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September 6

Over 20 Japanese restaurants will be setting up booths in the West Village to serve up delicious, classic Japanese street festival dishes such as grilled squid, yakisoba (fried noodles), and fire grilled pork, at the Japan Block Fair from 11 am to 6 pm. This year, the street fair has partnered with ISTOPE Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to encourage and support Japanese university students achieve their entrepreneurial and business goals. Students from Tohoku University will also be participating in the festivities this year and will be offering handmade wooden sake cups, moisturizing tsubaki oil hand-cream, healthy juice made from tomato grown in Tohoku, and many more, all of which are not often spotted in New York City. A variety of Japanese merchandise such as traditional wraps and artisan crafted jewelry will also be showcased. It’s sure to keep adults and children of all ages entertained throughout the afternoon.

Location: 6th Ave. (bet. Washington Pl. & Waverly Pl.)
New York, NY


BUAISOU. Presents “Japan Blue” Installation Show in New York

July 13 - August 31

Bassanova Ramen / BUAISOU.

BUAISOU., an indigo artisanal group based in Tokushima, Japan, is having their first art installation show at Bassanova Ramen restaurant. The restaurant’s clean, white-based interior will be filled with art pieces made with fabrics dyed in a 100% natural “SUKUMO” vat that turns garments into a deep and luminous “Japan Blue”. All works are available for sale.
Location: 76 Mott St., (bet. Canal & Bayard Sts.)
New York, NY 10013
TEL: 212-334-2100

“POP x KITSCH x KAWAII” Marico Ishibuchi Exhibit

Through August 28 FREE

Born in 1988, fashion/graphic designer Marico Ishibuchi had a hard time identifying what made her truly original until she came to New York City to study design and was inspired by Steve Job’s commencement speech at Stanford. The “Deal with Urself” exhibit featuring graphic works on T-shirts, hoodies, tote-bags and more, showcases her works that evolve around the concepts of “pop, kitsch and kawaii (cute)” and her efforts to create works that communicate her vision and passions.
Location: Consulate General of Japan in New York, Japan Information Center Gallery
299 Park Ave., (bet. 48th & 49th Sts.), 19Fl.
New York, NY 10171

“Migration” Exhibition by Hanako Nakazato

September 3-6 FREE

Sara Japanese Pottery

Sara Japanese Pottery will present an exhibition of new ceramic work by Hanako Nakazato. This exhibition will feature side-by-side works made in both of her studios, one in Karatsu, Japan and the other in Union, Maine. Like a migrating bird, Nakazato travels and works each year in two different countries. This regular shift between her native culture in Japan and her adopted culture in the U.S.A. infuses her work with elements at once familiar and foreign. An opening reception will be held Sept. 3.
Location: 950 Lexington Ave., (bet. 69th and 70th Sts.)
New York, NY 10021
TEL: 212-772-3243 /

Home Away From Home 10th Exhibition

September 17-30 FREE

The Alumni Association of Tama Art University NY Club

Home Away From Home (HAFH) is the annual art exhibition by The Alumni Association of Tama Art University NY Club, organization established in 2003. The HAFH was launched in 2004 and this year it celebrates its 10th anniversary, with 25 artists presenting their artworks in this exhibition. A book with the members’ artworks, which was published in its 10th anniversary, will be sold during the exhibition. Reception will be held on Sept. 18, from 6-8pm.
Location: TENRI Gallery
43 A W. 13th St., (bet. 5th & 6th Aves.), New York, NY 10011

Satomi Den Solo Glass Works Exhibit “Race × Lace”

September 18-21

Globus Washitsu KeiSui-an

Satomi Den, a Japan based Korean glass artist, will be holding her solo glass works exhibition “Race × Lace “ at Globus Washitsu KeiSui-an, a teahouse in a penthouse off Union Square. Satomi utilizes a traditional family crest or lace, resulting in her glass works remaining true to her identity strongly, influenced by both Japanese and Korean culture. She creates exquisite black glass art with delicate lace patterns on tea ceremony bowls & utensils. During the exhibit, several tea ceremonies will be conducted by Souheki Mori of Tea-Whisk, who is a Japanese tea ceremony master in New York.
Location: 889 Broadway, PHC (bet. 19th & 20th Sts.)
New York, NY 10003


