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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.)

www.wakuwakunyc.com

40 for 40: Forty Masterpieces Celebrating 40 Years

September 15 to October 17 FREE

Ronin Gallery

In honor of its 40th anniversary, Ronin Gallery is hosting a special exhibition displaying the works of 40 master artists. Known to have the largest private collection of 17th-21st Century Japanese prints in the United States, the gallery’s “40 for 40: Forty Masterpieces” exhibition will display 335 years of Japanese woodblock printing, ukiyo-e. The ukiyo-e is specifically used to reflect the beauty and pleasures in its intricate artistic process that reflects Japanese society and its culture. The exhibition traces the development of the Japanese woodblock print from the first ukiyo-e print artists to today’s contemporary masters.

Location: 425 Madison Ave., (at 49th St.)
New York, NY 10017
Info: www.roningallery.com

Exhibition

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 asia.si.edu/cherryblossom.
Location: 1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C., 20013
TEL: 202-633-4880

5 Japanese Artists’ Solo Exhibitions

September 1-October 4 FREE

Ouchi Gallery

Called “Head Artist”, Masanori Yahiro creates collages, paintings and objects based on the theme of head and body. His exhibition titled, “BOUQUETS” will be held from Sept. 1-6. Maiko Sato is a Palau based painter, creating cubism style works. From Sept. 8-13, she’ll exhibit her works titled, “RIPPLES”. Sayaka Sato creates acrylic paintings from her wheelchair because she’s been disabled due to a traffic accident that happened at the age of 17. Her works reflecting her fulfilled existence will be on display in the exhibition, “Existence” from Sept. 15-20. YOTARO will show his illustrations with stylized graphics in “ATMOSPHERE” from Sept. 22-27. “Arts for 60 billion.” is an exhibition by ABCD I II III, who has brought his schizophrenic symptoms to art. His exhibition takes place from Sept. 29-Oct. 4.
Location: 170 Tillary St., Suite 105, Brooklyn, NY 11201
TEL: 347-987-4606

Calligraphy of Buddhist Sermons by Reverend Tokuo Hayasaki – Praying for Peace & World Harmony-

September 10-16 FREE

The Nippon Gallery

The Nippon Gallery will present the calligraphy exhibit of Buddhist Sermons by renowned Japanese calligrapher, Reverend Tokuo Hayasaki, “Prayer for Peace and Restful Life”. Buddhist sermons, known as hogo in Japanese, express morals and philosophy for life and are often displayed in hanging scrolls and frames in rooms in Japan. This very rare collection of the calligraphic works of Buddhism words and phrases is Reverend Hayasaki’s first exhibit outside Japan. This exhibit will pay tribute to the 9/11 victims. The demonstration and talk will take place on Sept. 11.
Location: 145 W. 57th St., (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.), 7th Fl.
New York, NY 10019 / TEL: 212-581-2223

Daisuke Kiyomiya Solo Exhibition

September 13-October 2 FREE

MAKARI Japanese Antiques and Fine Art

MAKARI Japanese Anti-ques and Fine Art will host a solo exhibition of New York based Japanese artist, Daisuke Kiyomiya. With an architecture and interior design background, his wood carving sculptures and ceramic artworks look geometric while reflecting delicate communication between his psyche and the universe surrounding it. Opening reception will be held on Sept. 17 from 6-8 pm.
Location: 97 3rd Ave., (bet. 12th & 13th Sts.), New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-995-5888 / www.themakari.com

Performance

Jazz Lives featuring Japanese Singers, Mari Koga and Yuka Mito

September 9 & 16

Jazz at KITANO

Located on the lobby level of The Kitano Hotel New York, Jazz at KITANO offers world class jazz entertainment every Monday through Saturday evening. During the month of September, they will feature two Japanese singers, Mari Koga on the 9th and Yuka Mito on the 16th. Nominated as the Best Latin Jazz Vocalist by the Latin Corner, Koga will perform original songs and unique arrangements of jazz standards. Mito will charm the audience with her signature, soulful voice. At Jazz at KITANO, you’ll be indulging in a jazzy time while savoring Kitano’s contemporary American cuisine with Pan Asian influences.
Location: 66 Park Ave., (at 38th St.), New York, NY 10016
TEL: 212-885-7119 / www.kitano.com/jazz-schedule

Traditional Dance from Okinawa with Live Music

September 18 & 19

Japan Society

A warm breeze from Okinawa opens the season with traditional dance from Japan’s southern islands. A group of leading dancers and musicians, who are also alumni and faculty members of the prestigious Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, perform refined court dances developed during the period when Okinawa was an independent kingdom (Ryukyu Kingdom, 15th-19th centuries), and playful folk dances (zo odori) that became popular after the end of the Ryukyu Kingdom. A stunning array of works depicting idyllic life on the islands, accompanied by seven musicians including instrumentalists and chanters, takes audiences on a trip through the rich history and culture of the archipelago. A pre-performance lecture begins at 6:30 pm prior to each performance starting at 7:30 pm.
Location: 333 E. 47th St., (bet. 1st & 2nd Aves.), New York, NY 10017
TEL: 212-832-1155 / www.japansociety.org

