Soh Daiko, taiko, drums, Japanese traditions, New York Buddhist Church, NYC, Japan, Shinto traditions, Buddhist traditions

Soh Daiko to Celebrate Its 40th Anniversary 🗓 🗺

Soh Daiko 40th Anniversary Concert Saturday, June 22 at 2:00 p.m. Miller Theater at Columbia University – 2960 Broadway at 116th Street Admission: $30 in advance/$35 at the door Taiko is the Japanese word for drum. Developed out of ancient agricultural rites and the music of Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, taiko was used for ritual entertainments and festivals to summon gods and spirits, to … Continue reading Soh Daiko to Celebrate Its 40th Anniversary 🗓 🗺
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Sakura Matsuri, cherry blossom festival, cherry blossoms, sakura, Japan, NYC, Brooklyn, Japanese traditions

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri 🗓 🗺

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Brooklyn Botanic Garden – 150 Eastern Parkway and 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn Admission: $30/$25 Seniors and Students/Free Children 12 and under (with ticketholder) and BBG members New York’s rite of spring and the nation’s largest event in a public garden, BBG’s Sakura Matsuri features performances, demonstrations, and … Continue reading Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri 🗓 🗺
KOKA, calligraphy, Japanese traditions, exhibition, J-Collabo, Brooklyn, NYC, Japan

KOKA Calligraphy Solo Exhibition at J-Collabo 🗓 🗺

KOKA Calligraphy Solo Exhibition Thursday, February 7 through Monday, February 11 from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Opening Reception: Saturday, February 9 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. J-Collabo – 300 7th Street, Brooklyn Admission: Free Japanese calligrapher KOKA will have her first solo exhibition at J-Collabo in Brooklyn. Based in New York and Tokyo, KOKA (real name: Hikaru Yamasaki) has thirteen years of experience … Continue reading KOKA Calligraphy Solo Exhibition at J-Collabo 🗓 🗺
Setsubun, spring, lunar calendar, Japan, NYC, Japanese customs, Japanese traditions, oni, good fortune, luck, makimame

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
Kaede Kimono, kimono, Japanese traditions, fashion, Japanese fashion, NYC, Japan, swap meet

February Kimono Swap Meet at Kaede 🗓 🗺

February Kimono Swap Meet Saturday, February 9 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Kaede NY Kimono Sales and Rental – 246 W. 38th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues), Room #1102 Admission: Free Head over to Kaede Kimono’s new space in the Garment District for their first swap meet of 2019! Bring your unwanted kimono and kitsuke accessories and trade with other kimono collectors. Knowledgeable … Continue reading February Kimono Swap Meet at Kaede 🗓 🗺