Summer reading, Japanese gardens and Stephen Strasburg

Taky Kimura, a close friend of the late Bruce Lee, receives his high school diploma 67 years later. Could pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the number one overall pick in this year's draft, be headed for Japan...
Photo of the students visiting with Bishop Shugen Komagata of the Soto Mission of Hawaii at the main temple in Nu‘uanu

Community – A Whole New World

Soto Mission of Hawaii Hosts Ministers’ Children from Japan Jodie Chiemi Ching Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Hawai‘i’s Japanese American community has come a long way since 1903 when Soto Zen priests first arrived in the Islands to provide spiritual support to the immigrants working under harsh conditions on the sugar plantations. When World War....

Former Japanese American students finally receive degrees

About a month ago, we told you that the University of Oregon would be giving Japanese American students who were removed from school during World War II honorary degrees. Well, this past Sunday, those...

The beauty of Japanese maples

In Hawaii it is easy to take the warm weather for granted. It's a virtual constant that leaves us in the land of summer nearly the entire year. But all around the world, people...

Food for the soul and peace for the mind

Japanese American war experiences fill out one Amerasian school's curriculum in Okinawa. Digging for internment history. Seattle's food options just got a little tastier thanks to a little place called Seafood City. Strolling through Little Tokyo in...
Pacific Buddhist Academy students Kano Hashimoto (right) and Yuma Sky Tochika practice chadö under the watchful eye of Marion Yasui-Sensei (in kimono). (Photos by Alan Kubota/Courtesy PBA)

Education – Teaching Peace and Mindfulness Through Tea

Chadö Will Soon be Included in Pacific Buddhist Academy’s Required Curriculum Kristen Nemoto Jay Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Today’s millennials can often be found with their heads buried in their laptop computers or mesmerized with their thumb-happy smartphone devices. So words such as “silence” or “mindfulness” in a classroom setting are often totally foreign....

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...

“What Peace Means To Me”

“If we wish to create a lasting peace we must begin with the children.” – Mahatma Gandhi Sixth graders enrolled in the “Blue Track” at Mililani Middle School hosted a peace ceremony on June 20,...

A little baseball and a little landscaping

Hawaii baseball legend Lenn Sakata isn't optimistic about the future of Japanese American managers in Major League Baseball. How do Suginami residents prevent burglaries? By planting flowers. Kenji Murase, a famous social work professor at San...

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...

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