Not everyone can afford a flight to Japan… but almost anyone can hop on a train, bus, or ferry from New York City to Northern New Jersey to get a taste of the Japanese culture.
Bergen County, bordered by Manhattan and the Hudson River, is home to a small Japanese community that hosts several opportunities to experience Japanese culture. This weekend, you can learn about Japan by visiting the following three places:
Mitsuwa Marketplace is the nation’s biggest Japanese supermarket with several locations in the United States. However, the Edgewater, New Jersey store is the only one in New Jersey, and the only Mitsuwa supermarket in the entire East Coast! Customers can buy authentic Japanese food such as ramen, sake, onigiri, pocky, ice cream flavors green tea and black sesame, shrimp tempura, and much more. There are also restaurants inside the supermarket that serve food for customers who want to sit down and dine.
Mitsuwa also provides a shuttle bus for its customers. The Mitsuwa shuttle service leaves from New York City Port Authority Bus Terminal, getting to the supermarket in less than half an hour. It’s free from Manhattan to New Jersey on Wednesdays and Thursdays!
2. Cultural Classes at the Japanese-American Society of New Jersey
The Japanese-American Society of New Jersey is an organization that seeks to promote Japanese and American cultures with the intention of having each culture better understand the other. Located in Fort Lee, New Jersey, the society offers several Japanese language classes and Japanese cultural classes, such as: tea ceremony tradition, Japanese calligraphy (shodou), and kimono dressing.
A culture exchange workshop is scheduled for 1:30p.m. on Saturday, October 20th, 2012. It’s fairly easy to get there from New York City.
3. Tenafly Annual Bazaar
Hosted by the Tenafly Japanese Community Association, the Tenafly Annual Bazaar is a one-day smorgasbord of Japanese culture, food, games, entertainment, and commerce. It’s open to the public! Visitors will be able to enjoy homemade delicacies and treats while perusing through products like toys, manga, and other items at the garage sale that both children and adults can use.
This family-friendly event takes place at Tenafly Middle School on Sunday, October 21st from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
No excuses! Make this weekend a cultured and informative learning experience about Japanese culture.