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
Bon Odori, Japan Performing Arts, obon, Japanese traditions, Japanese festivals, Governors Island, NYC, Japan

Japan Performing Arts Bon Odori Festival on Governors Island 🗓 🗺

Japan Performing Arts Bon Odori Festival Friday, August 30 from 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Saturday, August 31 from noon until 9:00 p.m. Governors Island – Outlook Hill and Nolan Park Admission: Free Japan Performing Arts (JPA), a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing Japanese traditional performing arts to New York, is hosting a two-day Bon Odori Festival on Governors Island. In the Buddhist observance of … Continue reading Japan Performing Arts Bon Odori Festival on Governors Island 🗓 🗺
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Kyoto Animation Fundraiser 🗓 🗺

Kyoto Animation Fundraiser Hosted by Yuzuru of A Silent Voice Friday, August 23 from 6:30 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. Madame X – 94 W. Houston Street (between Thompson Street and LaGuardia Place) Admission: $14.99 in advance/$25 at the door On July 18 an arsonist set fire to the three-story building housing Kyoto Animation, an animation production company, killing 35 people, including anime director Yasuhiro Takemoto, … Continue reading Kyoto Animation Fundraiser 🗓 🗺