Taka Kigawa Piano Recital

August 25

(le) Poisson Rouge

(le) Poisson Rouge will present a solo recital of critically acclaimed pianist, Taka Kigawa with the program of Pierre Boulez Complete Solo Piano Music at (le) Poisson Rouge. Kigawa has steadily built his reputation as one of today’s most compelling young artists, renowned as much for his superb musicianship as for his courageous programming. His performance of J.S. Bach’s The Art of Fugue, in August, 2012, entirely from memory, broke the attendance record in the solo recital genre at (le) Poisson Rouge, a record it holds to this day. At this recital on Pierre Boulez, he will be performing Twelve Notations, First Sonata, Second Sonata, Third Sonata (including a rare performance of “Sigle”), Incises, and Une page d’éphéméride.”
Location: 158 Bleecker St., (bet. Thompson & Sullivan Sts.)
New York, NY 10012
TEL: 212-505-3474 /

“Robinson (to) Crusoe” Theater Performance

August 28-31 FREE

Theatre Arts Japan

Theatre Arts Japan will be producing an adaptation of Asaya Fujita’s “Robinson (to) Crusoe”, a comedy that deals with serious issues of cultural conflict. The play features two men from Korea and Japan at the end of World War II who find themselves stranded on a remote island. The plot unfolds as the two attempt to communicate with one another, although they speak different languages. Because the nationality of the characters in Fujita’s version is known, the play and the characters appear more realistic; making the lessons learned more satisfying and the production more relatable. Tickets are free and available to reserve on Theatre Arts Japan website.

Tempei Nakamura Piano Solo Live

September 6

Tenri Cultural Institute

Bridging Japan and New York, global pianist and composer Tempei Nakamura will be performing his original compositions in a piano solo performance, and also with guest violinist Hector Falcon, at Tenri Cultural Institute. Tempei started playing piano when he was 5 years old and performed in his own solo concert at Carnegie Hall in 2010. He is annually on tour throughout Europe and also performs in his own project, “Hidden Concert Tour” in the mountains of world heritage Kii Peninsula.
Location: 43A W. 13th St.
(bet. 5th Ave. & Ave. of the Americas)
New York, NY 10011
TEL: 212-645-2800

X Japan Concert at Madison Square Garden

October 11

Live Nation

Internationally renowned rock icons, X Japan, returns to the United States this October bringing their legendarily edgy brand of rock to New York City for one night at Madison Square Garden. Presented by Live Nation, the concert event marks the band’s first show together in 3 years and will feature fan favorites as well as previously unreleased and never before performed music. New York Comic Con is sponsering this event. For more information, please visit
Location: Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001


Screening: Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa

August 5, 24

Symphony Space

In Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai), 16th Century villagers hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This gripping three-hour ride is one of the most beloved movie epics of all time. The film is screened in Japanese with English subtitles.
Location: 2537 Broadway, (at 95th St.)
New York, NY 10025
TEL: 212-864-5400


Summer Learning Classes Focusing on Music, Japanese Language, Art & Creativity for Children

July 7-Aug. 7

ACE Music Studio

ACE Music Studio offers small classes and private lessons in music and basic Japanese targeting babies and children. They are holding “Summer Learning Class: Music class, Japanese class, Art & Creativity class” from July 7 to Aug. 7 in two locations indicated below. Created for children ages from 4-8 who have schooling experience, the summer class provides great opportunities to get immersed in music and language in a playful environment through activities like rhythmic, games, plays, dances, etc.
Manhattan location: 150 W. 46th St., 7th Fl., New York, NY 10036
Queens location: 66-08 Austin St., #1J, Rego Park, NY 11374 /

