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Letsu Go! Tanabata Kazari

August 13, 2010

Sorry things have been quiet this past week on my Facebook and Twitter. August marks the first anniversary of Letsu Go!, and I was finishing up a 6.5 foot surprise for you … the Letsu Go! kazari (decoration) for the 2nd Annual Los Angeles Tanabata Festival! The opening ceremony is today, August 13, at 5pm [...]

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41st Annual Pilgrimage to Manzanar

April 20, 2010

The 41st Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage takes place this weekend, and the theme for this year’s event is “Civil Rights: Unfinished Business.” Sponsored by the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Manzanar Committee, the pilgrimage commemorates the unjust imprisonment of 110,000 Americans of Japanese decent during World War II. Hundreds of people will drive over or hop on the [...]

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Letsu Go! in ImaginAsian Art Exhibit

April 8, 2010

Back in 1998, I sent in a photo of a couple of turtles that was published in the Rafu Shimpo for a “Wild Life” themed photo contest. Probably the only time I submitted a photo anywhere … until now! I am thankful and honored that this photo I took at the Tanabata Festival last year [...]

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Grateful Crane Ensemble’s Kouhaku Spoof

April 6, 2010

More than half of the New Year’s Eves in my life were spent watching the “Kouhaku” with my parents. It’s no wonder that to this day, I love karaoke and costumes. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, “Kouhaku Uta Gassen” is an annual televised singing competition shot in Japan with a live [...]

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Naomi Hirahara Reading Blood Hina

March 6, 2010

Vroman’s in Pasadena hosted a launch party for author Naomi Hirahara and her new book, Blood Hina, on March 3, 2010. The event was held on Hinamatsuri, Japanese Girls’ Day, as a tie-in to the story. Here’s a description from the Vroman’s website: Blood Hina is the fourth installment of Naomi Hirahara’s highly acclaimed “Mas [...]

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“White on Rice” Movie

October 5, 2009

The first time I saw the snappy trailer for White on Rice, I knew I had to see it. It simply made me laugh, and I couldn’t think of any other feature-length comedy that centers around Japanese American characters. The line was crawling down the block when I went to a preview screening hosted by [...]

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