Lecture/Forum/Film/Festival

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 www.azolandpictures.com/lovelive

Events

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
www.japaneseschool.org

Conversation Café Presented by JF Japanese Language Course

September 10

The Nippon Club/The Japan Foundation

The Nippon Club and The Japan Foundation will hold a JF Japanese Language Course Conversation Café, offering a fun and interactive conversation opportunity on Sept. 10 at The Nippon Club. Chat in Japanese with native speakers and fellow Japanese learners over a cup of Japanese tea and snacks. Moderated by a Japanese language instructor, the cafe will provide an opportunity for you to learn about Japanese culture as well as language in a relaxed atmosphere. All levels are welcome! Space is limited and RSVP is required.
Location: The Nippon Club
145 W. 57th St., (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY 10019
TEL: 212-489-0299 / www.jfny.org
www.jfny.org/language/events.html

The Internet Yami-Ichi

September 12

Originating in Tokyo in 2012, the Internet Yami-Ichi is a free-to-attend flea market where people exchange “Internet-ish” things face-to-face. Organized by IDPW, exonemo, Chris Romero, and Eri Takane, the New York edition of the Internet Yami-Ichi will be the first in the United States, and the largest yet. Over 100 vendors will gather at Knockdown Center, a 50,000 square foot former door factory- turned arts space in Maspeth, Queens. Vendors include New York artists Cory Arcangel and Rafaël Rozendaal, participants from Japan including IDPW and Fantasista Utamaro, locals, family members, creative technologists, and more. The event is a celebration of the Internet, bringing various communities and cultures together.
Info: yami-ichi.biz/nyc

Experience Thailand 2015

September 13

Royal Thai Consulate General-New York

Experience Thailand 2015 is a cultural event where everyone can learn about Thailand’s art and culture through its colorful, artistic exhibitions and fashion show hosted by Thai designers in New York City. Attendees can also enjoy watching dance performances, Muay Thai demos, and cooking demonstrations by celebrated Thai chefs. Guests can also taste renowned flavors of Pad Thai, Papaya Salad, Spicy Noodles, Mango with Sticky Rice and more from NYC’s Thai restaurants.
Location: Union Square Park
Info: TEL: 212-754-2536 / info@thaicgny.com

Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

September 19

Mid-Autumn Moon Family Festival

Join MOCA in celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon festival! Attendees can learn about the origins of the harvest festival and explore its customs and traditions. MOCA’s family program includes activities for children including moon-themed arts and crafts and moon cake tasting! MOCA will also host performances, and all the activities will be centered around the holiday and its folk traditions so everyone can learn in a fun, interactive environment.
Location: 215 Centre St., (bet. Howard & Grand Sts.)
New York, NY 10013 / www.mocanyc.org
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Japanese Food & Restaurant Expo

October 31

New York Mutual Trading

New York Mutual Trading pioneered the concept of distributor partnering with Japanese suppliers directly, to make new items available in the United States. Every fall they have an annual Japanese Food & Restaurant Expo for trade businesses in New York City to show off their new products in the areas of ingredients, alcoholic beverages, and kitchenware. This year’s event, which is now in its 22nd year, will allow people involved in New York’s food and beverage industries to meet 90 exhibitors, test new products, and place orders for their restaurants, bars, or stores. The expo also offers informative demos by well-known chefs from restaurants in New York. This event is for industry only.
Location: Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th St., (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY 10011
TEL: 201-933-9555 / www.nymtc.com
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Happenings

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.
nikkeius@nikkei.com

Digital Perm and Japanese Straightening Deal

T-Gardens

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 / www.t-gardens.com

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.
Location:
(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
www.ilovelashusa.com

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
www.liwavesalon.com

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.

www.nymtc.com
www.domaineselect.com

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.
Info: www.facebook.com/AjinomotoTaste
www.twitter.com/ajinomoto
www.instagram.com/myajinomoto

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 / www.cicibeautyspa.com

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 / www.dentalserenity.us

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
www.rukasubudodojo.com

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: www.jfc.com/sakeexpo / TEL: 908-525-4400

Relocation Campaign--Free Language Assessment

Hills Learning

Hills Learning specializes in teaching Asian languages, such as Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai and more. At the end of August, they relocated to one block west of the previous location, with more classrooms. The new location is still quite close from Grand Central station and can accommodate a growing number of students. At the new location, Hills Learning is offering free assessments for new applicants to evaluate their current skills for appropriate class placement. The offer ends at the end of October.
Location: 50 E. 42nd St., (at Madison Ave.), Suite 900
New York, NY 10017
TEL: 212-551-7903 / www.hillslearning.com

