Archives for April 2011

How to help the survivors (a partial list)

San Francisco Music For Japan Saturday, April 30 There will be a charity concert for Japan performed by various bands at the West Bay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore St. #200, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Maestro JT, a local musician from Haiti, developed this event to unite Haitians and persons of Japanese descent with regard […]

34th Nikkei Matsuri in San Jose’s Japantown on May 1

SAN JOSE — The sound of taiko drums will announce the start of San Jose Japantown’s 34th annual Nikkei Matsuri on Sunday, May 1. The festival celebrates the Japanese American community’s heritage and culture. The event, held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., takes place at Fifth and Jackson streets in the heart of San […]

Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates Sister City ties and calls for relief

CUPERTINO, Calif. — The 28th annual Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival honoring the Sister City relationship with Toyokawa, Japan will be held Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Memorial Park on Stevens Creek Boulevard across from De Anza College. In 1983, a delegation from Toyokawa, Japan visited […]

Book Reviews of Inconsequence: Doctor and Daughter

All I have time to do these days are book reviews. Well, the quake also put a damper on the anime industry, and I’m not so up for writing about stuff, anyway. And thus I come to #3 of Book Reviews of Inconsequence. Today, I’ll write about something with a Nikkei angle. 猟奇博士と生贄娘ドクター&ドーター (Bizarre Scientist […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Not for peanut butter sandwiches

I know that the classic sandwich from childhood was a PB and J. Maybe yours was strawberry, or perhaps orange marmalade; my personal favorite was grape. However, the jelly I speak of today wasn’t meant for peanut butter, in fact I’m pretty sure even Elvis didn’t use this variety of jelly. I’m speaking about konjac […]

How to help survivors in Northern Japan (a partial list)

Oakland, Calif. We Are One Island: Japan Relief Concert and Auction Saturday, April 23 The One Island Productions and Oakland Asian Cultural Center present “WE ARE ONE ISLAND” at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC), 388 9th St., Suite 290 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the silent auction. Price of admission […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: The life and times of resister Gordon Hirabayashi (Part 2)

Note: This is the second of a two-part column. In 1951 Gordon Hirabayashi defended his doctoral thesis in sociology. His subject was the adaptation and status of the Doukhobors in British Columbia’s Slocan Valley. It was an intriguing choice of subject. Members of this sect of pacifist Christians from Russia, who believed in holding land […]

OBITUARY: Larry Kenji Iwase

IWASE, LARRY KENJI, 88, born May 6, 1922, in Honolulu, passed away April 15, 2011. Survived by his wife, Masako; daughter, Linda Keiko (Alan) Ikeda; mother-in-law, Helen Ikeda; brother, Raymond and relatives in Honolulu, brother-in-law, Nobu Hanyu and sister-in-law, Fumi H. Mc Irvin. A private memorial service to be held, Friday, April 22, 2011 at […]

Ways you can help survivors in Northern Japan (a partial list)

  International Hope Letters is an initiative to collect online letters directed toward communities that have been affected by the devastation in Northeastern Japan. As of April 11, 1,000 letters in both English and Japanese have been published online through this effort to convey hope and support to those in Japan. According to the Website, […]

TokyoPop’s closure a tale of destiny

I’m not a fan of TokyoPop, and this entry may be read as just one blogger’s loud-mouthed harangues on the grave, but this end is a lesson to be learned and the closing act of a tragedy. I will not deny where credit is due. TokyoPop is one of the most influential presences in the […]

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