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“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
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Award-Winning Fukushima Sake Tastings 🗓 🗺

Award-Winning Fukushima Sake Tastings in NYC Friday, February 8 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Minoru’s Sake Shop at Landmark Wines and Spirits – 167 W. 23rd Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues) Admission: Free Last year 19 brands of sake from Fukushima earned the Gold Prize at the annual Japan Sake Awards. It marked a record sixth consecutive year the prefecture ranked number one … Continue reading Award-Winning Fukushima Sake Tastings 🗓 🗺
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Setsubun Marks the Coming of Spring

After last week’s below-freezing temperatures, New Yorkers are cheering that the next couple of days are in the 50s. Luckily, spring is almost here, and I don’t mean March 20, as the Gregorian calendar dictates. The lunar calendar, which Japan followed until the Meiji government made the switch while it was modernizing in 1873, puts the start date of spring six weeks earlier. In East Wind … Continue reading Setsubun Marks the Coming of Spring
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French Institute Alliance Française to Screen Isao Takahata’s “Only Yesterday” at Animation First 🗓 🗺

The second edition of Animation First, the only U.S. festival dedicated to French animation, takes place this weekend, running from Friday, January 25 through Sunday, January 27. Organized by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), a nonprofit dedicated to exploring the richness of French cultures, Animation First showcases the vast history, enduring ingenuity, and diversity of France’s renowned animation studios and schools. This year’s schedule … Continue reading French Institute Alliance Française to Screen Isao Takahata’s “Only Yesterday” at Animation First 🗓 🗺
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Support Japanese-Related Nonprofits on #GivingTuesday

We stuffed ourselves with Thanksgiving turkey, shopped ‘til we dropped on Black Friday, and purchased even more presents online during Cyber Monday. Now it’s time to give back to our communities on #GivingTuesday. Known as the start of the charitable season, #GivingTuesday is a global movement that encourages everyone to support a cause of their choice. That support can come in the form of a … Continue reading Support Japanese-Related Nonprofits on #GivingTuesday