Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York — Martial Arts, Hayao Miyazaki and ‘Evangelion’ at Comic Con

"The Wind Rises," the latest film from director Hayao Miyazaki, premieres at Alice Tully Hall in New York Sept. 28. (Studio Ghibli)

The Wind Rises, the latest film from director Hayao Miyazaki, has its U.S. premiere at  New York’s Alice Tully Hall Sept. 28. (Studio Ghibli)

By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories.

Saturday, Sept. 28, 3:00 p.m.

All American Open International Karate Championships

Hunter College Sportsplex, 68th Street and Lexington Avenue

$30 general admission/$65 RES floor/$80 VIP ringside

Get your kicks at this annual event presented by Kyokushin Karate New York, the original and world renowned full-contact knockdown karate style founded in 1953 by Grandmaster Mas Oyama. The All American Open consistently brings the world’s best karate fighters to compete for the amateur athletic championship title. Scheduled fighters Include 2012 All American Open champion Zahari Damyanov, Women’s World Middleweight champion Julie Lamarre, and Men’s World Heavyweight champion Alejandro Navarro.

Sept. 28 & Oct. 4

The Wind Rises

Alice Tully Hall, 1941 Broadway


U.S. premiere! As part of the 51st New York Film Festival, the great Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki’s new (and reportedly final) Studio Ghibli film is based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed the Zero fighter operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy from 1940 to 1945. An elliptical historical narrative, The Wind Rises is also a visionary cinematic poem about the fragility of humanity, starring the voice of Neon Genesis Evangelion director Hideaki Anno! Presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

Sept. 29, 5:00 p.m.

Rainbow Bubble Girls Open Audition as Talent Contest

Maid Cafe NY, 150 Centre Street


Girl group Rainbow Bubble, an international all-girl idol group based in New York, is now looking for new members who can sing in different languages and dance. This current contest (which precludes semi-finals and finals to come) offers a top prize valued at $500 and a chance to receive an exclusive artist contract! Click here for contest rules and email StarGenerationsINC@gmail.com to pre-register.

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