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 🗓 🗺

New York Japan CineFest to Bring 16 Short Films to Asia Society 🗓 🗺

New York Japan CineFest 2019 Wednesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 6 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. Asia Society – 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street Admission: $12/$10 seniors and students/$8 members Highlighting some of the most exciting new voices in cinema, New York Japan CineFest presents two nights of 16 total short films by emerging Japanese and Japanese American filmmakers. Genres span from … Continue reading New York Japan CineFest to Bring 16 Short Films to Asia Society 🗓 🗺
Adam Isfendiyar, photography, Ainu, Japan, Hokkaido, NYC, Japan Society, New York Day of Remembrance, American Indian Community House, JAA, ICP Museum

Master—An Ainu Story with Photographer Adam Isfendiyar at Japan Society 🗓 🗺

Master—An Ainu Story with Photographer Adam Isfendiyar Thursday, May 23 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Japan Society 333 E. 47th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues) Admission: Free Master—An Ainu Story, a photographic documentary by Adam Isfendiyar, tells the story of the Ainu people and the life of Kenji Matsuda, a member of the Ainu community in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost prefecture. Isfendiyar’s talk covers … Continue reading Master—An Ainu Story with Photographer Adam Isfendiyar at Japan Society 🗓 🗺
Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, WHCO, music, Toru Takemitsu, A Thousand Cranes, concert, orchestra, Kenji Bunch, Karen Tanaka, Christopher Theofanidis

“A Thousand Cranes” Offers a Taste of the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra’s Diverse Programming

In the early 1940s, Duke Ellington implored us to “Take the ‘A’ Train” to Sugar Hill in Harlem. If you take it a few more stops to 181st Street, you’ll come upon the Fort Washington Collegiate Church, where you can hear the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra perform monthly concerts that go beyond the typical classical music fare of the Three B’s: Beethoven, Bach, and Brahms. … Continue reading “A Thousand Cranes” Offers a Taste of the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra’s Diverse Programming