I've been working on a new website that focuses completely on Japanese events, restaurants, art exhibits, and more in New York City. I wasn't quite ready to launch, but my friends at the Japan Society found the site after I tested an automatic Twitter plugin. The next day, the Japan Society graciously posted a link to the site's Events page on its Facebook page, garnering the site more than 200 hits.
Well, guess the cat's out of the bag! So, here it is . . . tada!
JapanCulture•NYC! It's still very much a work in progress, but I'm pleased with the look right now. Of course, I'll be tweaking things as I get used to how the applications work, and I'll expand the content as well.
The site is based on my writing as the New York Japanese Culture Examiner for Examiner.com. My goal is to create a stand-alone community focused solely on Japanese culture in the city. I'll be doing more in-depth features, spotlighting the people who are making a difference in the Japanese community in New York – without all of those annoying pop-ups. :) Right now I'm posting stories in both Examiner & JapanCulture•NYC, so if you follow both, you'll see some repetition for the time being.
Having this site will make it much easier to support upcoming events. You can see thumbnails of where to go and what to do at the bottom of the page . . .
. . . or by clicking a date on the calendar, you can see all of the events happening that day.
Eventually I'll have restaurant reviews, book reviews, and all different kinds of reviews, too. Stand by for picture galleries and videos. When I figure that out.
Oh yeah, please follow the Twitter account as well: @JapanCultureNYC.
Shrinecastle will remain my blog, where I post quirky things about Japan and other miscellaneous stuff that's more on the lighter side.
Please take a look at japanculture-nyc.com and feel free to provide feedback. It's in its infancy, but it should be growing up soon.