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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

Reina Kubota Solo Exhibition

January 17- February 6 FREE

MAKARI Japanese Antiques and Fine Art

MAKARI Japanese Antiques and Fine Art will present a solo exhibition of Brooklyn based visual artist, Reina Kubota. Before she moved to New York, she studied sculpture in Japan. Currently her artistic interest goes toward cultural gap, gender issues, and environmental transformation. Opening reception will be held on Jan. 17.
Location: 97 3rd Ave., (bet. 12 & 13 Sts.), New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-995-5888 /

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


Erika Matsuo Quintet ‘Live: ‘Birthday Bash’’

January 29

Jazz at Kitano

New York based Japanese jazz vocalist, Erika Matsuo, best known for Coca Cola's Sokenbicha TV commercial in Japan, will perform at Jazz at Kitano. With a background in classical piano, rock and various styles of jazz vocals, Erika has performed at venues such as B.B. Note and has regularly toured in Japan. In this concert, she will perform with Helio Alves (piano), Juancho Herrera (guitar), Dana Leong (cello) and Keita Ogawa (percussion/drums). Reservation is recommended.
Location: 66 Park Ave., (at E. 38 St.), New York, NY 10016
TEL: 212-885-7119 /

Video Games Live

January 31

Madison Square Garden Entertainment

Video Games Live is an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. Produced and hosted by Tommy Tallarico, a video game music composer and musician, top orchestras and choirs around the world will perform along with exclusive synchronized video footage and music arrangements and synchronized lighting in this one-of-a-kind entertainment event. Pre and post show events will also be open to all ticket holders.
Location: The Beacon Theatre
2124 Broadway, (bet. W. 74th & 75th Sts.), New York, NY 10023
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Akiko Yano Trio

January 31

Joe’s Pub NYC

Japanese singer, Akiko Yano, will perform at Joe’s Pub NYC. With Will Lee (bass & vocal) and Chris Parker (drums), she will play songs from her latest original album released in Japan last year, which includes “ISETAN-TAN-TAN”, the official song of the Japanese department store, Isetan. Doors open at 6 pm. Ticket information is available through the Joe’s Pub website.
Location: 425 Lafayette St., (bet. E. 4th & Astor Place)
New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-967-7555 /

Music From Japan 40th Anniversary Festival

February 7-8

Music From Japan / Asia Society

On Feb. 7 and 8, Music From Japan (MFJ) and Asia Society will host MFJ’s 40th Anniversary Festival, which will feature cross-cultural collaborations between musicians from Japan, China, Korea and the United States in two concerts at Asia Society. The first day features “East Asian Vibrancy” during which the audience can enjoy a traditional and contemporary repertoire of unique Japanese, Korean and Chinese instruments. The second day’s program is “Highlights of Music From Japan Commissions III”.
Location: Asia Society
725 Park Ave., (at 70th St.)
New York, NY 10021
TEL: 212-517-2742

Brazilian Music and Original Compositions Performance

February 10

Hiromi Suda

Award winning Japanese singer/songwriter, Hiromi Suda, will host a special performance at Whynot Jazz Room on Feb. 10. She will play exotic Brazilian music including her original along with Yotam Silberstein (Guitar), Julian Shore (Piano), Haggai Cohen (Bass) and Jordan Perlson (Drums). Admission is $10.
Location: Whynot Jazz Room
14 Christopher St., B1, (bet. Greenwich Ave. & Waverly Pl.)
New York, NY 10014


Japanese Wagyu Seminar for food professionals

February 18

Japan Livestock Industry Association

Japan Livestock Industry Association is hosting a special event which focuses on Japanese premium beef “Wagyu” on Feb. 18 at The Kitano New York. This event’s admission is free and open only to persons in the food industry. Recognized experts will present what Japanese wagyu tastes like, the bleeding system, quality, its future potential and lots more. There is a steak and sukiyaki cooking demonstration and sample tasting as well. Direct negotiation with distributors is also available at the venue. Limited only to the first 50 people, RSVP.
Location: The Kitano New York
66 Park Ave., (bet. 37th & 38th Sts.), New York, NY 10016

