Come and celebrate the one year anniversary of Cukui and Biscuits in Japantown San Jose on Saturday, August 27 at 12 p.m.   Read the rest of this entry »


Are you prepared for a disaster, especially an earthquake?  Living in California we are in earthquake country and are all well aware we are over due for a big one.  The San Andreas fault is the next in line for a major Read the rest of this entry »

After having the privilege of interviewing PJ and Roy Hirabayashi, who are the founders of San Jose Taiko, I found out some exciting news:
“We have been working as part of the host committee to bring the 8th biennial North American Taiko Conference at Stanford on August 18-21.  We are expecting over Read the rest of this entry »

Hi Guys,

I know I have been neglecting my blog for the past few months and I apologize for not keeping up to date but some exciting news is….. I recently became an editorial intern for Nichi Bei and a free-lance writer for Nikkei West!  Below is the link to my Nichi Bei article about Lotus Preschool’s 25th Anniversary.  Lotus is a preschool Read the rest of this entry »

Tomorrow is Kimono Day at Yu-Ai Kai Akiyama Wellness Center from 1-5 p.m. on 110 Jackson Street.

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $20 for SV-JACL and Yu-AI Kai Senior Club members, $15 for students, and $10 for children under 12.

John Marshall who is a craftsman will be presenting a historical and cultural perspective kimonos have had, as well as a demonstration on how to dress in kimono.  In addition there will be a fashion show of contemporary and traditional Japanese clothing which will be for sale.  Crafts and activities will be available for children.

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Here is my very first podcast! I edited it on Audacity and must say the background music took forever to find.  It is a short blurb about Japantown in San Jose, hope you all enjoy!  In order to post this to YouTube I had to edit it in Final Cut Express.  A tip that helps is when importing old video clips into FCE, save the format as HD and it will import.

Click here to view it on You Tube: 

Here is the script for the podcast: APSC 63 script

Here is a link to my video for this past Nikkei Matsuri festival in San Jose’s Japantown.