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Pop culture including J-pop builds bridges between Japan and the US

Gil Asakawa

I’m a fan of anime and manga, although I don’t actually follow the zillions of comics or animated series and movies, because they’re instrumental in building bridges between Japan and the United States. I’ve spoken with eager young Caucasian anime fans in full cosplay (dressed in costumes playing the part …

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Japanese Americans, Chinese food and our sense of community

Gil Asakawa

Mmmmm. Chinese food. Just thinking about Lao Wang Noodle House in Denver, which I swear serves the best dumplings in the universe (it’s where the photo below was taken) gets my mouth watering. It’s a tiny hole-in-the-wall tucked into a tiny strip mall along the South Federal Asian strip of …

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Why are there no Asian Santa Clauses?

Gil Asakawa

I just had an interesting phone conversation with Leo Duran, a producer at KPCC public radio in Los Angeles, about a burning issue the media must address: Why are there no Asian Santa Clauses?

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2012 was a good year for Denver’s Japanese and Japanese American community

Gil Asakawa

This was a good year for Japanese and Japanese Americans in Colorado. A lot of the credit goes to Ikuhiko Ono, the Consul General who came to Denver late last year, and has made a concerted effort to reach out to the local JA community.

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Rice and tea have been and always will be mainstays of Asian culture

Gil Asakawa

I’m not much of a churchgoer, but I’ve attended and volunteered at events at both the Denver Buddhist Temple, and the Simpson Methodist Church, which are both focal points of the local Japanese and Japanese American communities. A couple of weeks ago, I was part of the Mile High JACL‘s …

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Japanese Americans should follow Japan news

Gil Asakawa

Over the years, I’ve been surprised that many Japanese Americans aren’t interested in Japan or even visiting Japan, mostly because they’re embarrassed that they don’t speak Japanese, or they feel entirely American.

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A visit to Nan Desu Kan: Cosplay takes the spotlight at anime convention

Gil Asakawa

As an outsider to the anime and manga community Erin and I are drawn to Nan Desu Kan, Denver’s anime convention that celebrates its 16th year this weekend at the Marriott in the Tech Center, in large part for its attendees’ passion for cosplay. We’re not that familiar with the …

Nikkei Chronicles #1—ITADAKIMASU! A Taste of Nikkei Culture

Quick Thoughts on Japanese Fast Food

Gil Asakawa

American-style fast food was only introduced in Japan during the past 30 years—when I lived there as a child, there were no McDonalds, Pizza Hut or KFC to be found in the alleys and skyscrapers of Tokyo. Those bastions of U.S. culture arrived in the late ‘60s and during the …

Nikkei Chronicles #1—ITADAKIMASU! A Taste of Nikkei Culture

Food for Life: Nice Rice

Gil Asakawa

It’s been 20 years since I graduated from college (!), and I realized I don’t have much to show from those days.

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

As anniversary of Tohoku Earthquake nears, Japan thanks the world, shows recovery efforts

Gil Asakawa

It’s almost a year since the 9.0-level Great East Japan Earthquake, as the disaster is now officially called, and the subsequent tsunami devastated a huge swath of the Tohoku region along the country’s northeast coast. With the anniversary looming, many communities in the U.S are planning commemorative events, and many …

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Gil Asakawa is a Sansei journalist, blogger, and online content and social media expert who lives in the Denver area with a Yonsei wife and two cats. He bogs about JA and Asian American topics at www.nikkeiview,com and he authored "Being Japanese American" in 2004.

Nikkei interests

  • family stories
  • festival/matsuri
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns
  • taiko
  • pop culture

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