25 August 2009
Judging by the ginormous crowd that showed up last Sunday, we'd say the NYC Japan Street Fair was definitely a huge success. There were so many people that the staff worked nonstop selling tickets and serving everyone there. We didn't even get a chance to tweet about it because we were so busy! And despite the sweltering heat and occasional rain, people young and old, families, cosplayers, foodies, still made their way to the Fair! Your enthusiasm means a whole lot to the Japanese companies and restaurants exhibiting there. Thank you so much for coming! As promised, here are some photos of the Fair.
Walking through the block was a test in temptation. The air was saturated with the scent and smoke of the grilling Japanese tonton pork, BBQ beef, misoyaki, and okonomiyaki. A huge hit was Otafuku Foods' okonomiyaki (and their mouthwatering sauce). The line at their booth was 45 minutes long! Inakaya restaurant's mochitsuki-making demonstration was also well-raved about. They let people help them pound mochi with the giant mallets. The performances gave the Fair a festive soundtrack, and the bands and martial arts groups were greatly popular as well. Overall, it seemed like everyone had a good time and had a chance to experience Japan for a day. What did you think about the Fair? We'd like to hear your feedback!
22 August 2009
The NYC Japan Street Fair is TOMORROW! We're so excited! We're honored to have major magazines publicize the Fair and even have some TV networks report about it tomorrow, which is unbelievably awesome. Also, much thanks to the fabulous attention we received from the Twitter world and blogospheres! We love your enthusiasm. We just hope the weather will be kind to us. The forecast says 40% chance of showers - not too much to worry about but fingers crossed! We hope everyone has a great time enjoying your okonomiyaki, udon, konnyaku, chocolate soymilk, tabi socks, the performances, and more at the NYC Japan Street Fair! Remember, the NYC Japan Street Fair is part of the larger street fair on Madison Avenue that spans 15 blocks, up to 57th Street. After you get your fill of the NYC Japan Street Fair, you still got 14 more blocks of street fair to see. Got general questions? Feel free to ask the ticket booth (#40). Thanks a ton and see you all there!
20 August 2009
Performing at 12 to 1 PM at the Fair will be Nobuki Takamen, who leads his own group, the NOBUKI TAKAMEN GROUP, which performs his original compositions and arrangements throughout the tri-state area. A mainstay of the New York jazz scene, he has also performed at jazz festivals, including the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 2009, the Medicine Hat Jazz Fest 2009, the Calgary Jazz Festival 2009, the Rochester International Jazz Festival 2007, and toured annually throughout Japan since 2004.
Nobuki has two albums as a leader released from What's New Records. Both the first album, Bull's Blues (2006), and the second, FROM NOW ON (2008) are comprised entirely of his original compositions an! d have b een featured in DownBeat, Just Jazz Guitar, AllAboutJazz, Jazz Guitar Book, LA Jazz Scene, Jazz Life Magazine and Swing Journal.
The group performed at Iridium Jazz Club in NYC in July 2009. This performance was recorded live and it is to be released as his third album, Live at the Iridium in 2010.
Nobuki endorses Acoustic Image Amplifiers, Raezer's Edge Speaker Cabinets and Yamaha USA.
Nobuki Takamen, born in 1977 and raised in Hiroshima, Japan, now resides in Jersey City, New Jersey.
15 August 2009
New York's public peace is certainly considered improved. However, have you ever had a feelinging of helplessness when you walk through the dark city streets? Imagine a situation if the other party has guns and the knives. Can you deal with such a situation even you have know karate, judo or other martial arts? Fuji Ryu Taijutsu assumes the time attacked in the town and is practicing the art of defense which can be used in the actual combat.
Fuji Ryu Taijutsu is a Taijutsu, but it's not the fantasy ninja stuff. Fuji Ryu Taijutsu had been taught to Afghanistan guerrillas against the invasion by Soviet Union Military from 1985 to 1991. It is a realistic combat self-defense style.
Fuji Ryu Taijutsu is an original Japanese martial art. They have combined techniques from traditional Japanese martial arts and modern Japanese martial arts to create a practical self defense system.
Fuji Ryu Taijutsu's system is very simple. They have designed the system so that it is easy to learn for both men and women of all ages and physical abilities, even if you don't have any previous martial arts experience.
In the beginners class you will focus on building strength as well as shaping and conditioning your body to prepare you for the rigors of the intermediate/advanced class. You will practice zen-meditation, basic throwing, grappling, kicking, punching, blocking, breakfalls and light-contact sparring with full protective gear to fimiliarize yourself with the more advanced techniques.
In the intermediate/advanced class we will focus more on real fighting situations. You will learn techniques that will work in real-life altercations. We will prepare you to defend yourself against a much larger opponent, multiple attackers, chokes, grabs, as well as various weapons: guns, knives, bats, etc... You will not only learn self defense techniques but also a fighting spirit to help you deal with the stress and shock of a sudden violent encounter.
Fuji Ryu Taijutsu's beginners class is similar to a sport based martial art in such that it burns calories, reduces stress, improves your physical strength, flexibility and endurance. It is also a very effective self-defense system against real-life attacks by one or more opponents of any size for intermediate/advanced practitioners.
Fuji Ryu Taijutsu promotes and teaches self defense, self control, confidence, humility, diligence and a quest for knowledge.
Please feel free to contact them with any questions and join their free class!!
14 August 2009
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13 August 2009
We are pleased to have Mai Kawamura, pop/R&B singer and songwriter, perform at the Fair!
