ABOUT US

ABOUT

“New York no Asagohan” is Japanese and means Breakfast in New York. This website features video interviews of New Yorkers who enjoy Asian cultures over the breakfast. It also presents various contents related to Asia.

 

CONCEPT

Discover Asia in New York and enjoy Asian cultures.

 

BACKGROUND

Asia is abundant in culture. In New York City, many people have interests in Asian cultures and adapt them to their own lifestyles. The wonderful thing is that they love and enjoy not only the culture in his/her background but also other Asian cultures. New York is the best place to explore Asian cultures and observe how they are being developed and fused.

 

OUR STORY

Rausu Kombu came to New York City from Tokyo in 2000. A couple of years after getting settled, she found that in New York City there were many people from all over Asia. They spoke their own languages or dialects and cherished their native cultures in their ethnic communities. Kombu was shocked to realize that she knew almost nothing about Asian cultures other than her own and that she lived in the best place in the world to get to know about various Asian cultures and languages. However, each Asian community seemed to exist exclusively and did not interact with each other.
 
Kombu happened to meet two Asian women, a Korean and a Chinese and became friends with them. They wanted to understand more about the Japanese and their culture. And Kombu wanted to know about their cultures. She also desired to find what she had in common with them. Korea and China are geographically close to Japan but Kombu didn’t feel much connection with them. However having friends from those countries, she began to feel that those countries are her friends’ homelands. This perception became an eye opener for her.
 
These two personal experiences pushed Kombu to think more about Asia. “Wouldn’t it be nice to have more Asian friends?” “How exciting to learn about unfamiliar Asian cultures?” she thought. “But how?” Then an idea popped up: How about building a system to explore Asian communities and make Asian friends? This concept was sitting at a corner of her mind for years.
 
Time passed with Kombu doing nothing. Meanwhile political issues rose from time to time between China or Korea and Japan. Kombu said to herself, “If not now, when should I do it?” She started her project.
 
“New York no Asagohan” was born in September 2014. Since then numerous New Yorkers have participated in video content and showed their love, passion and respect towards Asian cultures. Asian language native speakers shared their native languages and dialects with us.
 
Thank you for all who cooperated with us to make “New York no Asagohan” happen. And thank all for visiting this online community.

 

CONTACT

Kombu Productions, Ltd. info@kombuproductions.com

 

STAFF PROFILE

 

RAUSU KOMBU is the producer of Kombu Productions, Ltd. and the Asian cultural website: New York no Asagohan. She is from Japan and has been living in New York since 2000. She found that many Asians came to New York from all over Asia and realized that she knew almost nothing about Asia outside of Japan. Eager to know about Asia through people in New York, she wanted to find a vehicle that allowed her to meet Asians easily. She created “New York no Asagohan.” Kombu also works as a Japanese writer with another name: Asao Teshirogi.

 

RODNEY ALAN GREENBLAT: The “Asagohan” liberty statue character is designed by well known artist and character designer Rodney Alan Greenblat. Rodney’s designs are well known in Japan for projects such as “Parappa The Rapper” Sony Playstation game series, “Marty Bagel” food product series for Family Mart convenience stores, album covers and TV set designs for J-pop group “Puffy”, and many other characters such as “Thunder Bunny” and “JR Kyushu Sugoca Frog Family.” Rodney lives in New York. You can learn more on his website: whimsyload.com.

 

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OUR SPONSORS

We are grateful to have generous sponsors who understand New York no Asagohan's mission and support us. Their financial support make it possible for us to run this website and provide exposure for small local businesses.