Archives for December 2010

Japanese snacks now part of local favorites in New York’s East Village

NEW YORK — Tradition is not the first word that comes to mind when one plans a visit to Manhattan’s East Village, sometimes referred to as New York’s counterculture capital known for punk rock, new wave bands, drug dealers and tattoo parlors. But the area, loosely spreading between First and Third avenues in lower Manhattan, […]

The striking influence — and beauty — of the woodblock print ‘Japanesque’ on view at the Legion of Honor

A woman lounging in a richly colored kimono. A flowering plum tree, framed in scrawled kanji characters. A writer in his studio, a screen painted with tiny birds behind him. While these images might certainly be found in Japanese art, they are also the subjects of paintings created in the late 1800s by James Whistler, […]

Furutani to chair retirement and Social Security committee

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Warren T. Furutani (D-Long Beach) on Dec. 16 announced his appointment as chair of the Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security (PERSS). The jurisdiction of the committee includes oversight of the public retirement administration and investment strategy, classified school employees, public employee collective bargaining and judges’ retirement law. Furutani […]

Congress passes rare bill to allow Marine widow’s immigration

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) — The House of Representatives, on Dec. 15, passed a private immigration bill that will pave the way for a Japanese widow of a U.S. Marine to live permanently in the United States. The bill grants permanent resident status to the woman, who now lives in the Japanese southernmost prefecture of Okinawa. As […]

Change is afoot: Tokyo Govt. Approves New Restrictions to Manga and Anime for Children’s Sake, Part 2

So in my previous post, I talked about what kind of law was put into place by Tokyo’s metropolitan government. The effects of the law, while not quite as draconian as what sensationalism has dreamed up, do pose a major obstacle to what constitutes today’s anime and manga industry. My specialty lies in manga, but […]

Change is afoot: Tokyo Govt. Approves New Restrictions to Manga and Anime for Children’s Sake, Part 1

Late into the evening of December 14, twitter started to spring to life from Japan. The cause? The passage of Bill 156 in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly. The infamous bill among anime otaku and people who work within the industry was initially proposed back in the spring of this year by Tokyo’s novelist turned governor, […]

2010 Nichi Bei Foundation Day with the Oakland A’s

Nichi Bei Foundation Day was held on Sept. 6, Labor Day, at the Oakland Coliseum. The game featured the Oakland A’s facing down the Seattle Mariners. Pre-game festivities included grilled hot dogs, soda, Sapporo beer and a raffle of autographed Kurt Suzuki memorabilia, incuding autographed baseballs, and one of his game-used bats.  Masanori Murakami autographed bobblehead […]

Ryuichi Sakamoto x Michael Jackson

Given the cash-in nature of posthumously assembled albums, I’m a little surprised by the restraint in terms of celebrity guests featured on the tracklist for “Michael,” the new MJ album. Akon, 50-Cent and Lenny Kravitz, all of whom he had been working with before his death were not big surprises (Kanye West and, who […]

Wrapping it up

The holiday season always produces a flood of gifts, brought on in a tsunami of wrapping paper. All that colorful packaging sets a festive tone, but most ends up in the garbage so as we don’t drown in it. Might there be a way to stem this wasteful tide? Enter furoshiki, or decorative wrapping fabric. […]

Remembering Heart Mountain Fair Play Committee leader Frank Emi

Frank Seishi Emi was a fighter. The word “retreat” was not in Frank’s vocabulary. He, and he alone, would decide when it was time to move on. Sadly, that time has arrived. Frank’s battle began in 1943 in the Heart Mountain concentration camp when the so-called “loyalty questionnaire” was circulated, ostensibly to help the government […]

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