Dan the Automator and mochitsuki in Michigan

The Rafu Shimpo celebrates the performances of Asian and Asian American athletes in 2009. An alarming trend concerning Asian American students and suicide. If you happen to be in the Great Lakes State, you might want...
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Itadakimasu – What Will 2017 Bring?

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto

Aloha Friday bullets

According to Norimitsu Onishi of The New York Times in this extensive article, Japan is taking a hard-hitting approach to expanding waistlines. Millions of people between the age 40 and 74 will have their...

Very scary bullets . . . muahahaha

Boo! Happy Halloween everyone! Hope your day is going well and your evening is a safe one. As always, we give you news from around the globe, but beware, some of the links are...

Japan’s changing tofu industry

Forget rising gas prices, try skyrocketing soybean costs. According to this Wall Street Journal article by Hiroko Tabuchi, the price of U.S. soybeans has risen 60%, making business difficult for Japan's tofu industry. Japan imported...

Growing Mustard Cabbage

If you’re looking for something natural and non-chemical to clear your sinuses, consider a mustard cabbage tsukemono (pickled vegetable). You’ll find that it is not only a pungent vegetable, but a tasty cabbage, as...

Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto

Mixed plate

Bessie Noll, a 15-year-old sophomore in Tokyo's American School in Japan, is turning heads as a member of the varsity baseball team. Attention North Platte, Neb. natives: Get ready for the story of Ben Kuroki,...

Baseball, Manzanar, and Silicon Valley

Seattle reacts to the firing of Don Wakamatsu, Major League Baseball's first Japanese American manager. Irene Hirano Inouye, former president and CEO of the Japanese American National Museum, will talk to UH Mānoa professor emeritus...

The six thousand dollar watermelon, Eastwood and Takei

It's Aloha Friday and what better way to prepare for the weekend than by reading about Star Trek alumni, Clint Eastwood and high-end watermelons? Star Trek alum George Takei speaks to NASA's Goddard Space Flight...

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