Tohoku University Hospital Fundraiser

Tohoku University Hospital in Sendai, Japan is the beneficiary of a fundraiser titled “With Aloha” on April 9 (Saturday evening from 5-9 p.m.) at the Pagoda Hotel in the Ala Moana area. Pagoda Restaurant...

Be eco-friendly: wear a bra

The title says it all, even if it doesn't seem to make sense. Fear not, Triump Japan International is here. On Wednesday, Triumph unveiled its solar powered bra in Tokyo, featuring a solar panel worn...

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...

Meet Japan’s newest oldest boxer Kazumi Izaki

In case the earlier post on Japanese rugby didn't make you feel punchy enough, here's another interesting story from the world of Japanese sports. Just one week shy of her 45th birthday, Kazumi Izaki has...

Support for Japan around the world

Japanese Americans respond to the disaster in Japan with words of faith. Those who have voiced their support include everyone from cultural ambassadors to Cherry Blossom participants. The recovery effort in Japan was at the heart...

Photos and furniture

Philadelphia's Moderne Gallery presents the work of Japanese American furniture maker George Nakashima. The issue of international child abduction in Japan. "Made in Minidoka: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans in Idaho:" a photo exhibit. Los Angeles announces...

Marine accused of rape in Okinawa released from custody

According to this article by Martin Fackler in the International Herald Tribune, the U.S. Marine accused of raping a 14-year-old Okinawan girl has been released from police custody after the girl dropped her accusations. 38-year-old...

Windy City flavor, the Japanese Nobel and Arnold’s return to Japan

Live in Chicago or taking a trip to the Windy City? Chicago's Daily Herald recently asked officials from Japanese American organizations to name the best Japanese-themed places to visit. Check it out here. A Montreal-based...

Finally . . . a pen-spinning champion is crowned

Who among us hasn't spun a pen in our fingers when we are bored? It's almost a requirement during tedious high school classes and long work meetings. Well, Japan has turned that pastime into...

Goodness gracious, great c-notes of fire!

Anyone who has ever taken piano lessons as a child has probably toyed with the idea of smashing the piano in frustration, or maybe even burning it. Well, 66-year-old Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita did...

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