Wonder 500 Exhibition

2016 January 31
by Stacy Smith

WIT Life is a periodic series written by professional Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03). She starts her day by watching Fujisankei’s newscast in Japanese, and here she shares some of the interesting tidbits and trends along with her own observations.

I arrived in DC yesterday to begin my first State Department interpreting assignment in a while.  I’m looking forward to working with my Okinawan group as we travel across the country learning about base-hosting communities in the U.S. I hope that knowing our second half will be in San Diego/Hawaii will make surviving the brutal cold awaiting us in our next stop of Omaha, Nebraska a bit easier…

Getting to spend time in such lovely warm weather while New York is in the middle of winter is a great incentive to be on the road, but the hard part is missing out on cool stuff back home.  One such event is the currently running Wonder 500, a collection of Japan’s finest goods, foods and travel experiences.  This free exhibit features products from all 47 Japanese prefectures, in particular items that often cannot be found outside the country.  Offerings are divided into the categories of travel experience, kitchenwares, housewares, stationery, interior, fashion, foods and drinks, meaning there is literally something for everyone!

Wonder 500 is at 4 West 43rd Street and runs from 11 am to 7 pm through February 9, so make sure to check it out before then.

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