The past few years have certainly been different for everyone. We spent way more time indoors and isolated than we ever expected. We cut our outings and social calendar down significantly. Some spent the height of lockdown finally “Marie Kondo-ing” their places and truly downsizing. Due to that, for our first gift guide of the 2022 holiday season, we are suggesting giving the gift of experience rather than an object. Gifting an experience instead of a physical present is an amazing way to create memories for your recipient.
In JapanCulture•NYC’s 2022 Holiday Gift Guide (Part I) is a curated list of various activities for either the gift recipient to enjoy on their own or something you can do together. Please see our suggestions below and check out each listing’s website or social media for full details, pricing, dates and availability.
Kimono Style exhibit currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
This exhibition follows the transformation of late Edo-period kimono through the early 20th century, as the Japanese garment adapted to fit the lifestyle of a modern woman. Explore more than 60 displayed kimono shown with paintings, prints, decorative art objects, and Western garments influenced by Japanese design.
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art — 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028
Now through February 20, 2023
For more details please check out our previous post here.
Still want to gift something physical plus this museum experience? Why not purchase the exhibit catalog and include a note saying they are going to the exhibit, too!
Classes at RESOBOX
RESOBOX is a Japanese cultural center with spaces in both Queens and Manhattan, dedicated to sharing and celebrating Japanese influence in the arts. They offer a wide range of authentic Japanese activities, events, classes, art exhibitions and even cuisine at various events throughout the year. Here is a sampling of a few classes or workshops they have coming up:
Sumi-E Japanese Ink Painting Workshop
Location: RESOBOX — 91 E. 3rd Street, New York, NY 10003
In person dates: December 6, December 20, January 17, January 31.
Two sessions available: 6:15 p.m. until 7:20 p.m. or 7:45 p.m. until 8:50 p.m.
Virtual dates: December 10 and January 21 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Japanese Classical Dance Workshop – Nihon-Buyo
Location: RESOBOX — 44-02 23rd Street #216, Long Island City, NY 11101
Dates: Every Wednesday from 6:45 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are available for one class or a bundle of five tickets. Go to RESOBOX’s website for details and to register.
Dates: First Sunday of the month from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Origami with Taro
Taro’s Origami Studio has a new location at the newly opened The Loft on the second floor at Japan Village. They offer drop-in folding, classes, as well as private or group lessons. We suggest going there in advance to purchase origami supplies or books to give as a physical gift to accompany the gift of a class.
Location: The Loft at Japan Village — 934 3rd Avenue (2nd Floor), Brooklyn, NY 11232
Contact Taro’s for store hours or class details:
KaedeNYC has teamed up with Aoyama Kimono Gakuin from Japan to offer kimono dressing certificate courses. Give the gift of either a basic kimono nine-class course; an advanced kimono seven-class course; or a two-class, 90-minute series beginner yukata course.
Location: 224 W. 35th Street, Suite 1406, New York, NY 10001
Sign up here to request a quote.
Samurai and Ninja Combat Arts
Muzosa Bujinkan Dojo of NYC offers classes for adults, youths, and children as well as online classes. This dojo focuses on nine distinct schools of ancient Japanese martial arts. Check out their class schedule listings to find one that would be most appropriate for a loved one on your gift list.
Location and times vary based on the class; please check the schedule for full details.
Learn Japanese Pottery
NY Togei Kyoshitsu is a pottery studio that offers classes using traditional Japanese pottery artistries. With classes in both English and Japanese, one-day and multi-week classes are available. Instructors teach the various Japanese techniques of hand building and wheel throwing classes.
Location: 5 W. 30th Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10001
Please check with them for their current hours and to inquire about classes.
Batsu! NYC brings the Japanese style of comedy known as a batsu game, where comedians compete in challenges that result in the losers receiving a punishment, to the East Village of NYC. Your gift recipient will be transported to Tokyo with authentic food, drink, and over-the-top entertainment.
Location: 67 1st Avenue at the corner of 1st Avenue and E. 4th Street (Entrance is on the E. 4th side), New York, NY 10003
Tickets available here, but don’t hesitate because they often sell out!
We hope our list has inspired you to give the gift of a unique experience or perhaps check out something new for yourself!