Asian American jazz and Tatsu Aoki

Ever wanted to hear Taiko drumming with tradition Jazz sounds? Then Tatsu Aoki is your man. Aoki is a renowned Chicago bassist with over 100 albums to his name. Last weekend, Aoki performed his brand...

Go Speed Racer . . . Go!

Go Speed Racer! All the way to the movie theaters! If you haven't already heard, the new Speed Racer movie, starring Emile Hirsch as Speed, and directed by the Wachowski Brothers of Matrix fame, hits...

Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda holds art show at the JANM

Yesterday, we told you about a Japanese American graffiti artist named Gajin Fujita who's work is being exhibited in London. Today, it's a rock star, Mike Shinoda of the popular bands Linkin Park and...

Japanese whiskey ichiban

Move over Wild Turkey. Take a seat Jack Daniel's. There's a new whiskey in town (actually, two) and the name(s) might shock you. Whisky Magazine's famous World Whiskey Awards have named two Japanese whiskeys as...

Gene Simmons: Manga Superstar

" I wanna rock and roll all night and party every day." Who hasn't sung, or at least heard, those famous Kiss lyrics before? Very few people, I imagine. Gene Simmons, bass player for that band...

21: racist or just entertainment?

Here's a common scenario: It's a Saturday night and you're at the movie theater, trying to decide which flick to see. You browse through the listings, look for something interesting and buy your ticket....

Can you survive a Japanese game show?

First there was "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" then there was "Deal of No Deal," and coming June 24 on ABC, there's “I Survived A Japanese Game Show.” According to this New York Times...

The Legend of Long Duk Dong

In the 1980s you would be hard-pressed to find somebody who did not watch the movie Sixteen Candles. It starred Molly Ringwald, one of the biggest teen stars of the decade, and was written...

Only the Brave at the Hawaii Theatre!

Last week the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii hosted a DVD Release Screening of the 2005 film Only the Brave, starring Lane Nishikawa, Jason Scott Lee and the late Pat Morita at the Hawaii...

Goodness gracious, great c-notes of fire!

Anyone who has ever taken piano lessons as a child has probably toyed with the idea of smashing the piano in frustration, or maybe even burning it. Well, 66-year-old Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita did...

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