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(27) [English Edition] 週刊NY生活 SHUKAN NEW YORK SEIKATSU 2016年(平成28年)8月6日(土) NYクール日本 VOICES From THE NEW YORKERS The Choice Is Yours Dan McDonald With the COOL JAPAN from New Yorkers’ Viewpointsconventionsin Cleveland The Japanese Chamber ofa nPhiladelphia d New York Bay Dinner Cruise Commerce & Industry in New York and the Nippon Club jointly held theirbehind us, the Hosted by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & annual summer “Music and Dinnerhome stretch Industry in NY and the Nippon Club Cruise” on July 19th. Attended by 140of the 2016 guests, there were three hours of pleas-Presidential ant sightseeng around NewYork bay. Momoiro Clover Z This year, the dining area was glass-Election here covered and showcased magnificent Hawaii, LA and NYin the US will soon be upon us.The outcome of our vote will night views of the Hudson River, Tour in Novemberdeeply impact no less than the soul Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge Tickets on Saleand global image of the most pow- during dinner. Afterwards, guests were able to participate in a dance class Popular Japanese idol group Momoiroerful nation in human history. It with the spectacular NY skyline as a Clover Z will host their “The Americawill have profound consequences backdrop. Anchored in front of the Odan Ultra Live” tour in the U.S., visit-as America’s allies in Eastern Statue of Liberty, guests on the deck ing three cities in November. The tourEurope and Asia face new chal- enjoyed a pleasant night breeze. schedule is: 11/15 (Tue) in Hawaii,lenges to their security and new This year a $5,000 donation to aid 11/17 (Thu) in Los Angeles, and 11/19strains on their ties with the US. the Kumamoto earthquake victims was (Sat) at the Playstation Theater (1515 As your columnist, I will not presented on the boat to Ambassador Broadway) in New York.tell you who to vote for or what to Reiichiro Takahashi of the New York Momoiro Clover Z, produced by thethink. I merely ask that you think Consul General. As of July 11th, the major talent agency Stardust Promotioncritically and choose carefully. Consulate General of Japan has Co., Ltd. consists of five girls, MomotaInform your views and your vote received $38,533 in aid for earthquake Kanako, Shiori Tamai, Ayaka Sasaki,with information from multiple relief. (Ryoichi Miura/Translated by Momoka Ariyasu and Reni sources of record, even those Kunio Shimura) They originally began performing onyou may not agree with. Mind you, city streets in Japan and made a majorthis does not include misspelled debut with their hit single “Ikuze! Kaitotweets and Facebook posts of dubi-ous origin. We should not cast our Avant-Garde Artist Ushio Shinohara Shojyo.” They became known for their unique live performances which includ-votes based upon un-Americanhate, ignorance and fearmonger- Art Lecture at the Nippon Club ed acrobatic dancing, entertaining dia- logue, and TV show star guests. Ining, but we should also lend an Ushio Shinohara, who took the Japanese art scene 2015, they released a collaboration sin-equally critical ear to soaring, feel- by storm in the 1960s, remains a leader of moderngood rhetoric which, if implement- art at the age of 84; he held a lecture on his successed, may hurt those it intends to at the Nippon Club on July 8th. Daring and radical inhelp. style, Shinohara made an impact on the Japanese art Whether you vote Republican, world while still a student at Tokyo University ofDemocrat, select a minor party The Arts. At a graduation review, the college presi- gle with the American rock band KISScandidate or stay home and do dent examined Shinohara’s sketchbook filled with and had their first U.S. live performancenothing, the collective weight of scrawled x’s and said, “There’s no deception in your in Los Angeles.our choices will have a great effect work, but you need to discontinue schooling.” After The November concert in Manhattanon the future of our nation and our coming to New York on a Rockefeller foundation will be their first ever in New York.relations with the rest of the world, scholarship in 1969, Shinohara’s artwork such as Tickets are available atincluding Japan. If you cannot “Boxing Painting” received accolades from all over orvote, study up on the issues and the world. www.axs.comdiscuss them with your American At the lecture, he remarked, “Presently, true suc- (Jun Nishimura/Translated by Maifriends. The choice is yours, and cess in modern art requires fame.” Moore)our future hangs in the balance. (Ryoichi Miura/Translated by Hiroko Makabe)Dan is a newspaper columnist,editor, and Japanese translator. NY COOL JAPAN is the English Edition of SHUKAN NY SEIKATSU Ushio Shinohara talks about hisInterested readers can contact him passion for creating avant-garde NEW YORK SEIKATSU PRESS, INC., 71 W 47 St, Suite 307 New York NY 10036 USAat art. Editor in chief: Ryoichi Miura, Associate Editor: Vanessa Marsh, Editor:Kaoru Komi Advertise Here! Contact 212-213-6069