Bruce Rutledge

Bruce Rutledge worked as a journalist in Japan for 15 years before moving to Seattle to found Chin Music Press, an independent book publisher located in Seattle's historic Pike Place Market. He is a regular contributor to The North American Post.

Updated March 2018

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Maneki Bartender Fu-chan Has Seen it All

Maneki celebrating its 115th anniversary in 2019

Fusae Yokoyama, a bartender and hostess at Maneki Restaurant for the last 56 years, still serves drinks at the front bar on Sundays and Tuesdays. She’s an 88-year-old ikijibiki, or “living dictionary,” of International District history, having grown up in the Togo Hotel (now a parking lot next to the Panama Hotel), which used to stand just a couple of blocks from the prewar Maneki. “The restaurant was a huge, beautiful castle back then,” she recalls. “I remember playing there. I used to do classical Japanese dancing and I danced there one ...

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From Hiroshima to Hope looks for new leadership

Since 1984, a group of concerned citizens, peace activists, and members of the Japanese American community have gathered together on August 6 to mark the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II and to make connections with other groups looking to spread peace and community. Over the years, the event has grown and evolved, with a massive lantern-floating ceremony on Green Lake as the visual centerpiece of what is typically a moving and invigorating event. Families, neighbors, and activists line up to write their calligraphic messages of peace on the sides of the lanterns ...

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Seattle Bon Odori —Seattle Betsuin has deep local roots—

As we rehearse our Bon Odori dance moves and get ready to be part of the festival this July 21, let’s take a moment to honor those who put this Seattle tradition in motion. This will be our 86th Bon Odori as far as the records go, and it will be hosted by Seattle Betsuin, which was founded in 1901. Those are some deep Seattle roots.

According to the book Mukashi Mukashi by Ronald E. Magden, the first Seattle Bon Odori was held in 1932. Reverend Yoshi Iwanaga was introducing traditional folk dances to Japanese communities on the West ...

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Exploring race and identity at the Hapa Half Heritage forum

What does it mean to be hapa? Interdisciplinary artist Paul Kikuchi has been thinking about that question a lot lately as he prepares to run the Hapa Half Heritage forum during the Cherry Blossom Festival at Seattle Center from April 20-22. He’ll be showing a film, which features an original score, and sparking discussion with high school students and others on Friday. Kikuchi says he plans on “presenting excerpts from the film and talking with the students about civil liberties and the internment, then showing them film clips that give a tactile feeling of what it would have been ...

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Interview with Lori Matsukawa – KING 5 Anchor

As a teenager, Lori Matsukawa was prompted by friends to enter a beauty contest. She did, and it sent her on a life path that has included 35 years at Seattle’s KING 5 and a lifetime of giving back to the Japanese American community in Seattle. As Miss Teenage America, she traveled the country and was interviewed wherever she went. She thought journalism was the career for her. The North American Post sat down with the KING 5 anchor to talk about her career as a pioneering Asian American female journalist in the 1970s and 1980s and to look ...

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