Posts Tagged Japan

“Ganbare Nippon!,” Video Message from TNS Kids to Japan in East Village, NYC

“Ganbare Nippon!” which means “Don’t give up, Japan” or “Go Japan Go!”.
The Video Message from TNS Kids to Japan.

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By all means, trying to ‘Help Japan’ movements flow through East Village, NYC

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“Help Japan,” to aid earthquake relief in Japan:Rice Ball and Bake Sale organized by children and PTA at the Neighborhood School in East Village, NYC

Help japan

Rice Ball & Bake Sale

for Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami Relief

3pm every Friday from March 18 at The Neighborhood School

121 East 3rd Street (bet. 1st and 2nd Ave) New York, NY 10003

All proceeds will go to disaster aid for Japan. The bake sale will be continuous for the next couple of weeks. Volunteers are needed. Baked goods can be dropped off all day in the PTA room. We will be selling popcorn as well. 4/5 graders are welcome to volunteer starting next week.

Contact: Yuki • 917-583-6212 •[email protected]

Also, please make any donation to help Japan here. (Japan Society,


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The Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery presents “Breathing” from March 29 to April 26, 2011, in East Village, New York City.

B r e a t h i n g”

The Sylvia Wald & Po Kim Art Gallery

March 29 – April 26, 2011

Tuesday- Saturday (11:00 am – 6:00 pm)

Opening Reception: March 29, Tuesday, 6-8 pm

The Sylvia Wald & Po Kim Art Gallery

417 Lafayette Street, 4th fl. New York, NY 10003



Alain Kirili, Byoung Ok Min,

Choong Sup Lim, KyungWoo Han,

MiKyung Kim, Po Kim,

Rakuko Naito, Raquel Rabinovich,

Robert C. Morgan,Ruth Hardinger,

Shen Chen, SungHo Choi

In recent years the art world has under gone tremendous changes involving expanded varieties of multimedia form. Diverse categories, such as modernism, avant-gardism, post-structuralism, and multiculturalism have given way to an unprecedented atmosphere of cultural globalization. Emerging artists from eastern and western hemispheres are evolving both within and beyond their indigenous cultures. Given the presence of cultural globalization, artists have begun to question such terms as aesthetic originality, formal purity and spiritual content. These cultural traditions are no longer considered absolute, but show evidence of engaging in flexibility and interactive projects. As a result, significant new concepts now reach between the center and the periphery, between the ideas of circulation and purification.

While New York is still considered the center of the international art world, artists from all around the world gather and communicate directly with one another. The strong diversity in the New York art world reveals a confidence and vibrant multicultural society. Culture exists in a way like oxygen in that the air we breathe never stops in one place, but always circulates. Artists get a new energy by breathing within this cultural environment. They are willing to absorb new ideas and interact on different levels. Many of those who come from outside the United States struggle to keep their identity in their works, while at the same time acculturating influences from around them. As a result, there are interactions within this extraordinary hybrid of international artists involved in the role that contemporary art plays in society today.

The exhibition, “Breathing” highlights different aspects of art in New York. The twelve artists included here all come from different cultural backgrounds, different multicultural experiences, and different nations. These include France, Japan, China, Argentina, Korea, and the United States. The featured works by the various artists seek to launch a vibrant cross- cultural dialogue. This exhibition is focused on the intimate quality of each artist’s work, including their philosophical concepts. The selected works constitute a demonstrable engagement with East Asian aesthetics and philosophies. Each invited artist has been asked to present work that carries the kind of openness necessary for this kind of awareness and cross-cultural pollination

-Soojung Hyun Ph.D (Guest Curator of The Sylvia Wald & Po Kim Art Gallery)


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“Pretty Dictators Vs. Pretty Leaders” by Ha Lee, illustrating Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi, President Obama, North Korean dictator Kim Jungil, Osama Bin Laden and more at SB D Gallery in East Village, New York City, 2011.

“Pretty Dictators Vs. Pretty Leaders” by Ha Lee will be presented at SB D Gallery from April 30th till May 20, 2011.

Ha Lee, former editorial cartoonist in Korea now based in Texas as a fine artist, portraits his belief in humanism through this sampling of dictators and leaders around the world with his paradoxic method. Lee believes that no human being is born as a dictator but only raised as one.

The arts are combination of digital and analog process, created first digitally and then printed on canvas to be hand-sewn to result in 3 dimensional effect. Each work is 30″ x 40″ big. Crossing over those two contrary environments, digital and analog, Lee tries to illustrate the embalance and dissonance of ideologies in life. Rather humaine than political voice of Ha Lee is embedded with each piece, the dictator of Lybya Muammar Gadhafi, President Obama, Osama Bin Laden, President Lee, North Korean dictator Jung Il Kim and so on.

As one last ‘pretty’ personal comment, let’s not forget about THE PRETTIEST DICTATOR, that no one may overpower… The Mother Nature… (all our prayers and thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this horrific disaster…)


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Girls Night Out with Barbara Shaum, the East Village antique.

Barbara Shaum, now 81 years old, has been hand crafting custom fit leather sandals and belt in East Village for her entire life. She was one of first females allowed and served at McSorley’s Bar in 1970, and still is a very much active out-going girl^^

With two girls from Japan to promote Sumi Jo’s upcoming Concert at Carnegie Hall in November, we all chatted and gossiped subjects in girls’ interest while sitting outside of Nomad restaurant in East Village.

She claimed herself as the best ‘Barbara-cue’ when I offered to hang out at one of best Korean ‘barbecue’ restaurants together. Alright, she is more of ‘Barbara-cute’ to me^^


The sandal maker Barbara Shaum prefers to focus on her craft, not changing trends. (“So gladiator sandals are popular again?” she asked recently, only moderately curious.) Since opening her business in 1954, her technique has stayed pretty much the same. Customers still choose from about 30 classic styles and an assortment of skins; their feet are measured, patterns are drawn; a couple weeks later, there’s a fitting.

The age-old craft was taught to her by Menalkas Duncan, who learned it while visiting Greece with his aunt, Isadora. “I’m not really fashion-fashion,” Ms. Shaum, 79, said as an employee fielded a call from a Vogue editor. “I’m more traditional.”

Her sandals take four weeks to make (order now and have them by Memorial Day) and cost from $300 to $600 — a good deal, given their shelf life. “A woman came in here the other day who had her sandals for 30 years!” Ms. Shaum said, herself looking a little surprised.

Barbara Shaum, 60 East 4th Street; (212) 254-4250. Open Wednesday through Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m.

The New York Times

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