The 29th Annual Okinawan Festival

This weekend is the 29th Okinawan Festival. Due to popular demand, here is the schedule of the festivities: SATURDAY, SEPT. 3, 2011 (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 9 a.m.        RYUKYU SOKYOKU KOYO KAI HAWAII SHIBU Yoneko Yamashiro Edmondson,...

It’s Cupid’s Day Once Again

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto

Monday bullets

Never forgetting a day that lived in infamy. Big, big news for retired general Eric Shinseki. The debate rages on: red meat vs. soy. Young Japanese American professionals try to reconnect with their culture in California. A former...
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Ryan’s Table – To Excite, Encourage, Raise Up and Rouse

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto To excite, encourage, raise up and rouse. That is the translation of the name of a new Honolulu restaurant, Pai Honolulu (from its original name, Ho‘opai). It’s also how chef and owner Kevin Lee wants his guests to feel about their dining experience at Pai Honolulu. You probably thought the....

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...

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...

McDonald’s, Sushican, and Matsuzaka

A little bit of Hawaii and a little bit of Japan in San Francisco. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune asks: Should Pasadena City College award degrees to former students who were sent to internment camps...

E. coli shuts down Sekiya’s

It seems like E. coli is everywhere. First it was in spinach, then it was in beef, now it's in Sekiya's Restaurant in Kaimuki. According to the Honolulu Advertiser, the longtime Japanese eatery is shutting...

Kurt Suzuki and Writing About Japan

Oakland A's catcher and Maui native Kurt Suzuki never forgets where he is from. Turn the volume on your computers up: Writing About Japan. A documentary about groundbreaking Japanese American actor Jack Soo premieres in Sacramento. Former...

Pound That Sauce

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto

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