Labor Day Special--Discount on Carbonate Head Spa

Belea New York

Opened this April in Midtown East, Belea New York constantly explores the most current styles and up to date products and services. It is introducing Carbonate Head Spa service in September, which takes advantage of the power of super fine carbonated foam that can remove unwanted oil, dirt and odor. Before the treatment, they check your scalp condition with a digital microscope. For three days, Sept. 5-7, they will offer this head spa for $50 (Reg. $80) for those who order a hair cut. Freshen up your damaged scalp from sunburn and sweat during summer and reset for autumn.
Location: 239 E. 53rd St., (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.)
New York, NY 10022
TEL: 646-707-0050 / www.beleany.com

Up to 25% Off Kitchen and Tableware for the 25th Anniversary

Seito Trading

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of its foundation, Seito Trading, a kitchenware wholesaler and retailer, will hold promotions during the month of October. From Oct. 1-10, all chinaware, glassware, melamine and gift items will be offered at 25% off. (Excludes restaurant supplies and knives). From Oct. 1-31, all knives will be 15% off. Also, during the month of October, customers who purchase more than $100 at their store in Queens will have a chance to enter the sweepstakes. Prizes are Zanmai Santoku (1st prize) and Zanmai petty knife (2nd prize).
Location: 41-26 27th St., Queens, NY 11101
TEL: 718-472-5413 / www.seito-newyork.com

Free Gift with Sweet Snacks For Chopsticks NY Readers

Minamoto Kitchoan

Wagashi (traditional Japanese confectionary) specialty store, Minamoto Kitchoan, introduces seasonal flavors every month. It celebrates the month of the harvest moon by featuring two sweets, Geppei (full moonshape cake stuffed with a variety of sweet fillings) and Usagi-san (rabbit-shape cake stuffed with yuzu flavored sweet bean paste). Chopsticks NY readers who make a purchase at the storefront will receive a gift with sweet snacks. Don’t forget to mention Chopsticks NY to receive this offer that will end at the end of September.
Location: 509 Madison Ave., (bet. 52nd & 53rd Sts.)
New York, NY 10022 / TEL: 212-489-3747

595 River Rd., (In Mitsuwa Marketplace), Edgewater, NJ 07020
TEL: 201-313-9335 / www.kitchoan.com

Special Drink Deals on Weekdays and Weekends

Honshu

Opened in the heart of Jersey City in 2005, Honshu has been a locals’ favorite Japanese restaurant for over a decade. It recently relocated to a new corner, a few blocks away from its former home. The new Honshu has more dining space with a bar counter and a terrace with 165 capacity in total. Celebrating this relocation they’re offering, “Buy 1 Sapporo draft beer and get 1 free” at dinnertime on weekdays, and “Buy 1 any draft beer and get 1 free” for dinnertime on weekends. The promotions last until the end of September.
Location: 95 Greene St., (at York St.), Jersey City, NJ 07302
TEL: 201-324-2788 / www.honshulounge.com

Relax and Heal Your Body with Reflexology

Tosh Hair Supreme

Spearheaded by Toshi, veteran hairstylist with over 35 years of experience, Tosh Hair Supreme offers quality hair services, Japanese style facial massages and reflexology at the Fort Lee Plaza. They currently offer reflexology for $28 (Reg. $35) until the end of September. Mention Chopsticks NY to receive the discount.
Location: 1550 Lemoine Ave., Fort Lee, NJ 07024
TEL: 201-461-3637 / www.toshhair.com

Free Tote Bag for New Students

Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center

Kaoru Watanabe is a Brooklyn based taiko and shinobue flute performer, composer and educator. After acting as performer and artistic director for the iconic Japanese taiko group KODO for close to a decade, Watanabe opened the Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center to promote and preserve the traditional art of Japanese drumming. For anyone interested in learning, Watanabe will be teaching the art of taiko drumming and the shinobue flute. Beginners can register for his classes beginning Sept. 13 and receive a specially designed tote bag for free!
Location: 950 St. Johns Pl., #1, Brooklyn, NY 11213
www.taikonyc.com
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Premium Sweet Potato Sake Special

Komasa Jyozo / Sake Bar Shigure

Sake bar in Tribeca, Shigure, offers a wide variety of Japanese liquor selections from sake, shochu, Japanese craft beer to Japanese premium whiskies. It will hold a shochu promotion featuring Kura no Shikon, premium sweet potato shochu from Komasa Jyozo. Crafted with special sweet potatoes made by an award-winning potato grower and with locally made rice koji, this shochu goes through an aging process that helps it mature into a well-rounded taste. Shigure offers a glass of Kura no Shikon for $8 (Reg. $10) during the month of September.
Location: 277 Church St., (bet. White & Franklin Sts.)
New York, NY 10013
TEL: 212-965-0200 / www.sakebar-shigure.com
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