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Exhibition

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

"Reposing on Water" by Mari Ogihara

December 9 - 13 FREE

Ceres Gallery

Ceres Gallery will present a solo exhibition by New York based sculptor, Mari Ogihara. A range of firing styles including wood, saggar & gas fired ceramic forms will be on view in "Reposing on Water". Created this summer during Ogihara's residency in Shigaraki, Japan, her figurative sculpture emulates the countenance and purity of Buddhist icons as they appear to embody both restraint & release. The sensual & serene pieces seem to rest and drift afloat displaying a tranquil beauty. Opening reception will be held on Dec. 11.
Location: 547 W. 27th St., #201, (bet. 10th & 11th Aves.)
New York, NY 10001
TEL: 212-947-6100
www.ceresgallery.org

Slanted Entry

Through January 11 FREE

Plus 81 Gallery

Plus 81 Gallery presents "Slanted Entry", a group exhibition with Mina Hamada, Joe Hollier and Takeshi Miyakawa. The three artists, Hamada (muralist), Hollier (graphic designer) and Miyakawa (architect), show series of works transgressing the edges of art. Turning the demarcations of art inside out and crossing genres, these artists developed distinctive styles naturally, without filtering through agendas or being over-determined.
Location: 167 Elizabeth St., (bet. Kenmare & Spring Sts.), New York, NY 10012
TEL: 646-524-7171 / info@plus81.us

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 / info@themakari.com
www.themakari.com

Performance

WORLD AIDS DAY Concert: Pandemic~AIDS to Ebola ~

December 13

Teruo Nakamura Rising Sun Band / The Safety Channel

Co-presented by the Safety Channel, Teruo Nakamura, producer and jazz bassist, will perform a fundraising live concert for Providence Baptist Church Medical Center. For over decades, Teruo Nakamura has been an advocate for AIDS pandemic awareness through Red Shoes Foundation / JAWS (Japanese AIDS Workshop Series) He has produced numerous concerts for AIDS awareness and other causes both in the U.S. and Japan. In the concert at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, Monday Michiru, Japanese jazz vocalist, will join Teruo Nakamura Rising Sun Band as a special guest. Admission is $15 and a voluntary donation. Donations are collected for Providence Baptist Church Medical Center and Orphanage in Monrovia, Liberia via The Safety Channel.
Location: ShapeShifter Lab
18 Whitwell Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11215
TEL: 646-820-9452
www.shapeshifterlab.com

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 / www.erikajazz.com

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
For tickets: www.ticketmaster.com

Lecture/Forum/Film/Festival

Japanese Cooking Class and Special Promotion

November 23

Wasan

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 / www.wasan-ny.com

Shimenawa Workshop by Yumi Ichihashi

December 6-7

Globus Chashitsu KeiSui-an

Master Florist, Yumi Ichihashi, from Gifu Prefecture will visit New York to hold a Shimenawa workshop at Globus Chashitsu KeiSui-an, a teahouse in a penthouse off Union Square. The Shimenawa is a sacred straw decorative festoon in the Shinto-style and symbolizing a sanctuary against future bad events. Ichihashi will help participants create their own Shimenawa that reflects their individual spirit. Reservation is required by email.
Location: 889 Broadway, PHC (bet. 19th & 20th Sts.)
New York, NY 10003 / info@tea-whisk.com
www.tea-whisk.com/Tea-Whisk/Shimenawa.html

Kombu Kelp and Seaweed Dashi Workshop

January 17 FREE

K-Seaweed

K-Seaweed is hosting a seaweed dashi-making workshop on Jan. 17. Yumi from K-Seaweed will introduce the basic steps of making dashi broth from seaweed, as well as simple recipes using the seaweed dashi. Participants will also learn how to make miso soup and seaweed rice balls. Seaweed is a great umami source, and it is all natural, gluten free, has zero trans fat and no cholesterol. The workshop is free. Space is limited to 10 people, and reservation is required by email with your name and phone number included.
Location: Suite ThreeOhSix
59 Franklin St., #306, (bet. Broadway & Benson Sts.), New York, NY 10019
info@kseaweed.com
www.kseaweed.com

