It’s JapanCulture•NYC’s First Birthday!

Japanese culture, NYC, issho mochi, Happy Birthday

One year ago today, the first post on JapanCulture•NYC went live. To mark our first birthday, our logo is adorned with issho mochi, ceremonial rice cakes given to a child turning a year old in Japan.

Issho means a volume of roughly one kilogram, which is the weight of the two rice cakes the child receives, but it also means “a whole lifetime.” Hence, the issho mochi given to a child on its first birthday symbolizes the hope for good health and prosperity for the child’s entire life.

Like a child, JapanCulture•NYC is growing, learning, developing, and evolving. Yet another meaning of issho is “together,” and together with the Japanese, Japanese Americans, and Japan enthusiasts in this area, JapanCulture•NYC will continue to bring you stories about the people and events that make the Japanese community in New York so vibrant.

To celebrate our first birthday, JapanCulture•NYC attend Japan Block Fair as the official media sponsor, the perfect way to enjoy the Japanese food, culture, and spirit that are prevalent in New York today.