Kenichi Horie completes his long mission

In March, we told you about Kenichi Horie, a Japanese yachtsman who was setting sail for Japan from Hawaii on a boat powered by ocean waves. Well, consider the mission complete as of this...

75-year-old plans on climbing Mt. Everest . . . again

Who says climbing Mt. Everest was hard? Not Yuichiro Miura, that's for sure. In this article in the Agence France-Presse, the 75-year-old Miura plans to climb the lofty mountain yet another time. In 1970 he...

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...

Dispatches From Japan – THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN JAPAN

A Personal Journal From January to April 2021 Kalani M. Fujiwara Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Japan’s vaccination efforts started with the vaccination of all medical personnel in Japan on February 2021. Since Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was the...

Japan’s Zenkoji Temple boycotts Olympic torch relay

On Monday, we told you about Masahisa Tsujitani's one-man boycott of the Olympics, now, according to this article in Voice of America, a Japanese Buddhist temple is refusing to host the Olympic torch because...

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...

Dispatches From Japan – THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN JAPAN

A Personal Journal from November 2019 through April 2020 Kalani M. Fujiwara Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald At the start of April 2020, Prime Minister Abe declared a nationwide month-long State of Emergency to mitigate the spread...

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...

Apparently Okinawans love their spam, too

It's no surprise to anyone in Hawaii that local residents like their spam, rice, eggs and root beer. Well, according this article in the New Zealand-based Stuff, so do Okinawans. In Okinawa, large square "onigiri"...
Bentendo temple and apartment towers illuminated at night in Tökyö, Japan October 2021. (Photo by DLKR flickr.com)

Dispatches From Japan – THE LULL BETWEEN THE WAVES

A Personal Journal from October 2021 through January 2022 Kalani M. Fujiwara Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald After Halloween day 2021, the constitutionally mandated lower house elections came to conclusion with the expected victory by the ruling...

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