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Nippon in New York: J-COLLABO Fall Fest, craft beer, The Joy of Sake, Akiko Yano

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As the summer winds fade into fall colors, the weeks ahead are shaping up with these exciting events, ready to be enjoyed after Labor Day.

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Sunday, Sept. 7, 1:00 p.m.

J-COLLABO Fall Festival feat. Geisha Kikuno

J-LABO Brooklyn, 300 Seventh Street

Suggested donation: $20

The history of the geisha spans over 300 years. Their beauty and grace is legendary as is their exceptional skill in music, dance and entertainment. In spite of a near worldwide fascination, the number of geisha is decreasing year by year. Geisha Kikuno is a unique Geisha from Osaka. She is dedicated to finding new approaches to promote this unique history to the next generation, and will come to New York for two performances to demonstrate this ancient art form in collaboration with multimedia director Kenji Williams.

Friday, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m.

Kampai! The World of Japanese Beer

Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street

$28, $23 Japan Society members/seniors

Pull up a stool to Japan Society’s annual beer lecture and tasting, featuring unique and rare brews from Japan’s emerging craft beer industry. Mark Meli, professor at Kansai University and author of Craft Beer in Japan: The Essential Guide, delves into the culture, history and innovative brews coming out of Japan’s beer scene during the lecture. At the tasting reception, enjoy the opportunity to sample many unique and hard-to-come-by brews. Must be at least 21 years old.

Sept. 12-Oct. 10

Japan — An Island Nation: 1870-1890

Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27th Street, Long Island City

Free

An exhibition of entrepreneurial class culture from the Burns Archive. Japan — An Island Nation showcase the best of Japanese photographs that were made to show the perceived exotic nature of Japan to the West. Photographers, under government supervision, documented the artisans, shopkeepers and workers that made up the bulk of the Japanese middle and working class entrepreneurial society. It was critical for Japanese “public relations” of the era to put a face on Japan’s people and products, and through international fairs and expositions the world was introduced to Japan. A free opening reception will be held Friday, Sept. 12 from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18, 6 p.m.

The Joy of Sake 2014

The Altman Building, 135 West 18th Street

$100

Premium ginjo and daiginjo sakes first started appearing on Manhattan restaurant menus around fifteen years ago. New Yorkers eagerly embraced the new arrivals and sake imports into the city have grown by leaps and bounds ever since. This once-a-year event features the world's finest sakes in peak condition and the best in traditional and contemporary Asian cuisine. Over 300 premium sakes will be available for tasting, along with appetizers by 15 of New York's finest restaurants.

Saturday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m.

The Shamisen Sessions, Vol. 1: Hiromitsu Agatsuma + Akiko Yano

Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street

$35, $28 Japan Society members

From traditional stages to contemporary rock, pop and jazz concerts, the three-stringed shamisen has forged art and entertainment culture in Japan for centuries and continues to shape new spheres in world music. These four sessions spotlight leading shamisen musicians from Japan performing the full gamut of today’s musical styles. Tsugaru-shamisen rock, pop and jazz virtuoso Hiromitsu Agatsuma and musical luminary pianist/singer-songwriter Akiko Yano perform together for the first time ever. United by their inimitable ability to transform the sentimental strains of Japan's beloved folk songs (min'yo) into cool jazz/pop tunes, Agatsuma and Yano use three strings, 88 keys and endearing vocals to breathe new life into this musical genre.

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