Archives for July 2012

Hundreds journey back to long-stigmatized Tule Lake Segregation Center

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series. The 2012 Tule Lake Pilgrimage, held from June 30 through July 3, not only received a huge response of close to 400 attendees, but it also attracted a large number of first timers. Former Tulean Hiroshi Kashiwagi experienced the early Tule Lake Pilgrimage back in […]

Friendships and trials across nations

TOMO: FRIENDSHIP THROUGH FICTION – AN ANTHOLOGY OF JAPAN TEEN STORIES Edited By Holly Thompson (Berkeley, Calif.: Stone Bridge Press, 2012, 384 pp., $14.95, paperback) Children’s author Holly Thompson, who resides in a seaside town in Kamakura near Tokyo, missed the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that struck while she was visiting […]

The heart of Japanese cooking

MY JAPANESE TABLE: A LIFETIME OF COOKING WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY By Debra Samuels, photographs by Heath Robbins (North Clarendon, Vt.: Tuttle Publishing, 2011, 176 pp., $27.95, hardcover) When I first started leafing through Debra Samuels’ new cookbook, “My Japanese Table,” I was overstuffed from a generous brunch and distracted by the din of the […]

A sushi pioneer’s American Dream

SHIRO: WIT, WISDOM AND RECIPES FROM A SUSHI PIONEER By Shiro Kashiba (Seattle: Chin Music Press, 2011, 320 pp., $20, paperback) Filled with childhood photographs, notes and personal anecdotes, “Shiro: Wit, Wisdom and Recipes from a Sushi Pioneer” is a memoir-meets-recipe book that covers an illustrious career spanning 70 years, seven restaurants and two countries. […]

Groundbreaking works ‘connect the dots’ of Nikkei experience before, during and after WWII

AFTER CAMP: PORTRAITS IN MIDCENTURY JAPANESE AMERICAN LIFE AND POLITICS By Greg Robinson (Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 2012, 328 pp., $27.95, paperback) PACIFIC CITIZENS: LARRY AND GUYO TAJIRI AND JAPANESE AMERICAN JOURNALISM IN THE WORLD WAR II ERA Edited By Greg Robinson (Champaign, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, 2012, 344 pp., $60, cloth) […]

Richard Aoki: The man, the activist, the leader

SAMURAI AMONG PANTHERS: RICHARD AOKI ON RACE, RESISTANCE, AND A PARADOXICAL LIFE By Diane C. Fujino (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012, 496 pp., paperback; $24.95; cloth, $75) It has been more than 70 years since that fateful day that forever changed the lives of Japanese Americans, and it has been more than 40 years […]

What happens when goodwill and baseball collide?

BANZAI BABE RUTH: BASEBALL, ESPIONAGE, & ASSASSINATION DURING THE 1934 TOUR OF JAPAN By Robert K. Fitts (Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska Press, 2012, 368 pp., $34.95, hardcover) Some 17 years after Nomo opened the door for Japanese players into the Major Leagues, author Robert K. Fitts has written his third book on the subject […]

An international account of America’s favorite pastime

TRANSPACIFIC FIELD OF DREAMS: HOW BASEBALL LINKED THE UNITED STATES AND JAPAN IN PEACE AND WAR By Sayuri Guthrie-Shimizu (Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2012, 344 pp., $39.95, cloth) How many times have we heard the adage, “You can’t judge a book by its cover”? “Transpacific Field of Dreams” is one […]

How Leslie got her groove back

THE READING LIST: LITERATURE, LOVE AND BACK AGAIN By Leslie Shimotakahara (Toronto: Variety Crossing Press, 2012, 190 pp., $18.95 CAN, paperback) Available in Canada only via Publisher Variety Crossing Press, varietycrossing@gmail.com Leslie Shimotakahara, the heroine of a new book entitled “The Reading List,” is a woman with a problem: She has lost her ability to […]

A place of their own

OTAKU SPACES By Patrick W. Galbraith, photographs by Androniki Christodoulou (Seattle: Chin Music Press, 2012, 240 pp., $20, paperback) Patrick Galbraith is no newcomer to the otaku scene in Japan. A journalist by training and the author of “The Otaku Encyclopedia: An Insider’s Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan” and one of the main […]

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