Pico Iyer to Speak at Asia Society 🗓 🗺

Pico Iyer—A Beginner’s Guide to Japan Monday, October 14 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Asia Society – 725 Park Avenue (at E. 70th Street) Admission: $20/$17 seniors and students/$15 members The quintessential global wanderer, Pico Iyer has published two books on Japan this year: Autumn Light and A Beginner’s Guide to Japan. After thirty-plus years in Japan, Iyer can use everything from anime to Oscar Wilde to show how … Continue reading Pico Iyer to Speak at Asia Society 🗓 🗺

Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju 🗓 🗺

Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju: The Love Suicides at Sonezaki Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, October 20 at 3:00 p.m. Monday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall – 10 Columbus Circle (Broadway at W. 60th Street) Admission: $20-$100 At the turn of 18th century Japan, a clerk and a courtesan … Continue reading Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju 🗓 🗺

Film Forum to Screen Japanese Movies Set in “Shitamachi” 🗓 🗺

Shitamachi Festival at Film Forum Friday, October 18 through Thursday, November 7 Film Forum – 209 W. Houston Street (between Varick Street and 6th Avenue) Admission: $15/$9 Film Forum members Shitamachi, a three-week, 38-film series spanning nearly eight decades of classic movies that are all set in “downtown” Tokyo, will run at Film Forum from Friday, October 18 through Thursday, November 7. The series is … Continue reading Film Forum to Screen Japanese Movies Set in “Shitamachi” 🗓 🗺

Jazz Singer TAEKO’s Album Release Concert 🗓 🗺

TAEKO Album Release Concert Thursday, October 10 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 5:00 p.m.) Birdland Jazz Club – 315 W. 44th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues) Admission: $30 ($10 food and beverage minimum) TAEKO, a Japanese-born, internationally acclaimed jazz singer based in New York, celebrates the release of her fourth album, Contemplation, at the historic Birdland Jazz Club on Thursday, October … Continue reading Jazz Singer TAEKO’s Album Release Concert 🗓 🗺

Celebrating World Sake Day in NYC

October marks the beginning of the sake brewing season in Japan. The month is perfectly situated for brewing, as it is just after the September rice harvest and leads into winter, which is the ideal time for fermentation. October 1st is celebrated as Nihonshu no Hi, or World Sake Day. It was officially designated as such by the Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association in … Continue reading Celebrating World Sake Day in NYC