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Kei Cars: Japan’s Tiny (But Often High-Tech) MinicarsDate published: June 19, 2013

[Editor: Move over SMART car, the Japanese Kei-class cars are coming.Kei cars are 660cc or less fuel powered or all-electric vehicles with technology rivaling the bigger sized car offerings.] Original Article Starts Here: You don’t need us to tell you that the Japanese car market is about as far-removed from the U.S. market as it’s possible to get. […]

Torii: Sacred Bird GateDate published: June 14, 2013

[Editor: Ever wonder why we call the gate at the entrance of Buchanan Mall – Torii Gate?  The following article explains a few theories on the orgins of the Torii Gates. Our gate was built in 1976] Original Article Here: Torii: Sacred Bird Gate A torii is a gate with two overhead cross bars or […]

Obon in JapanDate published: June 11, 2013

[Editor Note: Coming up this Sunday, June 16 is Japan Day & Bon Odori at the Peace Plaza. Be sure to drop by and visit. Check out this article from About.com on why Japan honors Obon.] Original Article Here: By  Shizuko Mishima Obon is one of the most important Japanese traditions. People believe that their ancestors’ spirits come […]

The Art of Being Choco Moo – Interview & Live Painting in TokyoDate published: June 6, 2013

[Editor: Art, Fashion and J-Pop – That’s what Choco Moo is all about. Great combination. If you are looking for this, check out New People and some new happenings inside like MaruQ, Kusuyama and more.] Choco Moo is everywhere. From her high profile collaborations with Japanese fashion brands and musicians (including Kyary Pamyu Pamyu) to praise from top K-Pop groups […]

Tasting Tour Uncovers Japantown’s Tempting SecretsDate published: June 5, 2013

[Editor Notes: This article was published over a year ago but like time things change. What you will find on the first floor of New People is now Crown and Crumpets – an english tea cafe. Check out this area for other great food articles from around the IT world] Original Article starts here: By […]

Japan Underground Bicycle Parking SystemsDate published: May 16, 2013

Original Article starts here: By Danny Choo While we do have a load of cars and public transport all over the place – the bicycle is still very much a common way to get around in Japan. So much so that finding a place to park ones two wheeler can be a problem – its […]

World in Pictures: Fountain fun in Japan and Commander Chris Hadfield returns to EarthDate published: May 14, 2013

TODAY’S World in Pictures features photographs of a child playing in front of a fountain at a park in Tokyo and the crew of NASA Expedition 35; Commander Chris Hadfield, Russian Flight Engineer Roman Romanenko, and NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn sit in chairs outside the Soyuz Capsule just minutes after they landed back on […]

CAREGIVERS: Japanese Americans At RiskDate published: May 13, 2013

(Additional Note: We found the following article to be of interest to all Japanese / Japanese Americans. We have several organizations like Kimochi, JCCCNC,Sequoias and Carlisle that can support the various aspects here in the Japantown community.) (Editor’s note: The following article was made possible through the MetLife Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellows program, a collaboration of New America Media […]

Midokura Scores $17.3M Series A To Ramp Up Its Network Virtualization Offering On A Global ScaleDate published: April 1, 2013

By: DARRELL ETHERINGTON | April 01, 2013 Japan’s Midokura, a startup with offices in San Francisco, Tokyo, Lausanne and Barcelona, today announced a $17.3 million Series A funding round, led by Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, along with NTT Group’s DOCOMO Innovations, Inc., and Innovative Ventures Fund Investment, the investment arm of NEC Group. The funding will be used […]

Caroline Kennedy To Be Ambassador To Japan? Talk Grows  Date published: April 1, 2013

By: Mark Memmott | April 01, 2013 1:07 PM Correspondent, The Two Way On Monday, that talk ramped up with reports from CNN, ABC News and The Washington Post’s In the Loop blog that President Obama wants JFK’s daughter to be his envoy in Tokyo. CNN says that Kennedy, 55, is “being vetted for the post.” As The […]

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