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(23) [English Edition] 週刊NY生活 SHUKAN NEW YORK SEIKATSU 2015年(平成27年)2月28日(土) VOICES From NYクール日本 THE NEW YORKERS Escaping the Cold Adam Lobel This year,people in theNortheast COOL JAPAN from New Yorkers’ ViewpointsUnited Statesare livingthrough a partic-ularly cold and Japan Week at Grand Central Terminalsnowy winter.New Yorkers Japanese Tradition Todaycarefully navigate streets and side-walks coated with slippery black ice, Japan Week 2015, an eventwhile Bostonians wait in long lines for A Brooklyn Native that sought to promote Japanese culture and tourism, was held atshuttle buses that have replaced thetrains and trolleys of their crippled Serving a Japanese Vanderbilt Hall in Grandpublic transportation system. City Council Central Terminal from February When I lived in Japan, my friends 18th to 20th.and I escaped the cold by traveling to Publishes a Book on The Japan Tourism AgencyOkinawa or Koh Tao in Thailand. and the Japan National TourismOthers ventured to Hanoi to enjoy His Struggles with Organization hosted Japanstrolls along the tree-fringed lakes of Tradition Week to promote tourism toVietnam’s capital, or Cairns to dive at Japan. The Consulate Generalthe Great Barrier Reef. New Yorkers In his of Japan in New York also sup-with the time and money to escape the book titled ported the event. This year,cold often visit closer destinations. “ Stride Japan Week featured exhibi-Vacationers and “snowbirds” (people Forward: tions on the opening of thewho spend the winter in a warmer Don’t Follow Hokuriku shinkansen (bulletlocale) alike travel to St. Petersburg, Precedents”, train), hot springs, castles, andFlorida, or Tucson, Arizona. Those published last depachika.favoring more culturally exotic desti- September, Attendees enjoyed freshlynations visit Caribbean islands like Councilman cooked Japanese street food and DEPACHIKA is a food bazaar found in most department stores in JapanJamaica and the Dominican Republic, Anthony sweets, including takoyaki bywhich require a passport to visit. Bianchi of Kukuru from Osaka; sweet Japanese models and “ Pure Party, making the event more fes- One nearby, overseas’ destination Inuyama City, Anthony Bianchi potato desserts by La Poppo; Passion Party,” an event inspired tive on the evening of the 19ththat U.S. citizens don’t need a pass- Aichi Prefecture, recounts how a and cream puffs by Beard Papa. by Japan’s lucky colors, red and and Kamakura Shirts held aport to visit is the U.S. Virgin Brooklyn native fell in love with a Japan Week 2015 also hosted white. Doraemon and Domo, two Men’s Fashion Show at 6 p.m. onIslands—which boasts a travel time of small Japanese town and was fashion events which included of Japan’s most adored charac- the 20th to promote Japanesejust under four hours between JFK air- elected to its city council where he “Discover Together,” the first ters, joined Japan Week to pro- fashion to New Yorkers.port and St. Thomas. After arriving, faced die-hard local traditions dur- Japanese wedding kimono fash- mote Japan. People dressed in red (Ryoichi Miura/Translated bysome travelers board a ferry to the ing his three terms in office, to ion show featuring non- and white joined the Pure Fashion Makiko Kinoto)more remote and child-friendly islandof St. John, known for its well-pre- they “went against municipal unwilling to accept the change he Bianchi said in a speech deliveredserved natural beauty (two-thirds of ordinances.” tried to promote in his reforms to in fluent Japanese in New Yorkthe island is owned by the U.S. Mr. Bianchi obtained local English-language education last December. “I want to con-National Park Service) and pic- Japanese citizenship in 2002 and and within city government. As an tribute to the overseas promotionturesque beaches. Families can rent a won the the 2003 Inuyama City elected official Mr. Bianchi, now of a broader spectrum of Japanesevilla or camp on the beach on St. John. date. Council election. After his inau- 56, promotes international culture, including our local sake.”While hiking nature trails that criss- After a brief stay with a guration, he quickly learned exchange among the residents of His mantra, “where there’s a will,cross the island or snorkeling in Japanese family in 1988, Mr. important phrases like “shi- Inuyama. there’s a way,” is encouragingCinnamon Bay, visitors encounter ani- Bianchi returned to Inuyama the garami” (fetters of human rela- “I want Inuyama to grow past and inspirational for Japanesemals not native to New York, like following year as an assistant lan- tions) and “ocha wo nigosu” (to its conservatism and make people living in the United States.Antillean crested hummingbirds and guage teacher. Each time Mr. speak ambiguously), which sug- progress instead of simply follow- (Ryoichi Miura/Translated bytropical fish, which helps to truly for- Bianchi tried to introduce changes gested his struggle with a culture ing precedents,” Councilman Kenji Nakano)get the cold. to English education at his schools, NY COOL JAPAN is the English Edition of SHUKAN NY SEIKATSU(Adam is the founder & director of he was confronted with hurdles NEW YORK SEIKATSU PRESS, INC., 71 W 47 St, Suite 307 New York NY 10036 USAEcosystem at Sizung, Inc. His email is and comments that his changes Editor in chief: Ryoichi Miura, Associate Editor: Hebah Emara, Editor: Sayaka Murayamaadam@sizung.com) were “too unprecedented” or that Advertise Here! Contact 212-213-6069 info@nyseikatsu.com