Archives for December 2010

Merry Christmas! Of swag and boons

It being Christmas, I’m taking it easy today. I’ll be back with the rest of my rant on the new Tokyo Metro Bill later, but for today, let’s celebrate the birth of the Western world’s savior with a mountain of presents. To note, I’m Buddhist – and with that I’m not even really sure about […]

More Thore!

“It seems that Marvel Studios believes that white people should have nothing that is unique to themselves.” Good point, Council of Conservative Citizens. First it was the water fountains, then the country clubs and then the presidency. Now comic book movie depictions of Norse Gods?! According to the Guardian, the CCC is calling for a […]

Reporting from the Chicago Botanic Garden

Greetings from Chicago, Illinois, where your blogger for Nichi Bei Natural is braving a chilly week with the help of warm friends and family. Headed out to the Chicago Botanic Garden today for a snowy walk around the grounds, and strolled through the popular Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden. Also known as the Sansho-En (it stretches across three […]

Mochi chronicles: Zenzai

  Red beans and rice[cakes] didn’t miss her With the holiday season upon us the promise of seasonal Japanese treats looms large. And when I say “treats” what I really mean is mochi (sticky rice cakes). Of course, mochi can be eaten during the rest of the year but wonderfully, at holiday time, I can […]

Behind the “Legend of Kamui” — Sampei Shirato

In a recent issue of Nichi Bei Weekly, I review the live action film adaptation of the “Kamui” manga series, a project that brings the work of Sanpei Shirato together with Kankuro Kudo and Yoichi Sai. The film, which was pretty ok, will be released on dvd and bluray on Dec. 28, conveniently timed so […]

OBITUARY: Steve Kazuhik Sone

SONE, STEVE KAZUHIKO, 64, passed away peacefully in Redwood City, Calif. on November 22, 2010. He was born on March 13, 1946 in San Francisco. Beloved son of the late Etsuko and Joe Tadaichi Sone. He is survived by an aunt, Fusaye Honda and numerous cousins. Steve lived a quiet life, enjoyed cooking, and recently […]

SF State to establish Japan and Japanese cultural center

San Francisco State University (SFSU) has received the second-largest private individual gift in its history, a $5 million dollar gift from alumna and Professor Emerita Kay Takeyama Dilena, to establish the Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture. The Center will give a new prominence to the study of Japan at […]

Nishioka vows to repay Minnesota with results

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Kyodo) — Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka on Dec. 18 vowed to put up numbers to repay Minnesota after signing with the Twins on a $9 million contract with a club option for 2014. “The process of developing as a player at a team that can be in title contention is a big plus […]

Michelle Obama presents nation’s highest honors to JA National Museum

First lady Michelle Obama presented the Institute of Museums and Library Services’ (IMLS) National Medal, the nation’s highest honor for museums, to the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in a ceremony held on Dec. 17. JANM President and CEO Akemi Kikumura Yano, Board Chairman Emeritus Ernest Doizaki, and community member Paul Takemoto accepted the National […]

Kanrin Maru committee looks to next 150 years of celebrating U.S.-Japan relationship

A small group of people gathered around the rotunda of San Francisco’s City Hall on the evening of Dec. 13 for the closing ceremonies of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Kanrin Maru, the first Japanese ship in the United States. Along with a message from Consul General of Japan in San Francisco […]

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