Originaly from Aichi, Japan, Mai released her debut album in Japanese in 2002. In 2005, she left Japan for New York to pursue her dream to establish herself as a singer/songwriter in America, and in 2006 she released her first U.S. album, Sa Ra So Ju (Available on iTunes and Amazon.com).
MAI has appeared in many charity events and concerts in and around NYC, including the 2009 Japan Day in Central Park. Mai sites "One Big Love" and "Feeling of Appreciation" as two of the main themes of her songs.
"I want to write and sing songs that make the whole world feeling good," says Mai. Her love for pop music extends into 1960's Japanese pop songs, which she covers often, both in concerts and albums.
Mai's newest six-song album will be released in the U.S. this fall, followed by a Japanese release in early 2010.
Mai will be perfoming from 5 - 6 PM at the NYC Japan Street Fair (Madison Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets).
• Misoyaki (miso-marinated beef) by Marukome
• Okonomiyaki (a savory Japanese pancake) by Otafuku Foods. A great comfort food, okonomikyaki recipes vary from region to region
• Gyoza (Japanese dumplings) and beef bowls by Ajinomoto Frozen Foods
• Five different flavors of soy milk - FREE from Kikkoman. That includes matcha and chocolate
• Konnyaku, or Konjac (a type of Asian yam that comes in a jelly form) from SHOW LLC. They'll be showing you what it is and different recipes
• Shaved ice, ice cream, and Japanese-style buns and pastries from Cafe Zaiya
• Japanese grilled tonton pork by Hakata Tonton, a restaurant specializing in authentic Kyushu soul food.
• Japanese-style grilled marinated beef by Gyu-Kaku, a Japanese BBQ restaurant
• Mochitsuki (a traditional Japanese rice cake ) from Inakaya, a robatayaki grill restaurant. They will also be demonstrating how to make it with fresh mochi. Look out for lots of rice pounding with mallets
• Cold udon and sweets from Uminoie, a restaurant/bar in the East Village
• Cold ramen salad and salmon rolls from Souen Noodle in the East Village
• Japanese curry and sushi (how could the NYC Japan Street Fair be complete without sushi?) from Washoku Cafe in Midtown.
Additionally, there will be a booth by a top New York chef who'll be featuring his secret BBQ sauce made from Japanese ingredients.
Visitors can also collect stamps from each of their purchases from the booths. If they collect enough, they'll receive free gifts from Japanese companies.
12 August 2009
Besides all the tasty food, shopping, fun and games, you'll be entertained by several Japanese musicians, artists, and dancers throughout the day. Here's the lineup:
12 PM - 1 PM
Nobuki Takamen Group (Jazz)
1 PM - 2 PM
Hariyama Ballet and Kyokushin Karate
2 PM - 3 PM
Fuji Ryu Taijutsu (Ko Budo)
3 PM - 4 PM
New York Taiko Aiko Kai (Japanese Drums)
4 PM - 5 PM
NY Okinawa Club (Sanshin perfomance)
5 PM - 6 PM
Mai Kawamura (Pop)
For more splashes of traditional Japan in your modern style, Rikumo also carries handbags and cosmetic bags by seisuke88, whose fabics are inspired by revolutionary obi designs that surfaced during the Meiji Era. These bold designs and mysterious patterns, discovered bySeisuke Takahashi, a third-generation owner of a textile plant, are revived with a modern touch. The strong colors, delicate details, and tasteful patterns of seisuke88's bags make a great statement to any wardrobe.
Rikumo sells handcrafted jewelry as well. Check out Rikumo.com for more of these well-edited finds! Also, they're now offering free shipping on orders over $99 for their grand opening.
10 August 2009
Mika Okui with Hama no Imota in Uminoie's special bottle
Uminoie's inconspicuous storefront
07 August 2009
Te means "hand" in Japanese, hence te plus te - two hands. But two hands are not enough. The craftsperson needs a soul, and the objects he or she creates must stir the senses, and fire the imagination.
te+te is currently featuring the following items:
AROMA: HOME & LINEN MIST SPRAY
Pure essential oils in a spray mixture. Paraben and Phthalate free. They are offering two soothing fragrances: JAPANESE HINOKI and NO.1.
te+te takes the Japanese kimono as inspiration for its collection of reversible bags. Handmade in the U.S.A. of imported fabric, each bag represents a subtle union of color, texture, and pattern, from the inside out.
CERAMICS/ PORCELAIN COLLECTION
Hand-pinched ceramic objects made exclusively for te+ te by the artist Eda.
JAPANESE INDIGO & PERSIMMON
The scarves in our collection come from a family-run studio in Japan, where the fabric is hand dyed in small batches to ensure the quality of craftsmanship and intergrity of color. Each piece is one of a kind.
Visit their online store for authentic, handmade Japanese goods at http://tepluste.myshopify.com/!
05 August 2009
Wuhao employs artistic hand dying in its production of tenugui. Their skilled craftsmen design tenugui in a multitude of interesting styles, ranging from traditional designs from different eras or regions of Japan to fun designs with sharks and dinosaurs. Each tenugui is carefully dyed and may boast the vibrant colors of spring or the subtle tones of winter. In addition, there is Wuhao’s Well-Being line, which is made from 100% organic cotton and offers soft, pleasing colors to make wearers feel safe. Wuhao offers over 100 designs of tenugui, each unique and for a different personality.Wuhao NYC sells their unique tenugui through their online store but will also be present at the fair, so you can have a chance to see a real one in person!