Summer Class for Kids Focusing on Japanese Songs & Culture

Star Child Daycare

Star Child Daycare offers classes for kids from ages under 1 and up to nurture their creativity through art and music with a caring Japanese staff. They also offer group lessons, private lessons, and tutoring for older kids. This summer, Summer Class for ages 2 and up will be held in July and August from 8 am to 6 pm. The desired times and dates can be arranged. Children will learn seasonal Japanese songs and Japanese culture through hand games, crafts, and field trips.
Location: 435 E. 6th St., #1GF, New York, NY 10009
TEL: 646-509-0140 /

Japanese Language Summer Classes

Japan Society

The Japan Society Toyota Language Center will be offering a variety of Japanese language classes and specialized courses this summer. Classes will include: Hiragana and Katakana Workshops, which will help students improve reading proficiency of the two syllabaries; Intensive Japanese Weekend courses for beginner level students; Shodo (Japanese calligraphy); English Conversation; Rodoku; and 13 levels of Japanese, including Kanji and theme based classes. Registration is available online for all classes through the Japan Society website.
Location: 333 E. 47th St., New York, NY 10017
TEL: 212-715-1256 /

Speed Dating & BBQ Party: Meet Japanese Women

September 13 - 14

A speed dating event hosted by, a match making service, that aims to tie single American men with Japanese women who are already internationally sophisticated, speak English, and reside in the tri-state area. The speed dating event will be held in New York City on Sept. 13 and the barbecue party will be held in New Jersey on Sept. 14. Only those who are serious about finding their lifelong partner will be accepted to participate in these two special events. Register online.
TEL: 443-470-5750 /

Back-to-School Special Gift Event

August 20-September 1


Japanese premium fashion retailer of children’s apparel, shoes and accessories, MIKI HOUSE Americas, Inc., invites families to a back-to-school event. From Aug. 20 through Sept. 1, customers will receive a complimentary MIKI HOUSE original pitcher & mug set with purchases of $200 or more at, and their store in Bloomingdale’s 59th Street in New York City. One per purchase, while supplies last.
Location: 1000 Third Ave. (at 59th St.), New York, NY 10022

Conversation Café Presented by JF Japanese Language Course

September 9

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. 9 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 /

Shochu“Kura no Shikon” Tasting Event with the Brewer

September 11

Komasa Jyozo / KOA Restaurant

Newly opened, KOA Restaurant will host a “Kura no Shikon” tasting party that features the premier handcrafted sweet potato shochu paired with KOA’s flavorful modern Chinese-inspired appetizers. The concept behind KOA evolves around their healthier soymilk broth noodles topped with decadent meats, spices and seasonal vegetables called SORBA. During the 2 hour event, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, sweet potato shochu, “Kura no Shikon” will be served for free. RSVP to by Sept. 7 for your spot.
Location: 12 W. 21st St., (bet. 5th & 6th Aves.), New York, NY 10010
TEL: 212-388-5736 /

Sake Expo & Food Show 2014

September 13

JFC International, Inc.

JFC International, Inc. will hold its annual food and sake tasting event, the Sake Expo & Food Show 2014 at the New Yorker Hotel. This year, a variety of sake and foods from over 70 Japanese companies will be showcased. The event will feature wagyu Japanese premium beef and new products from Japan including Musashino Beer, as well as a sake serving demonstration by brewers from Japan.
Location: The New Yorker Hotel
481 8th Ave., (at 34th St.), New York, NY 10001
TEL: 908-525-4400

