Review: Asian Pacific Heritage Month Celebration 5/6/2016

  • The Bottom Line: A great way to spend a Friday evening with  complimentary tours of the Kamakura exhibit, sampling of free cakes, Korean-inspired food cart and cash bar.

 

Let them eat cake

Let them eat cake! Lady M dishes out slices of its signature mille-crêpe gâteau.

With so many things going on at the same time, sadly it didn’t all really come together. And you were left wondering what the event was about.

Despite the rain, turnout was good.

Despite the rain, turnout was good.

Review: It looked an absolute triumph of an event when we arrived. DJ, cash bar and Japanese bakery Lady M dishing out generous portions of its signature mille crêpes cake,

You lookin' at my crêpes?

You lookin’ at my crêpes? Lady M dishes out the cake.

Korean-inspired Korilla BBQ food truck and free tours of the Kamakura exhibit. The turnout was also incredible as people pourred in despite the rain.

I'd rather have gone for halal or momo, to be honest.

Korilla BBQ outside. I’d rather have gone for halal or momo to be honest.

The Kamakura Sculpture Exhibit was the highlight for me. Asia Society offered free tours of this amazing showcase of beautifully made statues from the Kamakura period.  Sadly the exhibit has already ended.

Feeling spiritual - one of the exquisite statues of the Kamakura exhibit

Feeling spiritual – one of the exquisite statues of the Kamakura exhibit

Although this period of Japanese art lasted  about 200 years, it was heavily influential on Japanese culture.

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Taking elements from Buddhist art from China and traditional Japanese technique, this realistic statues showed incredible craftmanship.

One of several free tours of the Kamakura exhibit that evening.

One of several free tours of the Kamakura exhibit that evening.

Interestingly the statue poses were less stylized then those found in India and other parts of South Asia.

I definitely need one of these.

I definitely need one of these.

In the end, however, things got a bit muddled. DJ Sakaki played in his house mixes on a Mac in a corner while no one danced.

Iconic classic designs on skateboards.

Iconic classic designs on skateboards.

Rafael Colon was showcasing his hokusai inspired skateboard designs at the Asia Society bookshop;

Don't do any rail slides with this deck, pal! Rafael Colon makes his mark.

Don’t do any rail slides with this deck, pal! Rafael Colon makes his mark.

Lady M dished out the mille-crêpe cakes and the Korilla BBQ truck was selling their kimchi-spiced tidbits outside.

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Cash bar and mingle

Unfortunately, it felt like a slight hodge podge of too many little things going. Keep it simple next time.

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