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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. […]

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 […]

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