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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Quick links

Groundbreaking pitcher Hideo Nomo retired today. The 39-year-old Nomo burst onto the scene with the Dodgers in 1995 and captured the National League Rookie of the Year award. Along the way he opened up...

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