What To Do In The Big Apple – NYC!

Times Square Named New York’s Top Tourist Attraction

Our friends over at Kaplan International English surveyed more than 350 English language students aged between 18 and 59 from 39 countries to discover what they loved about New York.  The results are in and, from the point of view of this New Yorker, are spot on!

According to a global survey of international students, New York’s neon heart, Times Square, is the city’s most popular tourist attraction. In fact,  visiting Times Square was the preferred tourist activity for more than one-third (35%) of international students with “The Crossroads of the World” proving more popular than many other famous New York destinations.

When asked, “What’s your favourite tourist attraction,” Times Square topped the category  beating the likes of Central Park (24%), Brooklyn Bridge (14%), the Empire State Building (9%) and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (3%).

Kaplan International published the results of their “What to do in New York” survey as a motion graphic. This amazing video graphic takes you on a fabulous journey around some of the most popular places in New York City. Check it out, and then come to NYC. We’re waiting for you!

Guest Blog Post: Starting an Online Business II


A note from Michael: Last October, Yunhee gave us a post on how to start an e-business. Yunhee has worked really hard over the past year to get her online business up and running. Today, she gives us an update!

Hi again! I’m the person who wrote a little bit about my own challenges to start an e-business a few months ago. This time I’d like to introduce my company, OHSHOEDESIGNS. I’m very obsessed with fashion, and I have gradually become a true lover of shoes since 2009. Now, of course, I’m totally into shoes!

One day when I was walking on the street, I felt my high heels were killing my feet. I really wanted to take them off right away, but unfortunately I didn’t bring my flip flops or running shoes. Gosh! this happened so often whenever I wore high heels. I knew because of this reason, although there were many more reasons, some people refuse to wear them. However, there were so many attractive designs of high heels, pumps, and stilettos that I couldn’t help looking at them and trying them on. And I couldn’t stop buying them although I knew they would hurt my feet. I kept wishing that they were a little bit shorter or there was a company that could provide shoes that could change the heels for me. In another words, I could have the same style with my desired heel heights (my desire of heel height). I was sure there were many women who had the same thought as I did, at least a few times, when they went shopping and saw their own dream style of shoes, but they didn’t purchase them because the heel heights were too tall. I gradually started considering the problem and decided to create a shoe business.

Not only does OHSHOEDESIGNS create stylish and one of a kind shoes, but also you can customize the heel heights with the design of shoes you want. In addition, every single leather, fabric, and material is substantially handpicked, and we will be in process to customize heel heights of your shoes right away when you purchase them. My company really cares about individual woman’s comfort and creates unique and fashionable shoes. So please check it out! We hope you enjoy shopping at OHSHOEDESIGNS.com. You can follow OHSHOEDESIGNS on facebook here




Happy Hour FUNdRaiser for NY de Volunteer

I am happy to let everyone here in NYC know that  NY de Volunteer, is hosting a Happy Hour FUNdRaiser on Friday April 19th at Legends NYC. Happy English is proud to be one of the many sponsors of the event, so here are the details. I hope  you can join me at this event!

『Happy Hour FUNdRaiser』

●Date : Friday April 19th, 2013

●Time : 6:30pm – 11:00pm

●Location : Legends NYC

6 West 33rd Street (b/w 5th & 6th Ave)

New York, NY 10001

Free admission. No reservation required.



Come join our Fundraiser and support the children of Explore Japanese Culture After School Program (EJC).

  • Our supporters have donated wonderful prizes for the raffle (including Happy English!).
  • We also have great giveaways in exchange for your donations.
  • All the money received from donations, raffles, and sales of T-shirts and origami earrings will go towards supporting our EJC Program.

Please visit our website for more information.

Through teaching New York City youths about Japanese culture, we hope to nurture strong global citizens.Every 20 dollars raised gives one child a chance to participate in our EJC Program. Imagine a society in which all children can have big dreams!

In order for us to continue and expand our program this year, we ask for your support and donations.

We are looking forward to seeing you there.




●May 12th Sunday, 2013 JAPAN DAY at Central Park

This annual event is a day-long, free festival in NYC, sharing the best of

Japanese culture with food, activities and exciting performances. Last year, our chopstick game booth was a great success!


●June 1st Saturday, 2013 Festival of East Asia at PS199

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The Festival will feature several performances and activities introducing Asian countries to children.


●June, 2013 The Japanese Spa Day

We offer beauty spa treatments such as make-up, nail, and hairstyling for

elders at nursing homesto help enrich their lives. Beauty treatments are effective against depression.


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