The Gatekeeper of Enmyoin

Here's a tidbit of information that might appeal to movie buffs: The Gatekeeper of Enmyoin, a documentary film about a 95-year-old Japanese Shingon Buddhist priestess and her mysterious young heiress, airs free on NGN...

EMIKO, Silicone Valley, and the latest newspaper casualty

Another sad day for Japanese American newspapers. Japanese American musician EMIKO will be featured at Japan Music Week. Silicone Valley remembers World War II. Hip rollers? Germanium baths? Will Japan's beauty products find a market outside the...

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...

Mixed plate

Bessie Noll, a 15-year-old sophomore in Tokyo's American School in Japan, is turning heads as a member of the varsity baseball team. Attention North Platte, Neb. natives: Get ready for the story of Ben Kuroki,...

Lots of remembering

And . . . it's official. "Don't forget us" - Tacoma's Nisei WWII veterans. MFA student Kendra Arimoto has not forgotten about internment and is putting on a theater production on the subject. Speaking of honoring the...

Teriyaki Boyz and imitation crab, plus Mario

Ginza's famous Kabuki-za theater is headed for a huge, possibly controversial, transformation. The Japanese rap supergroup, Teriyaki Boyz, which includes Japanese American emcee Wise, traces their rise to international recognition. Not so great news for Mario...

Only the Brave at the Hawaii Theatre!

Last week the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii hosted a DVD Release Screening of the 2005 film Only the Brave, starring Lane Nishikawa, Jason Scott Lee and the late Pat Morita at the Hawaii...

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...

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...

Okinawan Festival Favorites

ALL-TIME FAVORITES! Pig’s Feet Soup: It’s called ashitibichi in Uchinaaguchi (Okinawan language). Pieces of pig’s feet are cooked in a soup stock and garnished with konbu (seaweed), daikon (turnip), togan (squash) and mustard cabbage and...

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