11th Annual “Joy of Sake” Tasting Event

September 18

The Joy of Sake

The Joy of Sake will be celebrating its 11th anniversary this year at The Altman Building in Chelsea. The event offers an unparalleled opportunity to taste 370 of Japan’s finest sakes in peak condition, many otherwise unavailable in the U.S. All the sakes are featured with sake-friendly dishes created by top New York chefs and restaurants. Participating restaurants will include 15 East, Bond Street, Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Sakagura, Brushstroke, Megu, Aburiya Kinnosuke, Sushi Samba, wd-50, Hibino, Sakamai, En Japanese Brasserie, Bozu, Ramen Lab, and Izakaya Alley.
Location: 135 W. 18th St., (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY 10011

Japanese Food & Restaurant Expo

October 4

New York Mutual Trading

New York Mutual Trading pioneered the concept of the distributor partnering with the Japanese vendor directly to make new items available in the United States. Every fall they have an annual Japanese food and restaurant expo for trade businesses in New York City to show off their new products in the areas of packaged foods, seasonings, and beverages. This year’s event, which is now in its 21st year, will allow people involved in New York’s food and beverage industries to meet the exhibitors, test new products, and place orders for their restaurants, bars, or stores. The expo also offers informative demos about what’s popular in Japan. 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


All Single Curries for $5 on Tuesdays


The World Trade Center Stadium location of Go!Go!Curry! will be participating in Lower Manhattan Tuesdays, an event designed to support hospitality and tourism businesses throughout Lower Manhattan. Every Tuesday from 5-8 pm May 27-Sept. 30 admission to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum will be free, and by presenting your ticket for that day at Go!Go!Curry! all single curries will be $5. (Please note that this offer is limited to the World Trade Center Stadium Go!Go!Curry! which closes at 8:55 pm).
Location: World Trade Center Stadium
12 John St., (bet. Broadway & Nassau St.), New York, NY 10038
TEL: 212-406-5555 @GOGOCURRYUSA

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. From June 23 - August 31, 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

20% Discount during August for Chopsticks NY Readers

Kitchenware Central

Kitchenware Central features over 400 kinds of kitchen goods and home appliances such as rice cookers, grills, vacuum cleaners and air cleaners. During August, they will be offering a discount up to 20% off for Chopsticks NY readers (The discount amount varies depending on the item). The couple that owns Kitchenware Central has been in the business for over a decade, and they choose their products with a focus on famous brands, high quality, desirable prices and ease of use.
Location: 1635 Lemoine Ave., Fort Lee, NJ 07024
TEL: 201-886-0003 /

Free Home-Roasted Tomato Topping for Chopsticks NY Readers

Ramen Misoya

Ramen Misoya is the first restaurant in New York City to specialize in three types of miso and create nutritional dishes that help benefit one’s diet. A new addition to their select toppings is Home-Roasted Tomato made by roasting halved tomatoes marinated in an olive oil base marinade in an oven. The sweetness and umami of tomato is enhanced while roasting, which makes it a perfect complement to miso flavors from Misoya’s ramen soup. For the month of August, they are offering free Home-Roasted Tomato (1 pc) for those who order a bowl of ramen. Mention Chopsticks NY when you place an order.
Location: 129 2nd Ave., (bet. 7th St. & St. Mark’s Pl.)
New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-677-4825 /

Gokujyo NIGHT –Kura no Shikon and Gokujyo Kura no Shikon

Komasa Jyozo / Daruma-ya

During August, the izakaya-style Japanese restaurant, Daruma-ya, known for its handmade soba and refined izakaya dishes, will be offering two kinds of rare sweet potato shochu, Kura no Shikon and Gokujyo Kura no Shikon, produced by Komasa Jyozo. Both types are known for having a delicate sweet potato flavor and being easy to drink, so they are especially recommended for those trying shochu for the first time or looking to redefine their image of sweet potato shochu. Daruma-ya will offer the two shochus at discounted prices. For those who want to sample a little bit of both, they offer a set of two small glasses at an affordable price. Those ordering the set will receive free Sweet Corn Tempura, a seasonal, signature dish of Daruma-ya, which perfectly complements these premium sweet potato shochus.
Location: 428 Greenwich St., (bet. Laight & Vestry Sts.)
New York, NY 10013 / TEL: 212-274-0428

