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Obon. Most young men who have an idea of what this season means usually think, “Bon dances! Meet girls, walk around and look good, eat barbecue sticks and corn-on-the-cob.” And most girls with any...

Bon Dance

S. Sanae Imada Vol. 1, No. 5, July 18, 1980 Colorful Japanese lanterns, chochin, swing in the intermittent breeze and light the warm night with their gentle glow. The rhythmic beats of a large drum punctuate...

Jean Sakihara

Aisha A.C. Wang Vol. 19, No. 3, Feb. 6, 1998 “Don’t force,” says Jean Sakihara when people try to drag their friends to attend her kimono culture class. As a teacher of Japanese language and culture...

Tea Houses: Old Japan In Hawaii

To hear the pleasant non-sound of running water from a sparkling stream is a relaxing mind massager. To feel a cool breeze wafting in from the still water of a manicured pond becomes a...

The Training Of Itamae

Lisa Fowler Vol. 5, No. 10, April 20, 1984 Raw quail eggs resting on flying fish roe and raw squid placed on a bed of rice probably wouldn’t appeal to the Western palate at first. However,...

Portraits of Internment

Laura Hirayama Vol. 3, No. 23, Dec. 3, 1982 Dear Daddy, . . . I am waiting for you to come home to show you how I can dance. I can swim too. I go swimming with...

“Eyes Of The Emperor”

EYES OF THE EMPEROR By Shara Yuki Enay Birbirsa

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READ ORIGINAL STORY Author Graham Salisbury’s stop in Honolulu for the Sons and Daughters of the 100th’s Veterans Day book signing was part of the final leg of a two-week-long, 11-city book-signing tour. Salisbury, who...

The Kotohira Jinsha

Mark Santoki Vol. 13, No. 1, Jan. 1, 1992 Every day, thousands of people whiz past the Kotohira Jinsha without even knowing it. But at rush hour, drivers caught in bumper-to-bumper traffic near the Houghtailing or...

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Genevieve A. Suzuki Vol. 22, No. 23, Dec. 7, 2001 Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa isn’t your typical movie actor. He doesn’t schmooze with big names such as Ben Affleck, his co-star in “Pearl Harbor”; he doesn’t have an...

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