Obon, bon odori, New York Buddhist Church, NYC, Japan, Japanese traditions, Bryant Park, Buddhism, ancestors

70th Annual Obon Dance Festival 🗓 🗺

70th Annual Obon Dance Festival Sunday, July 14 from 12:45 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Bryant Park – 42nd Street and 6th Avenue Admission: Free The New York Buddhist Church presents the 70th annual Obon Dance Festival at Bryant Park. Honor your ancestors through dance with NYBC members and performances by taiko drumming sensation Soh Daiko and the Tachibana Dance Group. In the Buddhist observance of … Continue reading 70th Annual Obon Dance Festival 🗓 🗺
Tanabata, folklore, legends, Japan, NYC, Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, Japanese American Association of New York, Riverside Park, tanzaku, wishes, Princess Orihime, Hikoboshi, stars, astronomy

Amateur Astronomers Association and Japanese American Association’s Tanabata Festival 🗓

Amateur Astronomers Association and Japanese American Association’s Tanabata Festival Saturday, July 13 from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Riverside Park – 116th Street Overlook Admission: Free The Amateur Astronomers Association of New York will partner with Japanese and Japanese American groups to hold the fourth annual stargazing Tanabata Festival. AAA members with telescopes will show guests the night sky and tell the folk tale of … Continue reading Amateur Astronomers Association and Japanese American Association’s Tanabata Festival 🗓
Kyo-Shin-An Arts, recital, shakuhachi, James Nyoraku Schlefer, music, Japanese traditional music, honkyoku, Zen monks, komuso, NYC, Japan, Tenri Cultural Institute, Arts at Tenri

NYC Sake Walking Tour 🗓 🗺

NYC Sake Walking Tour Tuesday, June 9 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. SakaMai – 157 Ludlow Street (between Stanton and Rivington Streets) Admission: $160 Join Sake Samurais Chizuko Niikawa-Helton and Timothy Sullivan on a private sake walking tour on the Lower East Side of New York City. Over the course of three hours, two sake samurais, whose passion it is to share sake, will … Continue reading NYC Sake Walking Tour 🗓 🗺
podcasts, The Big Root, daikon, Japaneseness, interviews, Toshiki Nakashige, Feature, Features, Featured

The Big Root Podcast Spotlights Everywhere Japaneseness

Time for a shameless plug! I’d like to introduce The Big Root, a new podcast that I am co-hosting and co-producing. The Big Root is the brainchild of Toshiki Nakashige, a chemist with a Ph.D. from MIT. He already has a podcast called Scientist, but he wanted to focus on “Japaneseness,” or how the experiences of Japanese Americans inform their individual takes on what it … Continue reading The Big Root Podcast Spotlights Everywhere Japaneseness
Soh Daiko, taiko, drums, Japanese traditions, New York Buddhist Church, NYC, Japan, Shinto traditions, Buddhist traditions

Soh Daiko to Celebrate Its 40th Anniversary 🗓 🗺

Soh Daiko 40th Anniversary Concert Saturday, June 22 at 2:00 p.m. Miller Theater at Columbia University – 2960 Broadway at 116th Street Admission: $30 in advance/$35 at the door Taiko is the Japanese word for drum. Developed out of ancient agricultural rites and the music of Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, taiko was used for ritual entertainments and festivals to summon gods and spirits, to … Continue reading Soh Daiko to Celebrate Its 40th Anniversary 🗓 🗺