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Happy New Year, Japanese-style

Gil Asakawa

Unlike other Asian cultures, the Japanese don’t celebrate Lunar New Year. Instead, they celebrate the Western calendar New Year, January 1, and some of the special holiday traditions have been handed down to Japanese Americans over the past century.

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Memorial for Colo. Gov. Ralph Carr dedicated

Gil Asakawa

Ralph Carr, the man who served as governor of Colorado at the start of World War II, had been largely forgotten for decades. But thanks to an effort by the Asian Pacific Bar Association (APABA) and a biography by journalist Adam Schrager, Carr’s making a comeback in Colorado, and his …

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History in the Northwest

Gil Asakawa

11:00 a.m.Here I sit in my rental car, mere yards from the water. I’m waiting for the Bainbridge Island Ferry in Seattle—I missed the last one by just seconds and the next one leaves in an hour.

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“Escape from Manchuria” chronicles a forgotten chapter of WWII history

Gil Asakawa

Emperor Hirohito of Japan gave an unprecedented radio address at noon 65 years ago today, on August 15, 1945, to announce that Japan would surrender unconditionally to the United States and the allied powers.

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Occupational Hazards

Gil Asakawa

The war is over and parts of the country, including parts of the capitol, are in ruins. US military forces move in as occupiers, serving as a transition until the country can be rebuilt and a new government installed.

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Reiko Rizzuto’s “Hiroshima in the Morning” is a powerful memoir - Part 2

Gil Asakawa

>> Part 1I emailed Rizzuto, who’s now a teacher at Goddard College in Vermont, where she teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing program, to see if I could ask several questions about her and the book. Here are excerpts from her responses:

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Reiko Rizzuto’s “Hiroshima in the Morning” is a powerful memoir - Part 1

Gil Asakawa

The media are reporting on how Muslim Americans are braced for attacks this weekend, because of the 9/11 anniversary. I know what that’s like, unfortunately, though not on the scale of violence and hatred Muslims are facing today.

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RIP Kyoko Kita – Denver’s Japanese community loses a cultural giant

Gil Asakawa

Tonight Erin and I heard some sad and shocking news. Kyoko Kita, a sensei, or teacher, of almost any traditional Japanese art or cultural tradition, died this morning of a massive heart attack while driving her sister and cousin back to Denver International Airport for their return to Japan. When …

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Margaret Kasahara’s pop art pokes at Asian stereotypes

Gil Asakawa

Margaret Kasahara was almost half an hour late to the opening reception of her first Denver solo exhibit, at the Sandra Phillips Gallery along the Arts District on Santa Fe Drive. Her fans, friends and collectors milled around soaking in the art on the wall, and made chit-chat until she …

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“Ninja Assassin” updates the ninja image for the 21st century

Gil Asakawa

The new movie “Ninja Assassin” just might spark a new wave of fascination with Asian martial arts, but instead of kung fu, the fad will be for ninjutsu, the art of the ninja warrior.

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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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