Archives for September 2011

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: The dilemma of defining and preserving a fragmented community

I took some time off to recharge my batteries, to use an old cliché, and now I’m back. In that interval, our nation has gone through such turbulence it is hard to think clearly about the state of politics, the economy, and the future. Well, daily life goes on and we all have to try […]

SOU SOU: Turning traditional kimono into cool contemporary clothing

Kyoto is often known for its high-end traditional arts and culture, and as a city, is proud of its heritage as Japan’s ancient capital. Normally, the products from Kyoto are high quality and ornate — kimono that sell for thousands of dollars and austere traditional tea ceremonies that remain preserved from hundreds of years ago. […]

J-Pop a draw for crowds

Two years after the opening of the New People building in San Francisco’s Japantown, the third annual J-Pop Summit Festival took place over the weekend of Aug. 27 and 28. The festival expanded to two days for the first time, thanks to fans who raised money through Kickstarter, a platform that funds creative projects. The […]

Noda is Japan’s new prime minister, fills key DPJ posts

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Yoshihiko Noda was named Aug. 30 as Japan’s next prime minister, the sixth in five years, and he immediately set to work selecting key ruling party executives who he believes are best equipped to achieve his goals of reconstructing quake-ravaged areas and restoring the nation’s precarious fiscal health. Finance Minister Noda, 54, […]

SF: Fuzjko Hemming performance

Fuzjko Hemming will perform at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St. in SF at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.) as part of piano solo concert tour in the U.S. A portion of the proceeds will benefit relief efforts in northern Japan, following the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and ongoing nuclear […]

Concerns over BNP density

As the Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan (BNP) Organizing Committee finalizes the draft of the BNP for the final public hearing, a new recommendation has raised some concerns among committee members. Revisions to the draft will be presented to the community on Saturday, Sept. 10. Paul Wermer, a Pacific Heights resident in San Francisco who works […]

JA Museum of SJ to honor Congressional Gold Medal recipients

SAN JOSE — The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) plans to honor local recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal in November, pending approval of a joint resolution by Congress. The medal is the highest civilian award given by Congress. The honorees — members of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the 100th Infantry Battalion, […]

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