One craftsman’s boycott of the Olympics

In the months leading up to the Olympics in Beijing, the resounding storyline has not been the anticipation of the actual competition, but of the fiery protests over China's involvement in Tibet and Darfur. Some...

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...

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"...

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...

Tiny Monday bullets

A Japanese-style garden aims to bring tranquility to the people of Nikkei Senior Gardens in Arleta, CA. TIME takes a look at the Japanese town of Kuzumaki, which kicked its dependence on oil. Not so great...

Friday bullets

Japanese Americans celebrate the hiring of new Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu, Major League Baseball's first Asian American manager. FoxNews.com relives the bloody World War II battle for the tiny atoll, Tarawa. Leslie Kitashima-Gray's The Pink Dress,...

Chinese gyoza causing problems in Japan

Some tainted meats are causing a big commotion in Japan. The New York Times writes that nearly two hundred people have claimed to be ill after eating frozen foods from China, particularly gyoza....

Three interesting stories . . .

There's a lot going on in the world today. So instead of a normal blog post on one story, today's posting has three different stories. That's thrice the fun for you Hawaii Herald faithful...

Record-chasing Japanese ballonist reportedly missing

Hot-air ballonist Michio Kanda was trying to break distance and duration records by traveling from Tochigi, Japan to Portland, Ore. Instead, the 58-year-old man has been missing for nearly a week, with his last...

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...

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