Complimentary Bottle of Gekkeikan Sparkling Sake “Zipang” or Junmai Ginjo Sake “Suzaku”


During August, order one bottle of Gekkeikan Sparkling Sake “Zipang” or Junmai Ginjo Sake “Suzaku” and receive a complimentary bottle of the same sake at its two Brooklyn and one Staten Island locations on weekdays from Monday to Thursday. Fushimi’s talented chefs fuse traditional Japanese food with inventive French inspired nouvelle cuisine, making its dishes the cream of the crop. With superior service and a trendy ambiance, it is no surprise that Fushimi has a loyal fan base that keeps growing.
Fushimi Williamsburg

475 Driggs Ave., Williamsburg, NY 11211
TEL: 718-963-2555

Fushimi Staten Island
2110 Richmond Rd.
Staten Island, NY 10306
TEL: 718-980-5300

Fushimi Bay Ridge
9316 4th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11209
TEL: 718-833-7788

50% Discount on Membership Fee for Chopsticks NY readers

Starchild Daycare

Starchild Daycare is a relaxed environment staffed by Japanese where children’s creativity is nurtured through music and art. Through August, they’re offering a 50% discount on membership fee (Reg. $200) for Chopsticks NY readers. Starchild Daycare offers full time daycare services (8 am-6 pm) for newborns and older from Monday through Friday. Everyday after 4 pm, they offer “After School Programs” such as “HIRAGANA Class” and “MUSIC Class”. Day care involves playing in Japanese, the music classroom fosters creativity by using a variety of instruments.
Location: 435 E. 6th St., 1F (bet. Avenue A & 1st Ave.)
New York, NY 10009
TEL: 646-509-0140 /

20% off on Weekends to Commemorate 20-year Anniversary

Phoenix Garden

Located in the residential area of Midtown East, Phoenix Garden offers authentic Cantonese cuisine at reasonable prices. Long loved by locals, the restaurant is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is commemorating the occasion by offering 20% off regular items on Saturdays and Sundays (the course menu receives a 10% discount). This offer is limited to customers dining at the restaurant.
Location: 242 E. 40th St., (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), New York, NY 10016
TEL: 212-983-6666 /

A hijiki present for those placing their first order

NY Nojo

NY Nojo is a delivery site that ships fresh vegetables and fish. They send vegetables directly from the farm where they are grown, and specially select organic ingredients such as rice, fish and meat (They also feature the seaweed that has been used for 50 years at Sukiyabashi Jiro, where President Obama ate during his recent trip to Japan). New customers who order via the site in August will receive a free gift of hijiki, a dried sea vegetable.
TEL: 516-769-1683 /

10% Off and Free Wine/Sake for Chopsticks NY Readers

Matsu Sushi

Matsu Sushi, located in Astoria, Queens, offers Japanese cuisine centered on rolls and sushi. (See details in the review on page 21) Chopsticks NY readers who dine at the restaurant through August can receive 10% off their bill by saying they found the discount information in Chopsticks NY. Also, customers who spend more than $15 per person on dinner will receive a free glass of house wine or Japanese sake.
Location: 3411 30th Ave (bet. 34th & 35th Sts.), Astoria, NY 11103
TEL: 718-726-7029 /

Japanese Straightening and Digital Perms 20% off

Salon Wave

Salon Wave is offering a Japanese Straightening and Digital Perm Summer promotion campaign of 20% off through the end of August. To receive this discount, make sure to say you saw the discount information in Chopsticks NY when you make your appointment. Before getting the digital perm, customers must come to the salon to receive counseling from a stylist. This past April the salon relocated to a new location on the same block, and it now has an even bigger, stylish interior.
Location: 1029 2nd Ave. (at 54th St.), New York, NY 10022
TEL: 212-355-7399