Judo “First time only class”

February 13

Kokushi Budo

Kokushi Budo is offering a “First time only class” for very beginners on Feb. 13. The special class is open to the public for only 1 day, and all attendees will learn fundamental techniques of Judo from USA Judo national champion, Shintaro Higashi-sensei. With world class instruction by the Higashi family, Kokushi Budo offers authentic, traditional martial arts instruction. Open for all ages, free uniform rentals are available. Appointment recommended.
Location: 331 Riverside Dr., (bet. 105th & 106th Sts.)
New York, NY 10025
TEL: 646-828-7954


Offering Valentine’s Day Special Cocktail

February 9-14

Sake bar SHiGURE

To celebrate a romantic Valentine’s Day, sake bar SHiGURE, will offer a Valentine Cocktail. The beautifully pink-colored cocktail, which contains fresh strawberry and soymilk, is sweet and light to taste so that it is enjoyable even for a person who is a lightweight. It’s good for an after dinner cocktail as a dessert. This restaurant offers an extensive selection of sake and shochu, from everyone’s favorite to rare labels.
Location: 277 Church St., (bet White & Franklin Sts.)
New York, NY 10013
TEL: 212-965-0200

Chance to Taste Premium Shochu

February 18

Komasa Jyozo, Salt + Charcoal

Komasa Jyozo, shochu distiller from Kagoshima Prefecture, is collaborating with Salt + Charcoal, Brooklyn’s first authentic Japanese robata style restaurant, to host a one night only, special shochu event on Feb. 18. Komasa Jyozo’s remarkable, premium sweet potato shochu, Gokujyo Kura no Shikon, will be served for $13. Tasting is also available. In addition, during the month of February, customers can taste Kura no Shikon ($8) and Kozuru Kuro ($7) which are not usually sold in the restaurant. Those who order either Chef’s Choice Robata Premium or Chef’s Choice Robata will enjoy either Kura no Shikon or Kozuru Kuro for $5.
Location: 171 Grand St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249
TEL: 718-782-2087


Complimentary Fried Cheesecake

Suki Thai Shabu

Suki Thai Shabu serves Thai-style shabu shabu hot pot along with a variety of less-oily and low calorie Thai dishes. Until Jan. 31, they are offering free fried cheesecake to those who mention Chopsticks NY. Crunchy tempura-style fried cheesecake perfectly ends their unique shabu shabu that is served with three choices of broth: mild House Vegetable, slightly spicy Tom Yum and a very spicy Basil E-Saan broth.
Location: 60-15 Woodside Ave., Woodside, NY 11377
TEL: 718- 205-1975 /

Free Appetizer with the Purchase of a Special “Boil” Entree

Red & Gold Boil

With a long history in the fishing industry, seafood restaurant, Red & Gold Boil brings you seafood from "boat to table" in pristine condition that can be traced back to its source. Until the end of January, the restaurant offers a free appetizer to those who mention Chopsticks NY when ordering a special Boils entrée. This offer cannot be combined with other promotions.
Location: 30 St. Marks Pl., (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-510-7380 /

10% Off First Wholesale Order of Mochi Ice Cream


Mochidoki, a new gourmet mochi ice cream, gives a modern twist to a popular Japanese dessert. The Mochidoki company designed the ice cream with premium ingredients and innovative flavor creations, such as matcha green tea chocolate chip, black sesame, salted caramel, Mandarin orange cream and raspberry white chocolate crunch. As a special offer for restaurant owners and caterers who read Chopsticks NY, they’re offering 10% off the first Mochidoki wholesale order until Jan. 31. Mention Chopsticks NY when placing an order.
TEL: 844-522-4478

One-Year Anniversary Campaign


JAPANSQUARE is an online shopping site carrying Japanese food, fine arts and crafts and modern goods and delivering them abroad directly from Japan. Celebrating its one-year anniversary, the store will offer various promotions. New members will receive 1000 points (equal to 1000 yen) when registering for membership from early- to mid-January; 500 yen off for those who make a purchase from mid- to late-January. Also, through the end of January, Chopsticks NY readers will receive 1000 points by entering coupon code "268KXMR8" (To enjoy this promotion, it is required to register as a member.) For more information, refer to the JAPANSQUARE website.

