Meet Japan’s newest foreign ambassador: Hello Kitty

It's no secret that Japan's famous Hello Kitty is popular. Well, the world renowned Sanrio product just jumped another notch on the popularity scale. The New York Times' Mike Nizza reports here that Japan's...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Goodbye, Nichi Bei Times

Sad news for the Nichi Bei Times, northern California's oldest Japanese American newspaper. There is, however, a glimmer of hope. Japan's Uniqlo teams up with Disney. Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda goes for an encore performance at...

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...

MLB season kicks off in Japan

Ahh, springtime. Love is supposedly in the air, but more importantly, so is baseball. The Major League Baseball season kicked off today in Japan, with a match-up between the defending World Series champion Boston Red...

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...

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