Free Consultation for Matchmaking in NYC (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 August sessions are scheduled for the 30 and 31. At the free consultation sessions, she will help you create your own profile for online registration on MJL will also hold a speed dating event on Sept. 13 in New York City and a BBQ party on Sept. 14 in New Jersey.
TEL: 443-470-5750

20% Off “The Summer Menu”

Trois Peignes

Owned by three experienced hair stylists, Trois Peignes (meaning “three combs”) in the East Village offers everything from precision haircuts to perms, hair coloring and deep conditioning treatments, and it is one of the few salons in Manhattan that offer an Organic Keratin Treatment called the KeraGreen Keratin Treatment. They are currently promoting menus perfect for this season at discounted prices. “The Summer Menu” includes Keragreen Keratin Treatment, Japanese Straight and Smooth Control, Hair color and Highlights. Until Aug. 31, these menus are offered for 20% off.
Location: 150 2nd Ave., (bet. 9th & 10th Sts.), New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-388-9942 /

Order One Dish and Receive a Free Drink

Dojo Restaurant

Serving health-conscious Japanese dishes with original twists, Dojo Restaurant has been loved by New Yorkers for four decades. Now in the heart of Greenwich Village, and after going through a 6-month renovation last year, Dojo Restaurant was reborn as an American style bar-diner with an essence of Japanese comfort food. Mention Chopsticks NY when you place an order of one dish, and receive a free beer or soft drink. Valid through Aug. 31.
Location: 14 West 4th St., (at Mercer St.), New York, NY 10012
TEL: 212-505-8943 /

Half-price Trial Lesson

Hariyama Ballet

Japanese ballet dancer, Mami Hariyama is a Japanese teacher of the Russian method (Vaganova Method) in New York. She trained and performed ballet in Osaka and was coached by Vaganova ballet teachers from a young age and now owns her own ballet school in Midtown Manhattan. Classes are offered for ages 2 up to adult, including adult beginner classes. Until the end of August, persons mentioning Chopsticks NY can get the $20 trial lesson for $10.
Location: 58-60 W. 39th St., 3rd Fl. (bet. 5th & 6th Aves.)
New York, NY 10018
TEL: 347-451-1801 /

15 % Off Artisan Dishware

GAMA Pottery

GAMA Pottery offers pottery handmade from up-and-coming Korean ceramic artists and also carries a wide variety of Korean tableware that is easily incorporated into contemporary living. From now until the end of June, mention Chopsticks NY and you will receive a 15% discount on all dishware purchases. Offer excludes sale products.
Location: 37 Great Jones St., (bet. Bowery & Lafayette St.)
TEL: 201-805-0108 /

Shiatsu Massage & Herbal Sauna Package 50% Off

iDo Holistic Center

Throughout August, iDo Holistic Center which 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 $89 (Reg. $180). The package includes a 30 minute, muscle-tension easing herbal sauna, a 70 minute full body shiatsu massage to target tough knots and areas of stress retention, and 5 minutes of Zen-stretching, followed with helpful, at-home stretching advice from your therapist.
Location: 22 E. 49th St., 3rd Fl. (bet. Madison & 5th Aves.)
New York, NY 10017
TEL: 212-599-5300 /

First Time Customer with Yaz will Get 20% Off

Salon Vijin

Salon Vijin stylists create sophisticated looks that are modern and chic as well as styles that are easy to maintain. Salon Vijin’s stylist, Yaz has over 18 years of experience at famous salons in Tokyo and New York. Until the end of August, first time customers with Yaz will get 20% off the total cost at checkout. At Salon Vijin you can reach your full beauty potential through a hairstyle that has been designed exclusively for you.
Location: 22 E. 1st St., (bet. Bowery & 2nd Ave.), New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-664-0664 (English) / 212-397-2222 (Japanese)

