Japanese Director Makes Film Inspired By Sadako’s Story

By Chitose Nakagawa/Kyodo News LOS ANGELES — A Japanese film director based in Los Angeles has made a film about how people have drawn strength from the story of 12-year-old Sadako Sasaki, who died of...

Japanese Jazz Trio Sets Guinness Record As Oldest

By Yui Yamazaki/Kyodo News ÖSAKA — The Guinness Book of World Records has recognized a Japanese jazz trio as the band with the oldest average age: 83 years. The members of the group, Golden Senior Trio,...

“Wind From Hawai‘i — Nänä I Ke Kumu” In Okinawa

Review by Shoko Yonaha Translated from the July 1, 2015, Ryukyu Shimpo Editor’s note: Last June, Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone-Sensei, shihan (master instructor) of Jimpu Kai USA, Kin Ryöshö Ryükyü Geinou Kenkyusho, honored the legacy of her...

Musical About Internment Opens In New York

NEW YORK — A musical inspired by veteran actor George Takei’s childhood experiences in a World War II internment camp will open on Broadway on Nov. 8 in New York. Takei, known for his role...

Nationwide Organization Launched To Promote “Ninja Culture”

TÖKYÖ — Tales of the legendary ninja abound in Japanese films and anime, but tourists in Japan can now experience the culture following the introduction of a new organization that honors the ancient mercenaries. The...
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World War Ii-based Film, “unbroken,” To Premiere In Japan In 2016

TÖKYÖ — “Unbroken,” a Hollywood film based on author Laura Hillenbrand’s book about the life of U.S. Olympian Louis “Louie” Zamperini, a World War II prisoner of war in Japan, will debut in Tökyö...

Media Images: Why We Should Care

Guy Aoki Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald After moving to the Los Angeles area in 1983, I learned of the importance of the original “Star Trek” television series. Asian Americans from Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco all...

NGN Series Spotlights Hawai‘i – Japan Sister-State Ties

Hawai‘i’s sister-state ties with Japan are the focus of a series of programs airing on Oceanic Cable’s Nippon Golden Network, a subscription-based network of stations. The series highlights Hawai‘i’s sister-state relationships with Fukuoka, Okinawa,...
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“Cool Japan” Consortium To Buy U.S. Subtitling Giant

TÖKYÖ — Public-private investor Cool Japan Fund has announced that it will partner with the film company Imagica Robot Holdings Inc. and trader Sumitomo Corp. in acquiring the American-owned SDI Media Group Inc. for...
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Studio Ghibli Animation Structures Recreated For Exhibition

TÖKYÖ — Only a few more days remain to view the Edo-Tökyö Open Air Architectural Museum’s special exhibition of unique buildings and structures that appeared in Studio Ghibli animation films. Since opening last July,...

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