JapanCulture•NYC strives to be the leading English-language resource for Japanese culture in New York City, highlighting the people and activities of New York’s Japanese and Japanese American community.
From the arts to food to everything in between, JapanCulture•NYC looks for the best of Japanese culture the city has to offer.
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SUSAN MIYAGI HAMAKER
Founder, Writer, Editor
With a white American father and an Okinawan mother, Susan Miyagi McCormac Hamaker gave little regard to her Japanese heritage while growing up in a small town in North Carolina. She began studying Japanese at the age of thirty, finding it one of the most difficult and most fascinating things she’s ever done.
Now completely obsessed with Japan, Susan visits the country as often as she can and tries to find the language and culture wherever she goes. She’s fortunate to live in New York City, where there is no shortagemof restaurants, shops, art exhibits, concerts, events, and people related to her favorite place.
Susan continues to study the language and looks for the intersection between traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. Her goal with JapanCulture•NYC is not only to educate non-Japanese people about Japan, but also to strengthen the Japanese and Japanese American community in New York.
Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @japanculturenyc.
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As a kindergartener, Jen Green appeared in the Japanese play Momotaro, which sparked her love of all things Japanese. An accessories designer who has worked in the fashion industry for more than 15 years, Jen travels to Tokyo twice a year in search of inspiration.
She started studying fashion when she was young, taking college classes while she was still in high school. In 2001 she discovered the book FRUiTS at a salon. It put Japanese street fashion on the map for her, and now she runs into Lolitas on the streets of Harajuku during her trips to Tokyo.
For JC•NYC Jen covers Japanese fashion stories from traditional kimono to contemporary kawaii looks. Follow her adventures in New York and Japan on Instagram at @jenpanese.
DANIELLE ‘DANNIE’ PIERCE
Arts & Entertainment Editor
Danielle “Dannie” Pierce is a College of Staten Island graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Studio Arts and has many years of experience in applied/studio arts and art history. Specializing in oil painting and traditional anime/manga style illustrations, Dannie has exhibited her works in many galleries.
She has held occupations as the former Office Administrator at Art Lab, Inc., Staten Island’s premier fine and applied arts school and gallery, as well as former Assistant Director of Onishi Gallery, a Chelsea gallery that features contemporary Japanese artists who work in a variety of media.
Dannie is an avid admirer of Japanese art, food, culture, and language, and contributing stories to JC•NYC combines her two loves: art and Japan. Follow her on YouTube at ChangoestoJapan and Instagram at @kawaiidchan.
New Jersey Reporter
Pat Kinney is a journalist specializing in Japanese food and culture. A New Jersey native, Pat has been in close contact with the Japanese community in the Fort Lee area for 30 years.
She has taught Japanese cooking at the New School and wrote the column “Neighbors from Japan” in the New Jersey Record for a decade. Pat was a tour leader to Japan for the Smithsonian and once appeared on an NHK episode of “The New Yorkers” called “Pat Kinney, Let’s Sushi!”
You can see Pat perform with Harmony Basket, Japanese Women’s Chorus.