An Award Winning Kimoto Sake Night

EN Japanese Brasserie / Daishichi Sake Brewery

EN Japanese Brasserie, which will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in September, invited Daishichi Sake Brewery and held “an award winning kimoto sake night” on June 19. In addition to offering 7 kinds of Daishichi Kimoto such as Junmai Kimoto, Executive Chef, Hiroki Abe treated everyone to 7 types of food. The party was set up with two counters lined with sake, allowing the 30 attendees to learn more about Daishichi as well as to enjoy En’s sophisticated atmosphere. Those in attendance included American fans of Japanese sake, restaurant industry related members and those who love En’s cuisine. Sake enthusiasts commented that they had become fans of the sake, and that they were very happy to be able to know about a new brand they hadn’t tried before. Daishichi Sake Brewery’s President, Hideharu Ohta and Master Sake Sommelier, Ad Blankestijn were also in attendance, and they were able to spend a nice time with participants. With a smile, President Ohta said, “I come to New York multiple times a year, and this was a great opportunity to be able to speak directly with those enjoying our sake.”

Location: 435 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014
TEL: 212-647-9196

Kintetsu International’s Annual Travel Showcase Attracts Record Number of Travel Vendors

KIE/Kintetsu International

Traveling agency, KIE/Kintetsu International, held its 5th Annual KIE Travel Showcase on June 19 at the Park Central Hotel. In total, over 10 major airlines, 40 major tri-state hotels, National/Enterprise car rental and various vacation vendors exhibited their products and services. In addition, close to 200 KIE clients attended this year. This unique forum allowed vendors and KIE’s clients the rare opportunity to directly exchange information to learn more about the supplier’s services, as well as access to their discounted air, car and hotel rates.

Info: /
TEL: 1-800-422-3481

2014 All American Open International Karate Championships

Kyokushin Karate

On Saturday, June 21st, Kyokushin Karate hosted the 19th Annual All American Open International Karate Championships at Hunter College Sportsplex in New York City. Nearly 100 competitors of all ages, from 15 countries participated. The event reaffirmed the strength of many, and introduced the potential of many more. Oleksandr Ieromenko of Ukraine defeated the defending Champion, Zahari Damyanov of Bulgaria to become All American Open Champion for the first time. In the Women’s Yokozuna open weight championship, Myriam Lamarre of Canada took her first time victory in NY. Exciting matches were enjoyed by all, and it was a great opportunity for strong fighters around the world to come together for international camaraderie.

Info: Kyokushin Karate
265 Madison Ave., 5th Fl. (at 39th St.), New York, NY 10016
TEL: 212-947-3334 /

Up to $60 Off IH Rice Cookers

Kitchenware Central

Kitchenware Central has been offering a well curated collection of handpicked premier kitchen goods and essential home appliances to customers across the East Coast. Mention Chopsticks NY throughout the month of September and get up to $60 off Zojirushi or Tiger IH Rice Cookers. Also offered are 10% off other non-IH rice cookers and up to 20% off various other essential kitchen items. 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 /

Speed Dating & BBQ Party $10 OFF Event Entry, a matchmaking service specializing in connecting professional men with Japanese women, is hosting a Speed Dating event on Sept. 13 in New York City and a Barbecue Party in New Jersey on Sept. 14. All Chopsticks NY readers will get $10 off either, or each of the $50 events. also offers matchmaking consultations throughout the year in New York City.
TEL: 443-470-5750

57% Off Ear Acupuncture Special

iDO Holistic Center

Located in Midtown Manhattan, iDo Holistic Center focuses on holistic therapy treatments crucial for relieving stress and pain resulting from city living, work life and muscle strain. Specializing in Japanese acupuncture and Shiatsu massage, iDo Holistic Center is offering their ear acupuncture service for $49 (Reg. $115) throughout the month of September. Ears are full of pressure points that can be triggered with acupuncture needles to promote health, including weight loss and smoking cessation.
Location: 22 E. 49th St., 3rd Fl. (bet. Madison & 5th Aves.)
New York, NY 10017
TEL: 212-599-5300 /

