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...

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...

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...

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...
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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...

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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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,....

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...

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...

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...

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