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HIFF – Spotlight on Taiwan

“AFTER SPRING, THE TAMAKI FAMILY . . . (UMI NO KANATA)” | U.S. Premiere | Japan, Taiwan | Japanese and Taiwanese w/English subtitles | 96 min. Directed and edited by Huang Yin Yu. On a warm...

What’s new at Ellis Island?

Pop quiz: Which Japanese American players have played in the NBA. Click here to find out if you are correct. A Japanese American exhibit at Ellis Island gets commissioned. Celebrating Japanese American Baseball Heritage Night with...

Showtime all over the world

Asian contemporary art is all the rage at Christie's, including the work of Japanese American Masami Teraoka. The Wall Street Journal reviews Yoko Kawaguchi's new book Butterfly's Sisters, which examines the Western portrayal of Japanese...

“Rock’n The Holidays With Rakugo!”

Honolulu Theatre for Youth has the perfect solution for filling your holidays with merriment. “Rock’n the Holidays With Rakugo!” will be on-stage at Tenney Theatre through Dec. 20. The production, which features three stories, was...
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HIFF – Sound X Vision

“WE ARE X” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan, United States | English, Japanese w/English subtitles | 93 min. Edited by Mako Kamitsuna and John Maringouin. Directed by Stephen Kijak. From the production team behind the Oscar-winning...
Photo of Küpuna Sadao Honda and interviewer Dana Okuma.

Lead Story – “Crossing Bridges”, A Celebration of Wahiawa’s People and History

Gail Honda Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Hundreds of Wahiawä residents gathered under the stars at the Wahiawä Hongwanji Mission on a cool, crisp Dec. 10 evening for a reception celebrating the debut of a photography...
Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone (left) as Wakamatsi with Kimiko Ohtani as the seductress in the 1976 production of "Shushin Kani'iri" at Kennedy Theatre. (Photo courtesy Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone)

The Arts – Ryukyu Kingdom Dance-Drama Set For Kennedy Theatre Stage

Kathy Foley, Ph.D. Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The month of July marks the observance of Okinawan Obon, when ties to deceased loved ones are renewed through music and dance. Memories from a 1976 visit by...

A World War II-themed post

Looking back at how classic comic books portrayed interment. In 2010, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will display arts and crafts made by Japanese Americans during World War II. The Turlock assembly center gets memorialized. A look...

A little baseball and a little landscaping

Hawaii baseball legend Lenn Sakata isn't optimistic about the future of Japanese American managers in Major League Baseball. How do Suginami residents prevent burglaries? By planting flowers. Kenji Murase, a famous social work professor at San...

The whaling debate, slot machines, and global warming

Whaling in Japan: An age-old tradition on a taboo practice? With two Japanese pitchers on their roster, communication is imperative for catchers on the New York Mets. Does more sleep in Japan = less global warming? According...

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