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Rare and Delicious Sweets from Kobe Fugetsudo

June 10-20

Kobe Fugetsudo

Mitsuwa Marketplace will be holding its annual summer event unveiling special Japanese foods for a limited time. Amongst the rare and delicious offerings to be sold are seven kinds of Japanese sweets and other style sweets from Kobe Fugetsudo. Some of the types include Kashiwa mochi, Kobe castella, Kobe chiffon cake, Kobe roll cake and Rokko cheese cake. They are all premium sweets made from the highest quality ingredients and carefully baked to a perfect finish.

Ever since its establishment, Kobe Fugetsudo has been known for its combination of Japanese and Western confectionery. Based on the company’s concept of: “The deliverance of sweets to satisfy our customers will continue from one era to another,” Kobe Fugetsudo intends to expand the production of its sweets by utilizing the “Wa,” or Japanese ingredients and technique, along with the “Yo,” or Western sense of colorful expression. Why not find out for yourself just how well this combination works?
Location: Mitsuwa Marketplace
595 River Rd, Edgewater, NJ 07020
About Kobe Fugetsudo: (Japanese only)


July 14-24

Japan Society

JAPAN CUTS 2016: Festival of New Japanese Film is North America’s largest Japanese film festival featuring the best of new Japanese cinema. For eleven days, screenings are accompanied by special guest filmmakers and actors, post-screening Q&A, parties, giveaways, and much more. The festival features a variety of genres such as animation, documentaries, blockbusters, and independent films. JAPAN CUTS 2016’ opening film this year is Mohican Comes Home, directed by Shuichi Okita and the closing film is The Actor, directed by Satoko Yokohama. This year’s centerpiece film is The Shell Collector, directed by Yoshifumi Tsubota.
JAPAN CUTS 2016 is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special discount offer. Purchase tickets for at least 5 different films in the same transaction and receive $2 off each ticket. Special offer available only at Japan Society box office or by telephone at 212-715-1258. Offer not valid for the July 14 screening of Mohican Comes Home or the July 21 screening of The Shell Collector.
Location: 333 E. 47th St., (bet. 1st & 2nd Aves.)
New York, NY 10017
TEL: 212-715-1258 /


Ayakoh Furukawa Leonart Exhibition

June 15-26

Gallery onetwentyeight

Gallery onetwentyeight will be featuring Ayakoh Furukawa Leonart’s exhibition “Can Art Be A Form of Prayer?” Its concept is that of a life-size drawing comprised of lines of letters which directly address topics such as peace, feminism and social issues. There is also a message from the artist incorporated into her work. The piece seeks to have viewers look for the messages that make up the larger image.
Location: 128 Rivington St., (at Norfolk St.)
New York, NY 10002
TEL: 212-674-0244 /

Rewind Exhibition

June 9-August 7

Asia Society

Rewind: Selections from the Harold and Ruth Newman New Media Collection commemorates Asia Society’s 60th Anniversary and honors the Newman family for their support of the Museum’s mission in collecting Asian Art into the twenty-first century. The Rewind Exhibition includes thirty-five objects by twenty-three artists from eight countries. This includes seminal works by Cao Fei, Dinh Q. Lê, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Koki Tanaka, and Yang Fudong, among many others. This exhibition will also be accompanied by the In and Out of Context: Asia Society Celebrates the Collections at 60, displaying historical and contemporary Asian art gifted by John D. Rockefeller 3rd.
Location: 725 Park Ave., (bet. E. 70th and E. 71st Sts.), New York, NY 10021
TEL: 212-288-6400


Compilation Album Release and Jazz Live Performances

May 7, June 4 & July 2

Monday Michiru

Jazz musician, Monday Michiru, released her new album, PORTRAITS IN TIME: 2002-2013 from Adventure Music this April. The album is a double compilation CD featuring her works from 2002 to 2013. Celebrating this, Michiru will have a series of live performances, each of which showcases her different side and expertise; jazz, Brazilian music, acoustic sounds, etc. One of the nights will simply be a trio setting that will be her next project.
Location: Club Bonafide
21 E. 52nd St., (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), New York, NY 10022 /

Kanze Noh Theatre

July 13-17

Lincoln Center Festival

Lincoln Center Festival opens on July 13 with one of Japan’s oldest and most venerated Noh theater companies, Kanze Noh Theatre, led by Kiyokazu Kanze, the 26th Grand Master of the Kanze School and a blood descendent of the founders of Noh. Noh, Japan’s approximately 700-year-old classical theater art of extreme refinement is known for its resplendent costumes and masks, hypnotic music, and intricately stylized performance on an austere set featuring a single pine tree. In a Noh play the divide between the natural and supernatural is bridged as spirits and humans interact in a world rife with symbolism. Kanze Noh Theatre will give six performances, July 13-17 on an official Noh stage that is being specially built in Japan for the Lincoln Center Festival.
Location: Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall
Time Warner Center, Broadway at 60th St.