10% Off Organic Spa Pedicure + Free Keratin Gloves Hand Spa

W nails

Popular for its Japan-style, gorgeous nail art designs and skilled Japanese nail art technicians, W nails opened its doors this past April in the Midtown East neighborhood. Throughout September, W nails is offering a special 10% off the Organic Spa Pedicure with complimentary hand spa treatment keratin gloves, to all clients that mention Chopsticks NY when making a reservation. The Organic Spa Pedicure includes cuticle treatment, organic spa mask, keratin socks, callous removal, 10 minute massage and pedicure.
Location: 1059 2nd Ave., (bet. 55th & 56th Sts.), New York, NY 10022
TEL: 212-355-3030 /

Free Diagnosis and Complete Examination

Do-in Seitai

Do-in Seitai will be offing a free diagnosis and complete examination of your condition (a $70 value) until the end of October. At Do-in Seitai Center, they offer seitai shiatsu, which is taken form ancient Japanese healing methods, and helps cure your chronic pain in the joints in your neck, back, shoulder and legs. Their goal is to cure pains so surgery is not needed.
Location: 141 E. 55th St., #2E
(bet. Lexington & 3rd Aves.)
New York, NY 10022
TEL: 212-697-9114

$20 Off Head Spa with Ritz

Salon Vijin

Salon Vijin stylists create sophisticated looks that are modern and chic as well as styles that are easy to maintain. Salon Vijin’s stylist, Ritz has over 15 years beauty experience. Until the end of September, customers getting a head spa with Ritz will get $20 off the price. At Salon Vijin you can reach your full beauty potential through a hairstyle that has been designed exclusively for you.
Location: 22 E. 1st St., (bet. Bowery & 2nd Ave.)
New York, NY 10003
TEL: 212-664-0664 (English) / 212-397-2222 (Japanese)

20% Off Services for New Customers

L.I. Wave

The Japanese stylists at the Long-Island based salon, L.I. Wave, use their advanced techniques, honed over years of training, to bring out the individuality of their clients through the styles they create for them. The salon also provides eyelash perm and gel nail services, and its relaxed atmosphere is an oasis of calm. Through Sept. 30, L.I. Wave is offering new customers 20% off any of its services; please be sure to mention Chopsticks NY when you make an appointment.
Location: 18 Haven Ave. (bet. Franklin Ave. & Main St.)
Port Washington, NY 11050
TEL: 516-883-3046 /

Special, Hands-on Art Events for Children


On July 18 in the midst of summer vacation, a global clothing company, UNIQLO, hosted a hands-on art workshop, inviting 40 children from across the city to UNIQLO’s 5th Avenue Flagship store on their SPRZ NY floor. This event was made possible in conjunction with the nonprofit Free Arts NYC and the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS). The children gathered at the store to learn about art, and had fun creating their own art-inspired T-shirts, inspired by the work of contemporary Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama who is featured in UNIQLO’s SPRZ line.

At the event, the children, ages 8-11, were guided through the SPRZ floor and viewed Kusama’s artwork and participated in discussions. Afterwards, the children were paired with volunteers and mentors from UNIQLO, DHS and Free Arts NYC, and enjoyed creating their artwork through exploring different mediums such as sketching, painting and stamping.

Free Arts NYC’s mission is to provide underserved children and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help them to foster the self-confidence and resiliency needed to realize their fullest potential, while the NYC DHS employs a variety of innovative strategies to help families and individuals successfully exit shelters and return to self-sufficiency, and art is a great outlet in which to do so. The project is truly something all of these children will be able to connect with, as art knows no bounds, and there are no mistakes in art. Commissioner Gilbert Taylor of the NYC DHS was in attendance.

Location: UNIQLO 5th Avenue Flagship Store,
666 5th Ave. at 54th St., New York, NY 10103
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Aged at 14°F for 1 year, this golden hued sake has a wonderful aroma and a transparent taste. Drink chilled in a large wine glass.