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Apples, burgers, stockings and eye glasses–vending machines have it allDate published: July 20, 2013

Photo courtesy of Simon Helle Nielsen [Editor: If you ever have been to Japan, the vending machine culture is just amazing. Read on about how the Japanese are redefining “convenience” and why vending machines is big business there.] Original Article Starts Here By LOUIS TEMPLADO/ AJW Staff Writer Mari Takahashi doesn’t go to the convenience […]



Meet Japan Film Festival Director – Miwa NishikawaDate published: July 18, 2013

The 2013 J-POP Summit Festival, the popular annual San Francisco summertime Japanese Pop Culture celebration, will welcome director Miwa Nishikawa as a special Guest of Honor for the first-ever Japan Film Festival of San Francisco. The award-winning director is set to appear in-person at NEW PEOPLE Cinema for the premiere of her latest film – Dreams for Sale – […]



SeaGaia Ocean Dome – Japan’s Indoor Man-Made BeachDate published: July 18, 2013

Photo courtesy of Kobakou [Editor: It’s summer all year around in Japan. Well, not really. This southern island paradise is a great getaway year around.] Original Article Starts Here: The Ocean Dome Club Alliance Hotels, a group of Miyazaki City hotels, cooperates to provide quality accommodation for Ocean Dome guests. The Ocean Dome is listed in the Guinness […]



Let’s talk 100 percent kawaii!Date published: July 17, 2013

[J-Pop Summit is coming on 7/27-28 and the “kawaii” Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will be there as well as others. Here is a story on Japanese kawaii culture and  an interview of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu] Original Article Starts here: Long before the mayor of Shibuya announced pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu as an official ambassador of kawaii culture, Sebastian Masuda, her […]



31 Pictures That Show Japan’s Crazy Obsession With CatsDate published: July 16, 2013

[Editor: Love cats too? Check out Sanrio in Japantown for the latest Hello Kitty products. Visit theirwebsite, follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook.] Original Article Starts here: Take a walk around Tokyo, and you’ll see cat faces on every product imaginable. Hello Kitty, arguably Japan’s most famous export, is only the tip of the iceberg. […]



Old becomes new again: The beauty of traditional Japanese homesDate published: July 15, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Rennett Stowe [Editor: Modernizing the old isn’t new. Keeping the cultural/historic elements of a building is a challenge. The Japantown Cultural Heritage and Economic Sustainability Strategy is the way Japantown is trying to keep the cultural feel while we move forward into the future. Check it out here] Original Story starts here: With raw, […]



Caroline Kennedy — A Role Model for Japanese Women?Date published: July 15, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York [Editor: Caroline Kennedy’s appointment as Japan Ambassador will be announced shortly. A debate has ensued where one side debate her credentials as a diplomat to support where her influence as a strong popular figure in politics can be good for Japan. Check out this opinion from Rochelle Kopp] […]



Oshibori: We Need No Stinking Wet WipesDate published: July 10, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia [Editor: Here is a great article of that wet and sometimes warm restaurant towel called Oshibori. On a warm day, a cold Oshibori can be very comforting and a warm Oshibori before a meal can be refreshing. Check out the video below on how to fold a roll your own Oshiburi. A good […]



The Japanese Grill – Secrets of Grilling in JapanDate published: June 27, 2013

[Editor: Just in time for the 4th. How about some Japanese BBQ or Yakitori (焼き鳥)? Give a try yourself with the following article or try YakiniQ or Juban Yakitori Restaurant for some unique Japantown BBQ] Walk out of a building in the afternoon in most any Japanese city and you’re bound to find a Yakitori cart or shop. These […]



Key to Japan’s Recovery? Hire More Non-Japanese WorkersDate published: June 25, 2013

[Editor: Great article on opening Japan to more immigrant workers. Similar debate/discussion going on here in the U.S. Get your passport ready!] Original Article starts here: When the world’s oldest man died recently, no one was terribly surprised to learn that both he and thewoman who assumed the title were Japanese. Whether because of good doctors, […]



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