Events

Conversation Café and New Year Special

January 8

The Japan Foundation

The Japan Foundation is hosting Conversation Café, offering a relaxing and interactive conversation opportunity on Jan. 8 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 café will provide a fun atmosphere for you to learn the Japanese language and culture. This time, the event features "Oshogatsu" (Japanese New Year) for you to learn about the occasion. Space is limited and RSVP is required.
Location: The Nippon Club
145 W. 57th St., (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY 10019
TEL: 212-581-2223
www.jfny.org
www.jfny.org/language/events.html

KIDS FESTIVAL

December 13

Bit'z Kids, J-COLLABO

Bit'z Kids, Japanese apparel retailer for children, will present a Kids Festival in collaboration with J-COLLABO, organization promoting Japanese culture. During the afternoon event, from 12:30-4:30 pm, participants can enjoy a balloon performance, origami and holiday card making workshop, kendama workshop and more. Suggested donation is $10.
Location: J-LABO
300 7th St., (bet. 5th & 6th Aves.), Brooklyn, NY 11215
info@j-collabo.org

Lucky “Fukubukuro” Bag Sale

January 1

Kamakura Shirts New York Inc.

A Japanese premiere shirts maker, Kamakura Shirts New York Inc., will hold a "fukubukuro" sale on Jan.1. Literally meaning a lucky bag, "fukubukuro" refers to a bag packed with a variety of items and sold at a discounted price, which is a popular New Year custom in Japan. Each Kamakura Shirts' fukubukuro containing 3 shirts for $100 is a steal. The shirt sizes are visible from outside. The sale starts at 9 am and the bags are limited to 100.
Location: 400 Madison Ave., (bet. 47th & 48th Sts.), New York, NY 10017
TEL: 212-308-5266 / www.kamakurashirts.net

Hakkaisan Hot Sake Week

January 5-10

Yopparai

Yopparai, an izakaya-style sake bar on the Lower East Side, will host "Hakkaisan Hot Sake Week", featuring sakes of Hakkaisan Brewery Co., Ltd. The lineup offered during the week includes Hakkaisan Genshu, Hakkaisan Ginjo and Hakkaisan Honjozo. Each of them require a certain temperature to be best enjoyed, and will be properly warmed by a Japanese traditional sake warmer "chirori" made of tin. Timothy Sullivan, sake samurai and a brand ambassador of Hakkaisan, will also give a lecture on how to enjoy sake during the period. The Hakkaisan hot sake will be offered at discounted prices.
Location: 151 Rivington St., (bet. Clinton & Suffolk Sts.), New York, NY 10002
TEL: 212-777-7253 / www.yopparainyc.com

Conversation Café and New Year Special

January 8

The Nippon Club / The Japan Foundation

The Nippon Club and The Japan Foundation is hosting Conversation Café, offering a relaxing and interactive conversation opportunity on Jan. 8 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 café will provide a fun atmosphere for you to learn the Japanese language and culture. This time, the event features "Oshogatsu" (Japanese New Year) for you to learn about the occasion. Space is limited and RSVP is required.
Location: The Nippon Club
145 W. 57th St., (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY 10019
TEL: 212-581-2223 / www.jfny.org
www.jfny.org/language/events.html

Happenings

$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 / hariyamaballet.com
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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 / shinji.ny1013@gmail.com

Black Friday& Cyber Monday Sale

Noritake

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.
www.noritakechina.com
nsc.tab@noritake.com

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 / www.seito-newyork.com

$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!

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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www.gogocurryusa-ny.com
Twitter @GOGOCURRYUSA

Free Treatment with Cut & Color or Cut & Perm

Rebirth

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 / www.rebirthny.com

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 / www.salonvijin.com

$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 / www.yo-csalon.com

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 / www.kitchenwarecentral.com

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 / www.himalayanyak.com

10% Off Mobile Router For Travelers to Japan

Vision

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.
www.wifi-hire.com
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 / ispt@jetro.go.jp

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: www.city.ninohe.lg.jp/forms/top/top.aspx (Japanese only)

Shabu Shabu Kobe Tasting Event

KOBE BUSSAN CO., LTD

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 / www.shabushabukobe.com

Kyoto’s Mayor Visits J+B DESIGN

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 / www.japansociety.org

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.
www.jfc.com / www.sakeexpert.com

