Archives for December 2010

PlayStation seen useful for war games in U.S. military

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force has recently revealed a supercomputer built from thousands of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.’s PlayStation 3 game consoles, transforming a machine made to play video games into one suitable for military tasks. The computer, known as the Condor Supercomputer, was unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the United States’ […]

Dance master promotes Okinawan culture in the Bay Area

Noriyoshi Arakaki has been going back to his birthplace of Okinawa almost every year for the last 32 years since he moved to Hayward, Calif., where he owns a gardening business. This time, his visit had a special meaning. “I saw a banner in the National Theater Okinawa in Naha” — Okinawa’s capital — “that […]

Film sheds light on mother of Nikkei sculptor Noguchi

TOKYO — A film about the younger days of Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi through the eyes of his mother has hit theaters across Japan. The film “Leonie,” directed by Japanese filmmaker Hisako Matsui, depicts the story of Noguchi and his American mother Leonie Gilmour, a journalist who fell in love with a Japanese poet […]

Matsui signs 1-year deal with Oakland A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. (Kyodo) — Free agent slugger Hideki Matsui and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a one-year contract, the club announced Dec. 14. The Athletics introduced Matsui at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum during a press conference attended by a swarm of U.S. and mostly Japanese media. “I’m very happy to join a team that […]

A’s can’t wait for Matsui to start swingin’

OAKLAND, Calif. (Kyodo) — Hideki Matsui’s new Oakland teammates have welcomed him with open arms after the former World Series MVP finalized his deal with the Athletics on Dec. 14. “To have Godzilla by the bay instead of Anaheim — that’s big for us,” pitcher Dallas Braden said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s […]


My favorite haunt, Vino Italian Tapas & Wine Bar (500 Ala Moana Blvd. Restaurant Row, Honolulu, HI) regularly hosts structured wine tastings led either by the winemaker or winery owner, or sometimes directly by resident master sommelier Chuck Furuya. Sometimes participants bring their own wines to pair with a preset menu created by Chef Keith […]

In the spirit of miso and butter

These days everyone loves a good mashup. It seems like lately the currency of cleverness is the ability to find not one, but two interesting items that when stitched together rise to a sum above their parts. Sadly I am no exception. Eager to impress with my blog title I mixed and matched Japanese and […]

THE KAERU KID: Managua, Nicaragua is a beautiful town…

The title of this article comes from the opening lyrics to an old popular song by Guy Lombardo. I love the catchy tune, but learned reality is a far cry from the lyrics. The only countries I had not visited in Central America were Nicaragua and Honduras, and plans were made to scratch them off […]

Michael Jackson and the invisible line

It’s been about a year and a half since Michael Jackson’s death and a little longer since I wrote a column about it for the Nichi Bei Times. (I’m putting it at the end of this post for anyone interested). In a matter of hours, MJ went from being one of the media’s favorite punching […]

Explorations in environmentalism

Back in early 2008, in this newspaper’s previous life as the Nichi Bei Times, we took a stab at a fresh idea and published a green issue. We reached out to the experts, advocates and regulators who constantly fight for a healthier planet. We interviewed David Suzuki, world-famous scientist, broadcaster and author (see review). We […]

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