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Gutai: Splendid Playground Exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum

Gutai: Splendid Playground presents the creative spectrum of Japan’s most influential avant-garde collective of the postwar era. Founded by the visionary artist Yoshihara Jirō in 1954, the Gutai group was legendary in its own time. Its young members explored new art forms combining performance, painting, and interactive environments, and realized an “international common ground” of experimental art through the worldwide reach of their exhibition and publication activities. Against the backdrop of wartime totalitarianism, Gutai forged an ethics of creative freedom, breaking through myriad boundaries to create some of the most exuberant works and events in the history of Japanese and international avant-garde art.

The Gutai: Splendid Playground exhibition runs from February 15–May 8, 2013 at the Guggenheim Museum. The exhibition includes a free interactive mobile app, featuring voiceover narration by ME!

JETAANY is organizing an informal group outing to see the exhibition on Saturday, March 16 during “pay as you wish” admission hours from 5:45 pm-7:45 pm. Feel free to arrive anytime and explore the museum at your own pace. I will be at the museum at 5:45 pm on the 16th if you would like to meet up.

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JET Programme Pre-Departure Seminar NYC

Nippon Club
June 26, 2010

Keynote speech by playwright and JET alum Randall David Cook

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Interview in JQ Magazine

Shree Kurlekar of JETAANY.org (Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Alumni Association of New York) interviewed me for the latest issue of JQ Magazine.  Download the PDF version of the magazine or read the article below after the jump.

JQ Summer 2009 Cover

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Sake tasting at Bao Noodles

Bao Noodles

I attended a sake tasting and dinner organized by JETAANY on Monday night at Bao Noodles.   Chris Johnson, JET-alum, sommelier, and owner of Bao Noodles, presented a tasting of his restaurant’s Vietnamese specialties paired with Momokawa and Murai Family sake.  Chris is extremely knowledgeable about sake; he explained the different kinds of sake and how sake was made.

It was the first time I had sake with Vietnamese food, or sake with non-Japanese food for that matter.  It turned out to be a very educational experience.  It may sound strange, but it just works.  Sake is indeed a very versatile beverage.  My favorite pairing was the dessert: coconut and pandan panna cotta with nigori (unfiltered) sake.  The combination of the coconut, pandan and sake became an explosion of tropical aromas in my mouth.  Yum!

Needless to say, I wholeheartedly recommend Bao Noodles, so go check it out.

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