Under 90 degrees Sunshine in Brooklyn.
Lots of meats to grill, and more young ones this year.
Mike Nogami's annual Japanese style New Year's Party, 新年会 (shin nen kai) was held at Shige's loft in Union Square. The tradition here includes eating Ozoni soup with grilled mochi rice cakes, drinking lots of Sake, 書き初め（kakizome, literally means "first writing" is to write a new year's resolution /personal messages in in calligraphy), かるた (karuta, card game), watching 紅白歌合戦 (Kouhaku, an annual music show on New year's eve, produced by NHK national broadcast), and etc. It's a fun and homey way to start an upcoming year.
At Japan Society
Saturday, December 8, 7:30 PM
New York's fieriest music group, Bang on a Can All-Stars, unveiled two new Japan Society-commissioned works that draw inspiration from Rimpa--a Japanese painting movement that spanned the 17th-19th centuries.
This concert was presented in conjunction with the Society's exhibition Silver Wind:The Arts of Sakai Hoitsu (1761-1828), showcasing one of the master painters of the Rimpa movement.