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 / www.nymtc.com

Annual Christmas Sale Online

Noritake

Noritake, a Japanese dish manufacturer with more than 100 years of history, will hold an online Christmas in December. Details will be posted on Noritake’s shopping website and sent to email subscribers on their mailing list. Also, check out their Black Friday Sale from Nov. 26 (5 pm PST) to Dec. 2 (11:59pm PST) , with all items at 30% off. For the Cyber Monday Sale on Dec. 1, they will offer more discount rates for select items.
www.noritakechina.com
nsc.tab@noritake.com

Gundam Plastic Models on Sale, plus Free Shipping

Gundam Planet

Gundam Planet, a store specializing in Gundam plastic model kits, figures, will have Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotional sales both in-store and online. From Nov. 28 to Dec.1, their brick-and-mortar store offers 10% off all in-store items and bigger discounts on some select items. The same discounts will be applied to online items only on Cyber Monday (Dec. 1), and customers will also get free shipping by entering coupon code "CHOPCHOP."
Location: 544 10th St., Palisades Park, NJ 07650
TEL: 201-944-5305
www.gundamplanet.com
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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 / www.sukithaishabu.com

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 / www.redandgoldboil.com

Special Trial Classes for 2015

Hills Learning

Hills Learning will be offering special trial classes for all their language courses being offered in 2015. Each class is a great opportunity to meet your teacher, check out the facilities and ask any questions about the course. The trials are only $20 and will be held during the week of January 12, 2015. There are multiple levels being offered for Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai and Cantonese languages. For more information, visit their website.
Location: 380 Lexington Ave., 17th Fl., (bet. 41st & 42nd Sts.), New York, NY 10168
TEL: 212-551-7903 / www.hillslearning.com

Holiday Gift Special: Complimentary Body Care Products

Yukie Beauty Spa

Nail salon in Midtown, Yukie Beauty Spa is holding a special beauty promotion, offering free portable Refa O or Refa I with the purchase of Refa CARAT. Refa is a series of beauty tools that help slim, firm and lift and are used for body and facial skincare. Those purchasing Refa CARAT will also receive four High Tension Masks and a $30 gift certificate that is redeemable for Calgel, manicure, pedicure, foot massage or others. The promotion is until Dec.31.
Location: 40 E. 58th St., 2nd Fl., (bet. Park & Madison Aves.), New York, NY 10022
TEL: 212-702-9660 / www.beauty-ny.com

10% Off First Wholesale Order of Mochi Ice Cream

Mochidoki

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
www.mochidoki.com
info@mochidoki.com

Special Holiday Gift with Purchase

MIKI HOUSE

Celebrating the holiday season, MIKI HOUSE Americas, Inc., a Japanese fashion retailer of children's apparel, shoes and accessories, offers a special gift to MIKI HOUSE customers at Bloomingdale's and online. From Dec. 6 through 24, customers will receive a complimentary SAKURA COUPY-PENCIL set of 5 whole colored pencils (without wooden case) with any purchase. One per customer, while supplies last.
Location: 1000 3rd Ave., (at 59th St.), 8th Fl., New York, NY 10022
info@mikihouse-usa.com / www.mikihouse-usa.com

Online Gift Shop Free Shipping Campaign

JAPANSQUARE

Online shopping site specializing in quality Japanese products such as crafts, fine arts, and authentic food, JAPANSQUARE is now offering free shipping for shoppers who make a purchase of 20,000 yen (about $175) or more. Discounted shipping rates are also applied to those making a purchase of lesser value. All products are shipped from Japan, so this offer is a great deal. The campaign is valid from Nov. 17 through Nov. 30 (10 am EST), and details are available on their website.
www.japansquare.com

Christmas Sale on Kitchen and Household Items

Kitchenware Central

Kitchenware Central caters a well curated collection of handpicked kitchen goods and essential home appliances to customers across the East Coast. During the month of December, they will hold a Christmas Sale event, offering a discount of up to 10% on kitchen utensils for those who spend $20 or more. Also, small household appliances will be up to 20% off. The store is located next to Paris Baguette bakery. Free parking available.
Location: 1635 Lemoine Ave., Fort Lee, NJ 07024
TEL: 201-886-0003
www.kitchenwarecentral.com
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10% Off All Skincare Items from Black Friday to Cyber Monday

