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...

Poetry boxing and the art of the verbal jab

It's no secret that technology has grown exponentially over the past decade. But has human interaction suffered because of that growth? There are some in Japan who say yes. A decade ago, as a response...
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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,....

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.....

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...
Singer Karen Keawehawaii sings “Kawa no Nagare no Youni” as the hula halau, Ka Lä ‘Önohi Mai O Ha‘e Ha‘e, dance hula to the song. The hula was choreographed by her daughter Tracie and her husband, Keawe Lopes, both of whom are kumu hula. (Photo courtesy Karen Keawehawai‘i)

Lead Story – Memories of Misora Hibari

And the Power of Hibari’s Classic “Kawa no Nagare no Youni” Jodie Chiemi Ching Hawai‘i’s enthusiasm for Japanese popular music started after World War II. “By 1950, nisei orchestras were flourishing and performing to enthusiastic Japanese American audiences. These orchestras whetted the appetite for Japanese popular entertainment that was cautious at first and grew with....

Scott Fujita, Kristi Yamaguchi, and Brooklyn Rider

With the New Orleans Saints' victory in the Super Bowl, the compelling story of linebacker Scott Fujita gets its shine. Figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi finds out some interesting information about her ancestral history on the...

Beetles and baseball and more

Japanese American veterans take a moment to remember those who served America. There's a rumor out that Ken Watanabe - who starred in The Last Samurai - will be directing a movie on the 442nd...
'Tobe! UTA Sanshin New York Preview Performance'

“Tobe! UTA Sanshin” New York Preview Performance

WHO/WHAT: Carnegie Hall . . . Here they come! Afuso Ryu Gensei Kai Hawaii will present a preview performance of the Okinawan koten (classical) and minyo (folk) music and dance numbers they will perform...

Tuesday bullets

The question that American automakers desperately want answered: Can they top their Japanese competition? An interesting movie premise: Earthquakes suck every country under the ocean . . . except Japan. A former prisoner in a...

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