Mr. Big, Afro Samurai and sheep

A list of nearly 6,000 Japanese military personnel who passed away in U.S. custody during WWII has been discovered. What's an Afro Samurai? The answer: an animated adventure that represents both U.S. and Japanese pop...

Teriyaki Boyz and imitation crab, plus Mario

Ginza's famous Kabuki-za theater is headed for a huge, possibly controversial, transformation. The Japanese rap supergroup, Teriyaki Boyz, which includes Japanese American emcee Wise, traces their rise to international recognition. Not so great news for Mario...

Tiny Monday bullets

A Japanese-style garden aims to bring tranquility to the people of Nikkei Senior Gardens in Arleta, CA. TIME takes a look at the Japanese town of Kuzumaki, which kicked its dependence on oil. Not so great...

Colonel Sanders, the Masters and Silicon Valley

Finally . . . the curse of Colonel Sanders is over! A lesson in American-Okinawan cultural exchange . . . And Japanese students learn about American education. Tracing the impact of Japanese Americans in the Pacific...

Marriages, Japantown, and a charter school

Livonia, Mich. is ready to open a Japanese American charter school in September. Asian Americans are enlisting in the U.S. army at a "remarkable rate." The Japanese government awards businessman Junki Yoshida with its Foreign Minister’s...
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Business – Long Life Sun Noodle

Thirty-five Years of Long Life and Good Fortune Jodie Chiemi Ching Special to The Hawai‘i Herald For many Japanese, noodles are a must-have at New Year’s. Toshikoshi Soba are buckwheat noodles traditionally eaten on New Year’s Eve to help you “leap from the old year into the new year.” Noodles in general are also said....
Eric and Lisa Inouye in a group photo with family members and friends.

Glenwood – Hirano Store Celebrates 100 Years!

From Issei Entrepreneur to Sansei Business Major, Hirano Store Has a Rich History Patsy Y. Iwasaki Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Buckets of rain had been falling in East Hawai‘i all week long and it looked like it was going to be another soggy and overcast day. But the gloomy weather couldn’t dampen the spirits....
Stephen and Tracey Seta with daughter Sophia. (Photo courtesy Tracey Seta)

Business Profile – 9Bar HNL Coffee and Eats

Blending Cultures and Flavors Jodie Chiemi Ching First came love, then marriage and then a coffee shop in SALT at Our Kaka‘ako — Honolulu’s hottest new community for foodies. Together, Stephen and Tracey Seta are the coffee and food-geek power couple behind 9Bar HNL, a specialty coffee shop with fresh-baked goods and made-to-order breakfasts served....
Group photo of Seiwajyuku Hawai‘i members gathering for a group photo with Seiwajyuku founder Kazuo Inamori

Business – Seiwajyuku Hawai‘i, “A Philosophy Dojo For Business and Life”

Jodie Chiemi Ching Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Call it a business manager’s “dojo (practice hall) of life.” Seiwajyuku Hawai‘i integrates gratitude, karma and the development of a beautiful mind prioritized through marketing, policies and procedures and financial goals. Seiwajyuku, which, translated, means “school of prosperity and harmony,” was established in 1983 by Japanese philanthropist....
Honda Food Processing products range from kim chee varieties to ogo namasu to takuan and more.

Lead Story – The True Grit Honda Foods Story

From Farm to ’Fridge, Naoki and Rose Honda are Keeping Tsukemono Culture Alive Arnold Hiura Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Tsukemono just might be one of the most underrated components in Japanese cuisine. Many local folks have grown up with that simple side dish of pickled veggies that provides a refreshing crunch and palate-cleansing sparkle....

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