What happens in Japan stays in Japan. Or does it?

If you've ever seen the movie "Lost in Translation" starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johannson you can picture the image: a famous actor pitching a product to a Japanese camera crew. For many years,...

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Asian contemporary art is all the rage at Christie's, including the work of Japanese American Masami Teraoka. The Wall Street Journal reviews Yoko Kawaguchi's new book Butterfly's Sisters, which examines the Western portrayal of Japanese...
Hawaii Okinawa Creative Arts will perform at 9:50 am on Sunday (Photo courtesy HOCA)

2017 Okinawan Festival – MUSIC, DANCE, AND LOTS MORE!

SATURDAY, SEPT. 2, 2017  (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 9 a.m. RYUKYU SOKYOKU KOYO KAI HAWAII SHIBU Jane Kaneshiro and Bonnie Miyashiro, Co-chairs Jane Kaneshiro Sozan Kai Bonnie Miyashiro Soho Kai Toma Toyoko Sokyoku Kai Yamashiro Yoneko Sokyoku Kenkyu Kai Yasuko Arakawa Aki no Kai Sunny Tominaga Sokyoku Sanyuukai Chieko Miyasato Sokyoku Kai 9:30 a.m. RYUKYU KOTEN....
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....

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...

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...
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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...

Mocking Godzilla and celebrating sushi

Seattle Mariners manager and Japanese American Don Wakamatsu honors his ethnic heritage. If you like Japanese monster movies and mockumentaries, you might want to check out "Big Man Japan." ABC's hit show "I Survived a Japanese...

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,...

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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