2014 HIFF To Feature 23 Japanese Films

By: Karleen C. Chinen | If you love films that stir your senses, then this is the time of the year that you look forward to with special glee, because it means the curtain will be going up on the Hawaii International Film Festival. This year’s HIFF, the 34th annual, will delight audiences from Oct.....

Scribblenauts and kabuki

A belated Christmas present for Japanese American internment camp sites. West Coasters like their kabuki. Good news for fans of Japanese boxing. The popular video game Scribblenauts gets a Japanese makeover. Artwork from famed Japanese American artist Jimmy...
The Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyokai Hawaii Shibu koto association and the Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Nomura Ryu Ongaku Kyokai Hawaii Shibu sanshin association perform together at their October Gödö Ensö Kai.

Community Focus – Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Holds Joint Koto, Sanshin Concert

The Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu koto association and the Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Nomura Ryu Ongaku Kyokai Hawaii Shibu sanshin association held their annual Gödö Ensö Kai, or joint concert, in the Shinshu Kyokai Mission social hall on Oct. 21. The program featured classical Okinawan sanshin and koto music performed jointly and as solos.....

Kokomo Joe and more

The sad tale of "Kokoma Joe," the first Japanese American jockey. Amy Kasai, a respected Japanese American artist in Fresno's art community, passes away. How the Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service impacted World War...
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Rhythm Summit in Concert

WHO/WHAT: RHYTHM SUMMIT, a unique collaboration made possible by the Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts in 2008, brings together the artistry and musicality of world-class artists — Kenny Endo (taiko, bamboo...

Tea and sushi

Hawaii native Ryan Higa, also known as nigahiga, sets a new Youtube milestone with 3 million subscribers. One interpreter explains the difficulties of speaking sushi. The Japanese American National Museum puts a generational spin on tea. If...
Columnist Colin Sewake, his wife Keiko and Malani at the Tökyö Billboard Live club in Roppongi in 2016.

My Hawaii – Memories of Malani

MY HAWAII By Colin Sewake “Okinawa is such a beautiful place, not just the ocean and scenery and culture, but the people. I’ve been treated well and taken care of by many people here in what has become ‘My Hawai‘i.’” — Colin Sewake The passing of Malani Bilyeu, one of Kalapana’s original members, came as....

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...

Friday bullets

The University of Puget Sound awards 36 honorary degrees to Japanese Americans who were forced to leave college during World War II. Japanese Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day in Torrance, Calif. From the UCLA Newsroom: "Lane...

Taratino, Matsui, and some robots

A sneak peak of director Quentin Taratino performing martial arts in a commercial for the Japan-based company Softbank. Robert Fitts, an author of several books on Japanese baseball, discusses New York Yankee slugger Hideki Matsui. University...

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