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(23) [English Edition] 週刊NY生活 SHUKAN NEW YORK SEIKATSU 2015年(平成27年)2月21日(土) VOICES From NYクール日本 Michiyo Noda Awarded THE NEW YORKERS Consul General’s Voodoo Donuts Commendation Stacy Smith for Her Support of JAA My inter- preting travels find me in the lovely city of COOL JAPAN from New Yorkers’ Viewpoints Portland. Perhaps best known for its rain, coffee and “On Kawara− the television s h o w Silence” “Portlandia,” this West Coast loca- at the Guggenheim Museum tion synonymous with cool also has another famous offering: The Guggenheim Museum Voodoo Donuts. These sinful fried opened its full retrospective delights are served in a trademark exhibition of the late On pink box, and the flavors range Kawara, a leader in conceptual from bacon with maple frosting to Michiyo Noda (left) accepts Consul art. a combination of Oreos and peanut General’s Commendation from “On Kawara − Silence,” butter! For those less adventurous Ambassador Sumio Kusaka (right) which opened on February 6, is donut eaters, Voodoo also features sectioned into 12 series: date regular flavors such as glazed and The Consulate General of paintings (the Today series); plain. Portland’s local brewery, Japan in New York presented the telegrams from around the world Rogue, also jumped on the band- Consul General’s Commendation (the I Am Still Alive series); wagon by working with Voodoo to to Michiyo Noda, executive direc- postcards of the times he woke create alcohol that reflects some of tor of the Japanese American up while traveling (the I Got Up its donut flavors, like Voodoo Association of New York (JAA), series); maps of his travels (the I Donut Maple Bacon Vodka and at the consul general’s official res- Went series); lists of the names my personal favorite, Chocolate, idence on February 10. of people he met that day (the I Peanut Butter and Banana Ale. Noda has worked at JAA for Met series); newspaper clippings Big news is that Voodoo 28 years and supported past JAA (the I Read series); the inventory Donuts is said to be opening its presidents. She has made a big of paintings (the Journals) and first store in Tokyo this coming contribution to U.S.-Japan rela- calendars (One Hundred Years June! Considering the lines that and One Million Years). are often found snaking around Kawara moved to New York Portland’s original location, the in the 1960s and never showed Tokyo one is sure to supersede his face publicly after 1966, con- Krispy Kreme in popularity. veying his existence in this According to Voodoo, over the world through his artwork. next three years 19 more shops are tions through improving the wel- Kawara’s work engages the per- planned to be opened in Japan and fare of Japanese and Japanese sonal and historical conscious- On Kawara’s “JUN 10 1975” from the I Got Up series,1968-79. Taiwan. This is striking, consider- Americans, while promoting edu- ness of place and time. Stamped ink on postcard, 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches (8.9 x 14 cm), ing that there are currently only cational and cultural activities. “On Kawara − Silence” runs from the collection of Keiji and Sawako Usami five spots here in the States (all in JAA has placed a high emphasis through May 3. Adult admission Oregon except for one in on social welfare since the mid- to the museum is $25 Monday through Wednesday and tion about the exhibition, call Colorado), with another one 1990s, holding workshops with , $18 for students with valid ID Friday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. (212)423-3500 or visit expected in June. Personally, I medical and welfare specialists and seniors (65 years +). Pay to 5:45 p.m., with extended hours would like to see Voodoo open up regularly. Keirokai now has about what you wish on Saturday from to 7:45 p.m. on Saturdays. Closed (Kaoru Komi/Translated by a store for us on the East Coast 100 members and a meal delivery 5:45p.m. The museum is open on Thursdays. For more informa- Chikako Iwasaki) before crossing the Pacific, but I service, bringing lunch to seniors am excited to see what sorts of who live alone. and after its huge success, Senior spring. Reflecting back on 28 port from volunteers makes a big new flavors emerge from this In 2005, Noda held an impor- Week became an annual event to years, Noda said, “I’m always contribution to our activities.” meeting of East and West. tant role in the establishment of promote health and culture along thinking about what we can do to (Ryoichi Miura/Translated by (Stacy Smith is a Japanese trans- the JAA Committee on Aging with Sakura Health Fair in the be an active community. The sup- Makiko Kinoto) lator/interpreter/writer Issues in cooperation with the Homepage:www.stacysmith.webs. 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