Japanese Specialty Food Shop’s Opening Campaign


SHABU SHABU KOBE, a beef specialty restaurant in Midtown, opened a grocery section inside the restaurant on Dec. 5. Celebrating its opening, it is offering a gift certificate to customers who make a purchase in the store section until Jan.31. The value of the certificate is calculated according to how much you spend: $5 certificate for purchases of $20-30; $10 certificate for purchases of $30-50; and $20 certificate for purchases over $50. The gift certificate is redeemable only for dining-in at SHABU SHABU KOBE.
Location: 3 W. 36th St., (bet. 5th & 6th Aves.), New York, NY 10018
TEL: 212-695-8855

50 % Off Haircut, Color and Treatment

Shinji 5th Ave Salon

Highly valued for its skilled techniques and reasonable pricing, Shinji 5th Ave Salon in Flatiron has had repeat customers since its opening. During the month of January, the salon will offer a special New Year promotion, During this period, haircut, color and treatment by a veteran hair stylist, Shinji will be offered for $100 and up (Reg. $200 and up). Mention Chopsticks NY when making an appointment.
Location: Shinji 5th Ave Salon
123 5th Ave., (bet. 19th & 20th Sts.), 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10003
TEL: 347-580-0606 /

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 Dec. 24 through Jan. 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

$50 Off Haircut, 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 Jan. 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 /

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 /

Complimentary Plum wine and Dessert

Hakata Hot Pot

Newly opened restaurant whose signature dish is “Motsunabe”, will offer a free glass of plum wine and dessert to customers who order Hot Pot dishes during the month of February. Complimentary wine and dessert are one each per person. Hot pot is minimum order for 2. Motsunabe is a hot pot, whose main ingredients are beef intestines and cabbage, considered as Hakata’s soul food. It is high in protein and low in calories.
Location: 58 St. Mark’s Pl., (bet. 1st & 2nd Aves.)
New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-598-1188 /

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.

Chance to Try Winter Limited Sake

Ozeki (U.S.A.), Inc., Nishida Shoten

In celebration of the New York release of Ozeki’s wintertime only sake Karatamba “Tare-Kuchi”, there will be a special promotional event at Nishida Shoten between Feb. 9 and 14. The restaurant offers the dry sake the entire month of February, but it is highly recommended to try it during the promotional period for the promotional treats. On Feb. 13 from 7 to 9pm, there will be a tasting event and customers will have a chance to talk to Ozeki’s sake master directly as well. Karatamba “Tare-Kuchi” has a clean taste with full alcohol leading to a short, spicy finish, good both chilled and slightly warmed.
Location: 302 E. 49th St., (bet 1st & 2nd Aves.)
New York, NY 10017

10% Off and Complimentary Chocolate


Figurise, an anime and movie character online shop, is offering a special promotion for Valentine’s Day. Until the end of February, customers can get 10% off their entire purchase by using promotion code “FIGURISECHOP”. In addition, the online shop will send a complimentary gift of an assortment of bite-size chocolates for customers who place an order during this period. Free ground shipping for purchases over $100.
Location: 544 10th St., Palisades Park, NJ 07650
TEL: 201-944-5305
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Twitter @figurise

6-Course Dinner with Optional Sake/Wine Pairing


A special 6-course Valentine’s dinner is available February 9-15. A sommelier can provide sake pairings for those who order the course dinner. A la carte is not available on February 13 and 14. $78/person. Sake pairings are additional.
Location: 108 E. 4th St., (bet. 1st & 2nd Aves.)
New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-777-1978 /

8th Anniversary Sale: 20% Off Hair Products

RH Plus Salon

In celebration of its 8th anniversary, RH Plus Salon is offering 20 % off all hair products (shampoo, conditioner, treatment, hair lotion, wax and more), including Nano Amino Shampoo and Clay Esthe Pack 300g.
Location: 805 3rd Ave., (bet. 49th & 50th Sts.), 2nd Fl.
New York, NY 10022
TEL: 212-644-8058 /
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