Global Weekends: Cherry Blossoms: Japan Fest at AMNH

Saturday, March 10, 2012

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Featuring SAORI weaving, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, Okinawan dance, a Taiko drum performance, and a shadow puppet troupe, the American Museum of Natural History Global Weekends: Cherry Blossoms: Japan Fest will also commemorate the first anniversary of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.

Global Weekends: Cherry Blossoms: Japan Fest

Cherry Blossoms: Japan Fest celebrates the 100th anniversary of the gift of Japanese cherry blossoms to New York City with four days of family-friendly activities.

Wednesday-Friday, March 14-16
11 am–4 pm, Hall of Birds of the World, 2nd floor
Woven Cherry Blossom Installation, Flower Arranging, Origami, and Ink Brush Painting

Saturday, March 17
Noon–2:30 pm, Kaufmann Theater, 1st floor
Shinto Blessing, Okinawan Dance and Music, Welcome Remarks, and Taiko Drums

Noon–5 pm, Hall of Birds of the World, 2nd floor
Woven Cherry Blossom Installation, Flower Arranging, Origami, Ink Brush Painting, and Tea Ceremony

Noon–5 pm, Grand Gallery, first floor
Games, Kamishibai Storytelling, Art of Cloth Wrapping, and Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Information

3–5 pm, Milstein Hall of Ocean Life,1st floor
Shadow Puppet performance and Matsuri Folk Dance Festival – Public Invited to Join!

As part of the Japan-U.S. Cherry Blossom Centennial celebration of the Consulate General of Japan located in New York, AMNH will include four days of family friendly activities and programs showcasing many of the arts and traditions that reflect the spirit of the Japanese people and their appreciation of nature through live performances, interactive demonstrations, and workshops.

Local New York City-based Japanese cultural organizations will be on-site to perform and demonstrate their art. Activities include SAORI weaving and cherry blossom installation; origami paper models; flower arranging b; a cherry blossoms ink brush painting demonstration; and a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. In addition, a three-part workshop on traditional outfit making will be offered to registered participants.

Sushi will also be featured in the Museum’s Food Court or CafĂ© on One that day.

The Museum is open daily, 10 am–5:45 pm.
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NYC Chinatown Restaurant Week March 9 - 18 2012 @ChinatownRW

Friday, March 2, 2012

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New York City's Chinatown hosts its own Restaurant Week, from March 9 to 18. to encourage everyone to come and enjoy the wonderful dining and shopping experiences in NYC very own Chinatown

NYC Chinatown Restaurant Week


Who: Participating restaurants, businesses, community supporters will be present along with special guests Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Councilmember Margaret Chin and others.

When: Friday, March 2 at 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Where: Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), a 2012 Chinatown Restaurant Week Founding Community Supporter, is located at 215 Centre Street, Chinatown, NY. MOCA is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States.

About Chinatown Restaurant Week

All restaurants, unless otherwise noted, will offer special three-course dinner menus for $18.88 per person. Please note that Peking Duck House will offer $18.88 per person for lunch only and not dinner. This pricing excludes tax, tip, and gratuity and is not the pricing for group parties. Please contact the restaurant directly for group party pricing.

Restaurants include: Delight 28 (28 Pell St), Golden Unicorn (18 E Broadway) , Grand Bo Ky Restaurant (216 Grand St), Emperor Japanese Tapas Shabu Restaurant (96 Bowery St), HK Wonton Garden (79 Mulberry St and originally from 56 Mott St), Lobster Boat (11 Mott St), Lucky Plaza Restaurant (81 Chrystie St), Mika Japanese Cuisine & Bar (150 Centre Street), Nha Trang One (87 Baxter St), Nom Wah Tea Parlor (13 Doyer St), Peking Duck House (28 Mott St), Pho Grand (277c Grand St), Red Egg ( 202 Centre St), Shanghai Gourmet (23 Pell St), New West Malaysian (14-18 Elizabeth Street or 46-48 Bowery Street Arcade #26 #27 #28), Xe Lua Vietnamese Restaurant (86 Mulberry St).

Businesses offering special deals include: Haagen-Dazs (53 Mott St), Reliance Star Payment Services, Ahoy NY Tours & Tasting , New Foot Long Live (55 Bayard St.), You and Her Spa (18 East Broadway), and MyPRGenie (Official Marketing Platform).

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Tiger Tales : A Year of Good Fortune

Thursday, March 1, 2012

This weeks guest post comes via Maria, a xpat mom, originally from Trinidad, West Indies, who’s blogs at Tiger Tales named in honor of her son, born in 2010 the Chinese Year of the Tiger. Maria's family is Chinese-Italian and Black West Indian – Onica, editor

This year, as with all the years since I’ve been married, we didn't do anything special for Chinese New Year. You’d think that after we have a child we’d be doing loads of activities to teach our son aspects of his cultural heritage. Unfortunately, for various reasons,  it did not happen. Hubby isn’t into crowds, public transport or anything too ‘ethnic’; he’s a modern concert jungle sort of man. We’ve pretty much come to the conclusion as a couple that for matters of the arts, culture and heritage, I’ll teach our child(ren).

Tiger Tales

On the Saturday prior to Chinese New Year, we went to my in-laws. We wished each other Kung Hei Fat Choy! Shared a lovely Chinese meal together and that was it. As usual Angelo was at the center of the festivities and he had his fill of the meal sitting like a ‘big boy’ at the dinner table. He had a great time. Next year I’d like to do something special with Angelo to properly mark the occasion. However one thing special did happen this year, I began dreaming of my second child.

Tiger Tales

2012 is the Year of the Dragon, which is year of good fortune. I thought to myself if I had to have another child now would be the best time. I’m not overly superstitious but I must admit I do pay some attention to signs and horoscopes. Apparently Dragons and Tigers are rivals. Maybe I should brace myself for ‘lively’ sibling rivalry. However, I live in the hope that hubby and I will teach our children to love and look out for each other. We want them to be them to be a tight little unit. It would be nice to have a girl, if we don’t well that’s ok too. Angelo will have an excellent sparring partner!


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Bit'z Kids Draw NY picture for Japan

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Get together at Bit'z Kids and draw your favorite place in NY. Not only will your picture be send to Japanese kids but it will also be display at Japanese website. Your picture might also be sold as a calendar or postcard in Japan to raise money for Tsunami fund!


Register for this event at Bit'z Kids stores and online.

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Ecuadorian "Pawkar Raymi Spring Celebration" at AMNH

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On Saturday, March 3, 2012 celebrate the music and dance of the Andes with Sinchi Kuna, who will share the cultural traditions and heritage of the Ecuadorian people as they prepare for the Pawkar Raymi, the celebration of the spring equinox.

AMNH Ecuadorian Spring Celebration


After the performance, learn how to carve your own Ecuadorian pan flute out of bamboo with the help of an expert. This series combines the best of family public programs throughout the year for families with children 4 to 11 years of age.

Tickets are $12, but if visitors use the promo code: FAMILY, it’ll will be $6.

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