20 for 2020: Japanese Restaurants in NYC Earn Michelin Stars

With the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games just nine months away, it seems only fitting that 20 New York-based Japanese restaurants would earn Michelin stars. The world’s oldest restaurant guide announced the New York City restaurants elected to receive the coveted accolades. Seventy-six restaurants in New York City earned stars, and 20 of them are establishments specializing in Japanese cuisine. Not much has changed … Continue reading 20 for 2020: Japanese Restaurants in NYC Earn Michelin Stars

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

New York Butoh Institute Festival 19 🗓 🗺

New York Butoh Institute Festival 19 Thursday, October 17 through Sunday, October 27 Theater for the New City – 155 First Avenue (between 9th and 10th Streets) Admission: $18-$20 New York Butoh Institute presents the New York Butoh Institute Festival 19. The seven-night festival marks the 60th anniversary of the Japanese performance art form Butoh. Curated by New York Butoh Institute’s founder, Vangeline, the Festival … Continue reading New York Butoh Institute Festival 19 🗓 🗺
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The Beauty of Japanese Nail Art

For a recording of a recent episode of The Big Root, a podcast I co-host and co-produce with Toshiki Nakashige, I had the pleasure of interviewing Erina Yoshida of Beauty by Sunrise. Our chosen Japanese-related activity—something Toshiki and I do with each episode—was to chat with Erina while she was getting a Japanese manicure. We went to Studio L, a Japanese nail salon in the … Continue reading The Beauty of Japanese Nail Art
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Experience Fukushima Sake in NYC

For the seventh consecutive year, sake from Fukushima Prefecture won the most Gold Prizes at the Japan Sake Awards. Twenty-two Fukushima sake received the honor, marking the first time a prefecture was named “No. 1 Sake in Japan” seven years in a row. The prestigious sake competition dates back to 1911. The National Research Institute of Brewing and the Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association … Continue reading Experience Fukushima Sake in NYC