echigo Beer Company, Ginga Kogen Co., Kiuchi Brewery, Orion Breweries Ltd., Ryujin Shuzo, Swan Lake Brewing, Yoho Brewery.
Location: 333 E. 47th St., (bet. 1st & 2nd Aves.), New York, NY 10017
TEL:212-832-1155 /

Sake Expo and Food Show 2014

JFC International, Inc.

On Sept. 13, JFC International held their annual event “Sake Expo & Food Show 2014” for the food and drink industry. Over 70 companies, including over 20 sake and shochu breweries participated in the event and showcased their specialties. In the food booths, a variety of food items, from gyoza to desserts, items necessary for running a restaurant. This event is held annually.
JFC International, Inc. /

Japanese Food & Restaurant Expo

New York Mutual Trading

New York Mutual Trading held its annual Japanese Food & Restaurant Expo on Oct.4 at Metropolitan Pavilion. The 21st expo this year was on both the first and second floor, due to increased participating vendors. It provided opportunities for those in the food and beverage industries in the East Coast to meet the exhibitors, test new products and place orders for their restaurants. The expo also featured new products of packaged foods, seasonings and beverages as well as demonstrating shochu and food pairing suggestions and having a cup sake lecture. New York Mutual Trading is a pioneer of connecting Japanese vendors and Japanese items like kitchenware, food and beverages since the 1920s.
Location: 125 W. 18th St., (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY 10011
TEL: 201-933-9555 /
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