Takarazuka CHICAGO

July 20-24

Lincoln Center Festival

The Takarazuka Revue is an all female troupe from Japan. It has been renowned for its gender-bender adaptations of classical Japanese and Western stories from the debut performance in 1914. With over 2.5 million audience members attending their performances annually, they have become cultural phenomena since then. From July 20 - 24 in 2016, they will be performing the award-winning musical, Chicago, as a part of the Lincoln Center Festival (July 13-31). They will be singing the complete Kander & Ebb classic songs in Japanese and performing Bob Fosse’s choreography.
Location: 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, (65th St. & Broadway)
New York, NY 10023
TEL: 212-721-6500 /

“The Graceful Night in New York” - Nao Mitsuya Live Concert featuring Senri Oe

July 24

Nao Mitsuya, veteran musical performer and alumni of Japanese theatre company, Takarazuka Revue, will be performing “The Graceful Night in New York” at the Duplex. She is presenting songs from her album “Glory of Love”, featuring Broadway, Jazz, Opera, and iconic songs from the Takarazuka Revue of Japan. The concert will be accompanied by a guest star, Senri Oe, New York-based jazz pianist/composer.
Location: The Duplex
61 Christopher St., (at 7th Ave.), New York, NY 10014
TEL: 212-255-5438 /


Summer School for Learning Japanese Culture

June 27 - September 2

Friends Academy of Japanese Children’s Society

The Japanese Children’s Society offers summer school for children from 3 years old to high school students as well as parents and children (1-3 years old). The school teaches a variety of courses such as swimming and Japanese culture, etc. and programs are divided by age group. Programs for children from 3-6 years old are designed under the theme of “Learn Japanese Culture”, and topics will alternate weekly. They accept applications weekly, and have a babysitting service in the early morning and after school with a complimentary bento for lunch. From Aug. 22 to Sept. 2, they will also accept a daily application. Middle school students may take Science workshops based on their choice. High school students are offered a variety of lessons from learning about Science, Math and even Cooking. For details, go to their website.
Location: 310 W. 103rd St. (bet. West End Ave. & Riverside Dr.)
New York, NY 10025
TEL: 212-935-8535 /

Japanese Language Summer Courses

July 26-August 10

The Japan Foundation/The Nippon Club

The Japan Foundation offers a special 3-session summer workshop to learn essential Japanese phrases and expressions for everyday situations. Workshops are offered at two levels, Introductory and Elementary levels. The cost of this 3-session workshop is $50 with materials included. Pre-registration is required to attend. To register, send an email to by July 18, including name, phone number, e-mail address, Japanese language proficiency and workshop dates you would like to attend.
Location: The Nippon Club
145 W. 57th St., (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.), New York, NY 10019
TEL: 212-489-0299 /


Cosplay Contest at Naruto Ramen

July 1-August 21 (Weekend Only)

Naruto Ramen Upper West Side

The Upper West Side location of the Naruto Ramen chain is hosting a unique “cosplayer” promotion, offering free special menus for those who come in costume on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from July 1 to August 21. Kids dressed in costume will receive an extra gift. Also, pictures of the costumes will be posted on instagram, and whoever has the most “Likes” on their post will receive special goods from Naruto Ramen, such as a t-shirt, a ramen bowl or a mug cup.
Location: 2634 Broadway, (at 100th St.), New York, NY 10025
TEL: 212-222-0229 /

French Cheese Paired with Sake

July 11

Asian Women in Business (AWIB)

Join AWIB for a special evening at the new French Cheese Board in SOHO for a cheese and sake pairing. The evening includes a discussion on the variety of cheese and the diversity of sake and how the pairings enhance the flavors of both. Attendees will be guided by a surprise special guest to enjoy samples of emmental, brie, mimolette, and other cheese with assorted sake.
Location: 41 Spring St., (bet. Mott & Mulberry Sts.)
New York, NY 10012
TEL: 212-868-1368 /


Mr. Motoatsu Sakurai Received Edmonds Award for International Understanding

The International House

On June 7, the International House, home to the next generation of global leaders in various fields such as business, the arts, and politics, held the 2016 International House Award Gala at the Rainbow Room., celebrating significant contributions to leadership and cross-cultural understanding, both within our immediate community and on a global scale. Mr. Motoatsu Sakurai, President of Japan Society and a former Mitsubishi executive and Ambassador and Consul General of Japan, received the Edmonds Award for International Understanding for his achievements. During his reception speech, Mr. Sakurai talked about the relationship between Japan and the U.S. since World War II, economical development, and cross-cultural exchange of the two countries, which have made their ties stronger. During the event, two other International House’s supporters, Kenneth I. Chenault and Kathleen Ingrid Burns were also awarded for their contribution.

