Preview: Nichibei Exchange 日米 Colloquium Wed. Sept. 16, 2015

Event:  Nichibei exchange round table event with Scarby Smith who shares his decades of experience of working in Japan and with the Japanese people.

Date:  Wednesday September 16, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30pm

Location: Epstein Becker & Green 250 Park Avenue (@46th St.)

Damage:  Free but you must RSVP (seating is limited)

You must join Nichibei’s Facebook page to RSVP.

International affairs enthusiasts, academics and Japanophiles make up the bulk of this round-table lecture series, which after a year-long  hiatus is back at Park Avenue and now headed by Laura Jackson. Discussions are in English, and topics range from Japanese cuisine, culture, and sports to international business and foreign affairs. All

Nichibei events begin with participants and visitors intoducing themselves; just name, rank and serial number if you get my drift. After each lecture, there is a brief Q&A, followed by a meet and greet.

Personally, I really like this exchange because I always learn something new and meet new people. The events are small so it has a more relaxed feel.

Spirikal’s tips:

  • Events are free but seating at the round table is very limited so RSVP early.
  • You must bring a photo ID for the security desk. The guards are generally used to these events.
  • Bring your business or greeting cards for the networking bit, and on a cultural note, Japanese introduce themselves by exchanging business cards (using two hands of course ^^ ).
  • Business attire is strongly recommended. Most of the particiants are professionals and are coming from work.
  • If you feel like a nightcap or a bite afterward, there are loads of options within 10 minutes walking distance. See list below:
  1. Hagi Izakaya and Sake Bar ($) cheap grub with loads of sake.
  2. Iroha ($) also owners of Hagi downstairs. Casual, reliable Japanese cuisine with booze. Great value and good seating. Sapporo, a Ramen shop is just next door if you fancy a bowl of noodles.
  3. Udon West ($) a reliable Izakaya, great price, pitchers of beer and good grub.
  4. Whiskey Blue Lounge at the W Hotel on 50th and Lexington  ($$) Upscale whisky bar with the Oasis Lounge in the lobby of the W. Bear in mind that the Waldorf Astoria has a really nice old school wine bar across the street.