Hurricane Sandy Causes Disruptions in Japanese-Related Events in NYC

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Hurricane Sandy floods Chelsea on Monday night

JapanCulture•NYC hopes that everyone is safe, warm, and dry in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The superstorm has caused all sorts of problems, including the disruption of events.

First, Tisa Chang, Artistic Producing Director of Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, announced that tonight’s kickoff dinner has been postponed. The event, which will honor community leaders Julie Azuma, Tamio Spiegel, and Mei Hua Society, will be rescheduled to a later date to be announced.

Performances of Jeanne Sakata’s one-man play Hold These Truths are cancelled through Friday, November 2. Check with Epic Theatre Ensemble for details during the weekend.

There are events going on as planned, however. Resobox in Long Island City will have its opening reception for its latest exhibition, Geisha: The Golden Years 1870-1890. JAA’s bazaar is still going on Saturday, November 3 at their office at 15 W. 44th Street, 11th Floor. Call 212.840.6942 for more details.

Japan Society is closing an hour earlier Friday (at 5:00 p.m.), but will be operating on regular hours this weekend. So if you have cabin fever, go see their brilliant exhibition on the works of artist Sakai Hoitsu.

We’re still awaiting word of the JACL’s event honoring Nisei World War II veterans on Sunday, November 4. We’ll let you know as soon as possible.

We’ve heard that the Japanese Consulate is allowing members of the Japanese community who have had power outages due to Hurricane Sandy to charge their cell phones at the consulate office at 299 Park Avenue between 48th and 49th Streets. The consulate hours are 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Of course, many Japanese restaurants and businesses have been affected by the storm and power outages. Call ahead or check your favorite restaurants’ Facebook and Twitter pages before making the trek.

If you have any information on cancellations or postponements due to Hurricane Sandy, please send an e-mail to

Stay safe, everyone!