Meet Japan’s newest foreign ambassador: Hello Kitty

It's no secret that Japan's famous Hello Kitty is popular. Well, the world renowned Sanrio product just jumped another notch on the popularity scale. The New York Times' Mike Nizza reports here that Japan's...

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...

Fred Korematsu Day, Magic Valley, and 99 Years

Celebrating Fred Korematsu Day. Nearly a decade later, Japanese Americans continue to explore the parallels between the racial fallout from the 9/11 attacks and Executive Order 9066. Remembering the Japanese American experience in Magic Valley before...

Samurai iPhones, Nisei Week, and Pi

Thinking about seeing a movie this week? Beware. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard is making headlines for what some are calling racist content. And, in Japan, McDonald's unveils an ad campaign that some suspect...

Documentaries and internment

A theatrical look into a"neglected chapter in Japanese-American history." Did a "culture of complicity" make Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant more susceptible to disaster? From Venice to Manzanar. Teenagers in Woodlands, Calif. learn about the internment experience...
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Okinawan Festival Food

SPECIAL ITEM:  ANDAGI ALA MODE Sold only during the Bon Dance – Saturday, Sept. 5 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Andagi booth. ALL-TIME FAVORITES! Pig’s Feet Soup: In Uchinaaguchi (Okinawan language), it’s called ashitibichi. Pig’s feet are...

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...

Tadashi Nakamura on PBS

If you are a subscriber of the Herald you probably know about the work of filmmaker Tadashi Nakamura, director of the documentaries Pilgrimage and A Song For Ourselves. Both those films graced our covers...

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...

Like White on Rice

Former internees are helping decide how internment life should be presented to the public at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center. Speaking of internment, a granddaughter of a former internee asks some difficult questions on Minnesota...

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