Dr. CiLabo

Dr. CiLabo, Japan's leading doctor's cosmetic company specializing in anti-aging products, is offering special promotion from Nov. 27-Dec. 1. All skincare items will be 10% off with coupon code UF83Y. This offer is not combinable with other promotions. Cannot be used for their sample set ($3).
www.cilabousa.com
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Shochu "Kura no Shikon” Paired with Yakitori

Komasa Jyozo, Lucky Cat

During the month of December, Komasa Jyozo, shochu distiller from Kagoshima Prefecture, and Lucky Cat, izakaya in Midtown, will have a pairing promotion, featuring Kura no Shikon, sweet potato shochu, and yakitori skewer. Lucky Cat's rich and savory yakitori skewers are a perfect match with the shochu's profound and round sweet potato flavor. Those who order Yakitori Set ($12 and up) will enjoy a glass of Kura no Shikon for $6 (Reg. $7). The discount rate can be applied for the second glass and more.
Location: Lucky Cat
232 E. 53rd st., (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.)
New York, NY 10022
TEL: 212-838-5333 / www.luckycatnyc.com

Winter Sale for Items with Kyoto Essence

KITEYA SoHo

KITEYA offers an experience of new Kyoto culture in SoHo with a wide selection of gift items, accessories, products crafted with unique materials, kimono fabric and washi paper. KITEYA is having the biggest sale of the year featuring discounts of up to 70% off. Items include Christmas ornaments, fashion accessories, felt bags and much more. KITEYA will be open throughout the year and is offering suggestions for Japanese style gift-wrapping.
Location: 464 Broome St., (bet. Greene and Mercer Sts.), New York, NY 10013
TEL: 212-219-7505 / www.kiteya.com

Holiday Season Curry Special

Go!Go!Curry!

This winter, New York's Go!Go!Curry! is offering a holiday season special that's perfect for office holiday parties or home parties. Just place an order a day in advance of your occasion and it can be delivered to you outside their normal delivery area. In addition, guests at your party will receive a free topping coupon. If needed, separate containers for curry roux, toppings and rice can also be provided. Please call directly for more information and ask each branch about details. Offer is valid until Dec. 31.
Locations: Times Square
273 W. 38th St., New York, NY 10018 / TEL: 212-730-5555

Chelsea Stadium
144 W. 19th St., New York, NY 10011 / TEL: 212-255-4555

World Trade Center Stadium
12 John St., New York, NY 10038 / TEL: 212-406-5555

Washington Square Park Stadium
231 Thompson St., New York, NY 10012 / TEL: 212-505-2555

Cambridge Stadium
581 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139 / TEL: 617-876-5555

www.gogocurryusa-ny.com

Receive 10% Off Total Check

Umami Shoppu

Bringing together his father’s intensive ramen-chef training in Japan and his knowledge of the American palate, the owner/chef of Umami Shoppu has innovatively introduced the flavors and textures of Japan's best noodles in the presence of toppings such as homemade chashu, eggs, and spicy meat sauce. Chopsticks NY readers can receive a 10% discount on the total check. Don't forget to mention Chopsticks NY when you place your order.
Location: 513 6th Ave., (bet. 13th & 14th Sts.), New York, NY 10011
TEL: 212-229-9991
www.umamishoppu.com

One-Year Anniversary Campaign

JAPANSQUARE

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.
www.japansquare.com

Japanese Specialty Food Shop’s Opening Campaign

SHABU SHABU KOBE

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
www.shabushabukobe.com

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 / shinji.ny1013@gmail.com

Winter Clearance Sale

Bradelis New York

Custom fit lingerie boutique, Bradelis New York is having a Winter Clearance Sale through Jan. 11. Save up to 50% off Bradelis New York select signature "Step 1-2-3" bras and control panties from its Basic, Premium & Sweet collections.
Locations: 211 Elizabeth St., (bet. Prince & Spring Sts.), New York, NY 10012
TEL: 212-941-5629

66 Madison Ave., (bet. 27th & 28th Sts.), New York, NY 10016
TEL: 212-599-2223

135-20 39th Ave. Suite HL 219, (at Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel), Flushing, NY 11354
TEL: 718-353-1345

www.bradelisnewyork.com

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
www.seito-newyork.com

$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 /www.yo-csalon.com
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