EMIKO, Silicone Valley, and the latest newspaper casualty

Another sad day for Japanese American newspapers. Japanese American musician EMIKO will be featured at Japan Music Week. Silicone Valley remembers World War II. Hip rollers? Germanium baths? Will Japan's beauty products find a market outside the...

Stories from WWII-era AJAs hit the Portland stage

Alton Takiyama-Chung, a former Honolulu resident who now lives in Portland, is bringing the story of the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team to the stage. The 49-year-old actor tells the Oregonian's...
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2017 Okinawan Festival – Countdown on to the 35th Okinawan Festival!

Okinawan Festival Returning to Kapi‘olani Park Labor Day Weekend After cancelling last year’s Okinawan Festival just days before the signature summer event was set to open, citing safety concerns over an approaching hurricane, the Hawaii United Okinawa Association’s 2,000-plus volunteers will be out in force “Sharing Uchinanchu Aloha” during Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday,....

Robot girlfriend, new Japanese cinema and American Astro Boy

Remember when everyone used to joke about having a robot girlfriend way, way, wayyyy into the future? Well, thanks to Sega Toys, the same company which brought us the popular Playstation 3 console, that...

Tuesday bullets

The question that American automakers desperately want answered: Can they top their Japanese competition? An interesting movie premise: Earthquakes suck every country under the ocean . . . except Japan. A former prisoner in a...

Kurt Suzuki and Writing About Japan

Oakland A's catcher and Maui native Kurt Suzuki never forgets where he is from. Turn the volume on your computers up: Writing About Japan. A documentary about groundbreaking Japanese American actor Jack Soo premieres in Sacramento. Former...

What’s new at Ellis Island?

Pop quiz: Which Japanese American players have played in the NBA. Click here to find out if you are correct. A Japanese American exhibit at Ellis Island gets commissioned. Celebrating Japanese American Baseball Heritage Night with...

Tuesday bullets

Nancy Pelosi, who is next in line to the Presidency after Vice-President Dick Cheney, becomes the highest ranking U.S. figure to visit the atom bomb site at Hiroshima. A Fresno Japanese American carries on his...

Food, college degrees, and a little Deerhoof

The news articles, two college degrees, two intriguing stories. The city of Roseville erects a monument to honor local Japanese Americans who fought in World War II (with audio). Linda Yee, a Sedona resident, talks about...
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2017 Okinawan Festival – Even More Culture in this Year’s Cultural Tent!

The Okinawan Festival’s Cultural Tent is a great place to spend several hours of your time at the festival expanding your knowledge of Okinawan culture. The Cultural Tent, which is organized annually by the Hui O Laulima women’s group, will feature an even wider selection of displays and activities this year — and more tent....

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