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Traditional Dishes of JapanDate published: December 30, 2013

[Editor: Let’s take a look at some traditional dishes that you can find at the many of Japantown’s fine establishments. Enjoy!] Original Article Starts Here: Traditional Dishes of Japan Once known in the west either in the form of “sukiyaki” or the more exotic “sushi,” Japanese cuisine has in recent years become much more familiar […]

What is Japan Obon?Date published: August 17, 2013

[Editor: If you are used to dealing with Japan, August is the time where most people take their holidays for the Obon season. Obon started in Japan this last week and if have Japanese friends in Japan, they are most likely on vacation] Photo By Chris Daish Original Article Starts Here: Vacation-lovers rejoice! Tis the […]

Japan Has More than Just Square WatermelonsDate published: August 12, 2013

[Editor: Unique gifts are popular in Japan. Check out what they do with the popular summer fruit – the watermelon] Photo By Catherine Original Article Starts Here: There’s a report that wealthy people in Russia are paying over US$800 for Japanese square watermelons. In Russia, that’s supposedly 300 times the price of a regular watermelon. But why […]

What’s in a Japanese Woman’s Big Bag?Date published: August 3, 2013

[Photo Courtesy of Kasuyama Japan] [Editor: Well, I think this is common world-wide but there are cultural nuances there likeOmikuji and Electronic Dictionaries. Check out Japan Center for some cool bags. Check it out!] What’s In A Japanese Woman’s Purse? Let’s Look Inside! Have you ever spent time with a Japanese person of the female persuasion? She […]

Gathering of Joy: A History of Japanese American Obon Festivals and Bon OdoriDate published: July 20, 2013

[Editor: Catch the Buddhist Church of San Francisco’s 75th Bon Odori this weekend as it celebrates its 75th anniversary. Check out the details here. Also, read the story below about Japanese American Obon Festivals] Original Article Starts Here Obon is an annual Japanese Buddhist festival that commemorates the dead. It is based on a Buddhist text which […]

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. […]

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