Anpanman theme park opens in quake-hit Sendai

  SENDAI (Kyodo) — A theme park featuring Anpanman, one of the most popular Japanese anime series for young children, opened July 22 in Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture, after the March 11 earthquake delayed its opening for three months. The “Sendai Anpanman Children’s Museum and Mall,” a two-story facility on 7,000-square-meter premises, was initially set […]

Students act as bridge to Japan on memorial trip

When a major earthquake and tsunami devastated Northern Japan, claiming thousands of lives and wiping out entire towns, the world watched in horror. In Indiana, Alex Kessler, who had earlier that evening said goodbye to a visitor from Japan, was struck by the images of people crying. Kayla Lindsey, who attends a Japanese school in […]

Keiro vies for new Toyota

LOS ANGELES — Keiro Senior HealthCare (Keiro Services), a nonprofit organization that aids and empowers elderly Nikkei in the area, is one of 500 finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program. The program plans to award 100 nonprofit organizations with cars. Voting will be held during the course of 100 days on Toyota’s Facebook […]

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 […]

San Jose State gymnast going to Nationals

San Jose State University women’s gymnast Katie Valleau will compete in the 2011 National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships, which will be held April 15-17, in Cleveland, Ohio. Valleau scored a career-best 9.900 to tie three other gymnasts for first place at the NCAA Corvallis Regional held April 2. In advancing to the championships, the gymnast, […]

Ways to help the survivors (a partial list)

  San Francisco Rainbow World Fund Saturday, April 9 to Thursday, April 14 The Rainbow World Fund (RWF) established the LGBT Japan Earthquake Fund and is launching a series of events to support relief efforts for the survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The RWF has designated April 9-14 as its […]

YONSEI RAPPERS ON A HIP-HOP JOURNEY: ScoJourners claim their history and connect across borders through rap

It’s not easy being independent these days. All the harder if you are a group of hip-hop artists committed to musical integrity in an era of the corporatized, cookie-cutter music. Even tougher when you are Asian Americans, meaning you don’t exactly fit the mold of the generic rapper. But galvanized by a love for the […]

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

United States Bakesale for Japan Saturday, April 2 A number of professional and amateur bakers, cooks, artists, artisans, and musicians from around the nation, and in Toronto, will offer their Bakesale for Japan event, featuring baked goods by professional and amateur bakers alike. The bake sale, which takes place Saturday, April 2, aims to raise […]

THE KAERU KID: N’awlins is alive and well

A recent visit to one of my favorite cities brought back some wonderful memories as well as a full tummy. With great pleasure, I report that New Orleans is alive and well and recovering nicely from Hurricane Katrina. The French Quarter and nearby environs don’t even appear to have been affected, since it was situated […]

JET teachers in Miyagi say they won’t leave

SENDAI, Japan — Many foreign teachers have decided to stay in Miyagi Prefecture, one of the areas worst hit by the catastrophic March 11 earthquake and tsunami, despite adversities wrought by the disaster and worried families back home urging their immediate return amid radiation fears. For some, a strong sense of attachment to their adopted […]

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