Here is an updated look at how things are shaping up in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Resobox in Long Island City postponed the opening day for its latest exhibition, Geisha: The Golden Years 1870-1890, until Saturday, November 3 at noon. The opening reception that was originally scheduled for Friday night was moved to Monday, November 12 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
We just heard word that the JACL’s event honoring Nisei World War II veterans scheduled for Sunday, November 4 has been postponed to a date to be determined.
There are events going on as planned, however.
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. One good thing has come from the storm: Due to Hurricane Sandy and its lingering aftereffects, Seikadō Bunko Art Museum in Japan has graciously agreed to extend the loan of Hōitsu’s Waves screens by one week. The last day of the display of this beautiful piece of artwork, along with the piece that inspired it, Ogata Kōrin’sRough Waves from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was going to be this Sunday, but it is now Sunday, November 11.
Also on schedule is Japan Society’s sold-out family program, Celebratory Rituals for Children: Shichigosan (7-5-3) Ceremony. This Shinto ritual, which celebrates and appreciates the growth and good health of children ages 3, 5 and 7, will take place Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4, co-sponsored with the International Shinto Foundation.
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.
The Japan Foundation’s office on W. 57th Street is closed until further notice. The building is in the vicinity of the fallen crane.
Japanese grocery store Mitsuwa in Edgewater, New Jersey, reopened this morning and will be opened until 4:00 p.m., but with only dry goods for sale. They set up a charging station so that customers can charge their cell phones. Unfortunately, there is still no shuttle service between Manhattan and Mitsuwa.
From AsianinNY: Until 4 p.m. today, the NYC Food Truck Association in conjunction with Jet Blue will give away FREE meals to the powerless in lower Manhattan and the Rockaways. Here are the locations:
- 19th Street and 8th Avenue
- Washington Square and W. 4th Street
- Beach 50th and Beach Channel Drive
- Astor Place
- Tompkins Square Park
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 susan@JapanCulture-NYC.com.
Stay safe, everyone!