Monday bullets

Break out your calendars, the Japanese new wave band, Polysics has announced the dates of its upcoming North American tour. Bad news for drinkers of sake and sho chu. Japanese and Native Hawaiians are two of...

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...

Football, fishing, and a rock garden

Celebrating 70 years of settlement in Eastern Oregon with a Japanese rock garden. Merced College will screen Lane Nishikawa's Only the Brave on November 7. The film, which was released in 2006, centers around the...

Japanese-Mexican-Uruguayan actress ready for stardom

Barbara Mori is ready to enter the Hollywood mainstream. The 30-year-old Japanese-Mexican-Uruguayan actress' new film "Ugly Me" is set to open in Los Angeles and Orange County theaters this Friday. Mori, whose father is Japanese-Uruguayan,...

Oregon AJA shows students the sounds of Hawai`i

Here's a neat story by the Register-Guard's Mark Brown about a Japanese American musician - 52-year-old Los Angeles transplant Maggie Matoba - who is bringing a little bit of Hawai`i to one lucky Oregon...

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...

The Gatekeeper of Enmyoin

Here's a tidbit of information that might appeal to movie buffs: The Gatekeeper of Enmyoin, a documentary film about a 95-year-old Japanese Shingon Buddhist priestess and her mysterious young heiress, airs free on NGN...

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...

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...

NGN3 August Movie Schedule

FRIDAY, AUG. 1 Midnight – The Domain: Duel at Thunder Gate 1:40 a.m.– Three Gamblers 3:10 a.m. – Dolls of the Shogun’s Harem 5:10 a.m. – Case of a Young Lord 5 6:10 a.m. – Yumechiyo 8:20 a.m. – Glorious...

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