Books, balloons, and newspapers

The fight to save Japanese American newspapers rages on. Got a hankering for some books? Try these Japanese American works. "Lost Battalion" and 442nd soldiers meet once again. A hibakusha, or atomic bomb survivor, speaks out at...

America loves Japanese glass art

Japanese art has spanned many genres - woodblock prints, calligraphy, ceramics - but, as The Wall Street Journal's Lee Lawrence writes in this article, Japanese artists are embracing a new medium: glass art. According to...
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HIFF – Asian Cinerama: Asian Film Awards Academy Roadshow

“FIRES ON THE PLAIN” | Festival Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 108 min. Written and directed by Shinya Tsukamoto. “Fires on the Plain” follows a soldier, Tamura (Eiji Funakoshi), who, along with hordes...

Wednesday bullets

Jim Allen, sportswriter for the Daily Yomiuri, writes that Japanese baseball needs to learn how to travel before they find international success. Forget about The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, this upcoming movie is...

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...

Ramen Girl, Mochi making and The Karate Kid

Film star Jackie Chan may play the role made famous by Pat Morita in the upcoming remake of The Karate Kid. The Ramen Girl, starring Brittany Murphy, gets ready for its release. Mochi-making lives on in...
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HIFF – Creative Lab

“CHOKE MISREPRESENTATION: ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN IMAGES ON SCREEN” | World Premiere | United States | English | 60 min. Diversity and inclusion have been hot topics in film and TV this year. A recent study...

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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HIFF – Shorts Before Feature

“IM/PERFECTION” | World Premiere | United States | English | 12 min. Directed by Andrew Higa Hiroshi Hida immigrated to Hawai‘i from Japan in 1961. He struggled to learn English, but excelled in math and painting...
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HIFF – Careful What You Pack

“SUMÖ ROAD – THE MUSICAL” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 25 min. Written and directed by Ken Ochiai. Kure, an overweight exchange student from Taiwan, has a hard time fitting in...

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