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...

To the skies

The intriguing story of "Nisei stewardesses" lives on. In the month following the Tohoku earthquake, Americans have given $246 million to relief and recovery efforts in Japan. Alabama plans on folding paper cranes for Japan. Internment photographs...

Sailing from Hawaii to Japan on waves

Here's a neat story coming out of the Honolulu Yacht Harbor. Yesterday, World Record-holder Kenichi Horie departed from Hawaii on a boat bound for Japan. The catch? The boat is fueled by wave power. The...

Japanese whiskey ichiban

Move over Wild Turkey. Take a seat Jack Daniel's. There's a new whiskey in town (actually, two) and the name(s) might shock you. Whisky Magazine's famous World Whiskey Awards have named two Japanese whiskeys as...

How do you say “ohana” in Japanese?

In an article in the Wall Street Journal, "Lilo & Stitch," the popular Disney duo, will be adapted into a Japanese television show called "Stitch" this October. Only instead of Lilo, the orphan who...

Mariah Carey’s blooper in Japan

Ahh, throwing out the first pitch. It's a long-time tradition in baseball that dates back to President William Howard Taft in 1910. The ceremonial act has expanded beyond Presidents to celebrities and various persons...

Women’s pro softball and Ms. Baseball in Japan

It's no secret that The Hawaii Herald has frequently blogged about Japanese baseball. But professional fastpitch softball? That's a first for us. Enter Kristen Bell, catcher and team captain of the Akron Racers, a professional...

There’s nothing like a tall glass of Placenta juice in the morning

The idea might sound shocking if you have never tried it, but according to this blog in Wired, the Japanese love drinking Placenta. Yes, I am talking about a health drink made from "that" placenta. Although...

Japanese rugby . . . who’s ready?

There's nothing like some good old-fashioned rugby news to get you over the Hump Day. That's extra good news for rugby fans in Japan, who just might be getting a new franchise there in the...

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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