Japan New York City

Japanese clubs in NYC

NY Times- New York Region: Not Quite Sex and the City
Surrounded by brash New York, Japanese men and young women gather in secretive clubs for rituals that echo home, and only go so far.
It would be interesting to know how an article like this would change the nature of these types of businesses. I’m not sure that we’ll ever know but it’s good to know that even this stuff is getting investigated by the Times.

New York City News

Ikonos photo of World Trade Center

I know next to nothing about the Middle East, so I’m hungry for anything that can educate me about the history, religion- anything that can help me take a few steps towards understanding why those people did what they did.
I found a lengthy article on Islamic terrorism on the website of The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, India. If you read it and want to discuss it, please email me.
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The Ikonos satellite took a great picture of the twin towers before they fell.

New York City Personal

ramen in NYC in 2001

I’ve been on the search for a decent bowl of ramen in New York City and one would think that it wouldn’t be an issue. The city that has 3 Japanese restaurants on my block didn’t seem to have any good ramen noodle shops. I re-visited Menchanko-Tei and wasn’t that impressed. The new East Village Rai-Rai Ken was really mediocre, especially for a place that only sold ramen and gyoza dumplings.
I had heard about a new place in Chinatown and a few Japanese expats had recommended it to me. After my interview today, I went down there to grab lunch. Ajisen Noodle Restaurant (14 Mott St.) is on the South end of Chinatown. The ramen is of the “tonkotsu” variety, not soy-sauce based soup, but soup made from pork bones. It’s a heavier, tastier (imo) broth and I generally like it more than shoyu ramen.
Ajisen was good- better than the others that I’ve had in the city, but not as good as Shinsengumi in Torrance, CA where I had many a good bowl of ramen. The funny thing about Ajisen is that the staff is Chinese but the food, and the menus are all in Japanese. Plus they greet you “irashaimase!” in Japanese, and thank you in Japanese as you leave. They take your order in Japanese (!) but when they talk amongst themselves, it’s in Chinese. Kind of a surreal experience but one that is quintessentially New York City.