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The NYC Japanese Language September Meetup - "bonodori taikai" (盆踊り大会)


Regardless of the rain, we are still having the event. The location of bonodori will be indoor. You can find out which room at the reception desk. The BBQ later will be still in patio, also we have indoor seating next to it. Looking forward to seeing you!

The J-Meetup "Natsu matsuri" is on Labor Day, September 2nd. We will have fun Japanese language game, "Bonodori" workshop, BBQ, J-Pop music, and more.

Mari Miyamoto from 日本語で遊ぼう!- Japanese language Improv. will be teaching us "Bonodori" from her hometown Kumamoto prefecture. 

This is a non-alcohol event, so you can bring your children. Also, the people under 21 years old are welcome.

 (Bonodori from Kumamoto prefecture) (Patio of Hostel International, NYC)

Date & Time: Labor Day, Monday, September 2nd. Door opens at 4:30 pm.

Place: HOSTELLING INTERNATIONAL   Phone: +1 (212)[masked] 891 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10025, New York, NY  (bet. 103 and 104 street)

Schedule: 5:00 pm -language game and bonodori, 7:00 pm -BBQ and mingling, and 9:00  to 10:00 pm -Stand-up comedy in the lounge downstairs at the hostel.

Admission: $17 per person if you pay by Paypal by September 1st. $20 at the door. 

The admission covers for the participation in the language game and "bonodori" lesson, mingling, BBQ (a burger or two hot dogs, chips, soda, and tabehoudai-salad) and stand-up comedy. Also, you will get "Omiyage" shown below from Kumamoto Prefecture.

Attire: Yukata or any other outfit for "Natsu matsuri" 

Let's J-rock with "Bonodori"! Hope to see you there!


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  • yoijoho

    I know some people may be embarrassed dancing in front of people. You are not forced to dance in the event. You can watch other people dance and try it later if you like ;)

    August 13, 2013

    • Casanova

      Or I maybe watch by few in some private vip places

      October 1

  • Stephen O.

    今日も とても たのしかったです。ありがとうございました!  Thank you Mari-san and Akino-san for organizing a fun event. I had a good time.

    2 · September 3, 2013

  • Marimon

    Thank you so much all for coming out tonight!!
    むしゃんよかった(Mushan yokatta=very excellent)です!
    It was really fun night and physical night ;)

    When you have a chance to practice the Otemoyan Odori, please do so and be a master of Otemoyan dance!

    Hope to see you all again,
    Have a great start week!

    September 3, 2013

  • Frankie L.


    2 · September 2, 2013

    • Marimon

      ゆっくり やすんでください!

      1 · September 3, 2013

  • yoijoho

    We are still having BBQ and bonodori event today. Just come to hosteling international and you will be guided to the new indoor location. We will move later to patio for BBQ with indoor seating.

    September 2, 2013

  • Wilmer M.

    Hey i don't have a Yukata or any outfit for "natsu matsuri" is this ok?

    September 2, 2013

    • Marimon

      Of course!! With T-shirt and jeans style or shorys, any atyles are welcomed!!

      September 2, 2013

  • HUGO S.

    hellow every body I want a practice Japanese language thanks

    September 2, 2013

  • yoijoho

    RSVP has been closed. If you couldn't RSVP, but want to participate in the event today (9/2), you can just show up to the event and pay at the door.

    September 2, 2013

  • Marimon

    I guess most of you all are wondering What is Otemoyan?

    Here is the answer!
    Otemoyan is a woman's name and the name of the song for the dancing.
    For the further more information, take a look the link below! (Wikipedia English)




    その答えと、もっと詳しい情報は以下のウィキペディアのページに載っています^^ (日本語 ウィキペディア)

    September 1, 2013

  • Marimon




    【ホステリング インターナショナル ニューヨーク】
    <会場 & 音響機材>
    891 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10025,

    【熊本市文化交流局 観光振興課】
    <おてもやんオリジナルグッズ・入賞者への景品・「ひごまるくん」オリジナルグッズ・その他の非売品グッズ・熊本市観光パンフレット> (日本語)

    <入賞者への景品> (日本語)

    【PGT TRADiNG, based in Kumamoto Pre】
    <入賞者への景品・ペットサプリメント> (日本語)



    1 · August 31, 2013

  • Marimon

    Hi J-meetup members!(日本語は別にポストしています)

    Let me introduce our sponsors for this event.

    891 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10025,

    【Tourism Promotion Division,Kumamoto City】
    <OMIYAGE(souvenirs),Otemoyan Festival original items,FAVORS for every participants and contest winners, Higomaru Items, > (ENGLISH)

    【City Promotion Division, Kumamoto City】
    <FAVORS for contest winners>  (ENGLISH)

    【PGT TRADiNG, based in Kumamoto Pre】
    <FAVORS for the contest winners, Pet supplements> (ENGLISH)

    <USA distributor of Muscat cider>

    Thank you so much for all the supports.

    1 · August 31, 2013

  • Yukie M.

    Can Japanese join this event?

    2 · August 30, 2013

    • yoijoho

      Of course, we need more Japanese people. Please bring your friends, too!

      August 30, 2013

    • Yukie M.

      OK. Thank you:)

      August 31, 2013

  • yoijoho

    Unless we have a storm, this event will go on! If the event is really canceled due to storm, we will refund your admission. So take advantage of advanced payment.

    1 · August 27, 2013

  • yoijoho

    Hi everyone, if you pay in advance on line, you will get $3 off! Go to your profile page today, click on "Add membership dues" and type in $17.

    August 26, 2013

  • masa a

    Please let us know how we can pay through PayPal.

    August 24, 2013

    • yoijoho

      Masa san, go to your profile page, click add membership dues and type in $17. Please let me know if it worked.

      August 24, 2013

  • Devin R.

    i'll try to come

    August 22, 2013

  • nadaniel

    What if your homeless and have not enough money for a yukata but I will have the money for the admission fee so that won't be a problem at all

    August 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Very good question, I don't have a yukata...

      August 15, 2013

    • yoijoho

      It won't be necessary to wear Yukata. you can come in jeans and T-shirt. I don't have it either so I may be dressed like a Samba Dancer ;)

      August 15, 2013

  • yoijoho

    We are giving away マスカットサイダー(Muscat cider) from Iwate prefecture in Japan for the first 40 people arrived at the "Bonodori" event. Check out the link below for the Muscat Cider. The label of the bottle is retro and so cute.

    1 · August 14, 2013

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