Wyoming center tells story of Japanese-American internees

Sep 2, 2011

Wyoming center tells story of Japanese-American internees

Nob Shimokochi still remembers the hardship he suffered as a Japanese-American during World War II. “We used to say the Pledge of Allegiance in camp. ‘With liberty and justice for all,’ we said, and that irritated me like a pebble in my shoe. “I ...

Youth empowered through history

May 11, 2011

Youth empowered through history

“Have you ever been called a racist name?” Mustafah Hawari, 17, asks Yuka Ogino, 23, a Japanese-American coordinator at the Bridging Communities Program. “Yes, I have,” she tells Hawari and the small group of students sitting on the floor at a mosque in Anaheim, ...

Ex-POW seeks rail firms' apology

Feb 25, 2011

Ex-POW seeks rail firms' apology

LOS ANGELES — As Japanese companies ready themselves to bid on California’s high-speed rail project this year, one man is asking them to pause and remember the past. Lester Tenney, 90, is using the occasion to renew his call for an apology from Japanese ...

California gets taste of kabuki

Jan 19, 2011

California gets taste of kabuki

LOS ANGELES — Performing for audiences composed of both committed kabuki fans and the merely curious, the Zenshinza Theater Company, one of Japan’s oldest troupes, broke new ground recently with a series of shows on the U.S. West Coast. Taking the stage at the ...

Kite master teaches kids around the world to fly

Jan 6, 2011

Kite master teaches kids around the world to fly

LOS ANGELES — He’s jolly, brings joy to children around the world, and is busiest in December. But in lieu of a red coat, he wears a happi coat and sports a “hachimaki” headband where Santa’s hat would be. If there is a strong ...

Abuse rife within trainee system, say NGOs

| Dec 7, 2010

Abuse rife within trainee system, say NGOs

In October 1999, 19 Chinese trainees came to the Takefu city office pleading for help. In their first year in Japan as interns, the women had been promised ¥50,000 a month, but scraped by on ¥10,000. The next year, as technical trainees, they should ...

English teacher brings joy to orphans

Sep 25, 2010

English teacher brings joy to orphans

Young kids running amok, dancing crazily, jumping on adults’ backs demanding piggyback rides. For many English teachers, these are occupational hazards. For Mike Maher-King, moments like this are the best part of his life in Japan. For the children, who are growing up in ...

Trippple Nippples serve up a hot mess

Jul 16, 2010

Trippple Nippples serve up a hot mess

Trippple Nippples deal in terminally infectious party music, electropop infused with punk attitude and new-wave frivolity. They also do a nice line in chaos. “The moment when someone who has been watching us with their jaw on the floor goes nuts and starts dancing ...

Cluster

Jul 2, 2010

Cluster

On July 3, Daikanyama Unit celebrates its sixth anniversary with German electronic music patriarchs Cluster, internationally known space-rockers Boris and minimal techno mainstay Fumiya Tanaka. Contemporaries of Kraftwerk, Cluster (Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius) were at the forefront of the German experimental scene of ...