“Red is the First Color” - Fall 2016 Collection Launch Event


Shiseido, Japan’s leading cosmetics and skincare company operated globally, held a launch party for the Fall 2016 collection at newly opened Eden Fine Art Gallery on May 18. With special speaker and artistic director, Dick Page, the event introduced the Rouge Rouge lipstick series consisting of 16 different shades of red based on five concepts, Basic Red, Blending Red, Vivid Red, Intense Red and Diffused Red. Mr. Page talked about the relationship between women and the concept of “red”. Also, the new formula features a rich, creamy texture which adheres perfectly and evenly onto the lips, allowing the color, luster and moisture to become one with your lips.

During the event, with about 80 attendees, 4 professional makeup artists helped the guests pick which color fit their style the best.

10% Discount for New Customers

Tomoko Shima Hair Salon Downtown

Tomoko Shima Hair Salon is dedicated to providing the best hair styling for their clients by having a diverse staff who specialize in different hair types and styles. The downtown location of Tomoko Shima Hair Salon is offering a 10% discount for new customers who join the Loyalty Club through Flok, a mobile punch card. Customers can also receive a free 30 minute head spa after any 8 services. Also, every Friday starting this July, Tomoko Shima Hair Salon Downtown is offering free use of their private backyard with a complimentary drink, before or after your service, allowing new and old customers to relax from the busy city life.
Location: 235 W. 14th St., (bet. 7th & 8th Aves.), New York, NY 10011
TEL: 646-438-9277 /

$100 Discount for Cut & Coloring Services

Hair by Miyu (at Ruby 6)

Miyu Asakawa is a hair stylist with over 25 years of experience. With her proficiency in haircut and hair coloring, she has worked with private clients, celebrities and fashion shows. For this July only, Chopsticks NY readers who make an appointment with Miyu can receive $100 off on cut and coloring services.
Location: 204 E. 6th St., (bet. 2nd Ave. & Cooper Sq.)
New York, NY 10003 / TEL: 917-405-6639 / Instagram: @hair_by_Miyu

$33 Thai Cuisine Course for Two

Songkran Thai Kitchen

Songkran Thai Kitchen is a cozy dining place located in Chelsea, which serves contemporary Thai food, reflecting the authentic flavors of Thai cuisine. This July, only on weekends, a party of two can enjoy a 3-course Thai food meal for $33. The course includes appetizer, main course, dessert, and drink for two people. Mention Chopsticks NY when making a reservation.
Location: 330 8th Ave., (bet. 26th & 27th Sts.), New York, NY 10001
TEL: 212-239-8792 /

50% Off Original Sake Sangria

Salt + Charcoal

The up and coming Japanese restaurant in Williamsburg, Salt + Charcoal offers delicious Japanese foods prepared in Robata (char-wood grill) style cooking. Until the end of July, Salt + Charcoal is offering a 50% discount on their Sake Sangria (Reg. $10). The drink is created by their bar director, mixologist and sake sommelier, Yumi Nemoto, who was titled a finalist in the 2014 World’s Most Imaginative Bartender competition hosted by Bombay Sapphire and a champion in the 360 VODKA INTERNATIONAL COCKTAIL COMPETITION.
Location: 171 Grand St., (at Bedford Ave.), Brooklyn, NY 11249
TEL: 718-782-2087 /

1 Free Bento with More Than Five Orders

shiki nyc

Healthy, handcrafted Japanese bento delivery and catering service, shiki nyc, is offering a special promotion for first time customers until the end of July. Those who place an order for 5 or more bento boxes (Omakase A or B only) for the first time will receive one complimentary bento box. Founded by former fashion editor whose mother and grandmother are cooking instructors in Japan, shiki nyc’s menu are nutritiously well-balanced, beautiful and tasty.
Info: Instagram: @shikinyc / / TEL: 646-668-0175

Introducing a 4-Course Seasonal Yakitori Tasting Menu


Opened in the NOMAD neighborhood this March, TEISUI is a unique yakitori (grilled skewer) kaiseki specialty restaurant, serving a 10 course meal for $150 with no tip acceptance. The restaurant is the first New York branch of renowned ryokan, HOTEL TEISUI located in the Oga Peninsula in Akita Prefecture, and they are bringing refined, traditional yakitori with Western influence. This summer, they are offering a 4 course seasonal tasting menu for $40 (with no tip). It is a great introductory to TEISUI’s excellent yakitori dishes with their original concept.
Location: 246 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10001
TEL: 917-388-3596
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