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Have Your Bento Your Way with Bento On Demand

Susan Hamaker

“Have it your way” was a slogan that fast-food chain Burger King used for forty years to encourage customers to create the burger they want rather than adhering to a strict menu. This is a concept that is generally not embraced in Japanese cuisine.

Nikkei Chronicles #2 — Nikkei+ ~ Stories of Mixed Language, Traditions, Generations & Race ~

Documentary Explores Being “Hafu” in Japan

Susan Hamaker

Daddy: Check the box that says “Caucasian.”Me:      Really? I didn’t know because I’m not completely Caucasian.           What about mom?Daddy: The child’s race is determined by the father’s side.

Enka Singer Jero Delights Diverse Japan Society Audience

Susan Hamaker

A diverse crowed filled Japan Society’s auditorium Saturday night. They were young, middle-aged, and not so young. They were Japanese, half Japanese, part Japanese, and non-Japanese. They were wearing jeans, dresses, and kimono. And they were all there for the New York debut of Jero, a Pittsburgh native who ...

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Japanese Pop Singer AK is Saving Japan with Your Love

Susan Hamaker

Akemi Kakihara is a Japanese pop star who has released 14 albums with EMI Music Japan, one of Japan’s major record labels. Her latest album, Say That You Love Me, came out in August 2010, and her two most recent US singles appear on compilation albums.

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Fukushima City: Six Months Later - Part 2

Susan Hamaker

Read Part 1 >>Professor Takahashi is an intelligent man whose face shows no signs of stress despite the hardships that have befallen his country. When discussing the nuclear crisis and radiation levels in Fukushima Prefecture, he speaks matter-of-factly and explains the science in layman’s terms. Armed with Fukushima University ...

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Fukushima City: Six Months Later - Part 1

Susan Hamaker

In September I had the opportunity to visit Fukushima City, