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Asian contemporary art is all the rage at Christie's, including the work of Japanese American Masami Teraoka. The Wall Street Journal reviews Yoko Kawaguchi's new book Butterfly's Sisters, which examines the Western portrayal of Japanese...
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HIFF – Spotlight on Japan

“OVER THE FENCE” | U.S. Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 112 min. Written by Yasushi Sato and Ryo Takada. Directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita. From Yamashita (“Linda Linda Linda,” “La La La at Rock...

Meet Japan’s newest foreign ambassador: Hello Kitty

It's no secret that Japan's famous Hello Kitty is popular. Well, the world renowned Sanrio product just jumped another notch on the popularity scale. The New York Times' Mike Nizza reports here that Japan's...
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Arty Business – Asa Ige Says it with Flowers

Melissa Tanji Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Maui boy Asa Ige has taken his love for art and a fondness for ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, and developed a successful flower design business on his home island. In the process, he has met such notable figures such as television personality Oprah Winfrey, His....
Hiroko Matayoshi working on a hanaui project. (Photos by Colin Sewake)

My Hawaii – Yomitan Weavers Planning Hawaii Demo

MY HAWAII BY Colin Sewake VISITING YOMITAN HANAUI Location: Takashiho, Yomitan; July 16, 2018 This morning, fellow Okinawa-Hawaii Kyou-kai member Masaji Matsuda asked if I could come over to Yomitan Hanaui’s Namihira studio, which, actually, is located in Takashiho. He wanted to introduce me to some ladies who weave traditional Okinawan textiles. Yomitan Hanaui’s main....

“Rock’n The Holidays With Rakugo!”

Honolulu Theatre for Youth has the perfect solution for filling your holidays with merriment. “Rock’n the Holidays With Rakugo!” will be on-stage at Tenney Theatre through Dec. 20. The production, which features three stories, was...

Japanese-American graffiti artist rocks London

If you happen to be in London between now and May 24, you might want to check out this exhibit by Japanese-American graffiti artist Gajin Fujita at the Haunch of Venison. Fujita, an artist from...
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HIFF – Fantastic Asia

“SADAKO VS. KAYAKO” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 98 min. Written and directed by Koji Shiraishi. Two ghosts — Sadako (“The Ring”) and Kayako (“The Grudge”) — who each spawned a...

Scribblenauts and kabuki

A belated Christmas present for Japanese American internment camp sites. West Coasters like their kabuki. Good news for fans of Japanese boxing. The popular video game Scribblenauts gets a Japanese makeover. Artwork from famed Japanese American artist Jimmy...
Photo of Romi Beppu at the entrance to her new studio.

The Arts – Passing on Her Passion

Principal Dancer Romi Beppu is Training the Next Generation of Principal Dancers Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald At age 34, ballerina Romi Beppu had realized most of her dreams: She had attained the rank of “principal dancer,” and she had toured the U.S. mainland, Europe and Japan with major international ballet companies.....

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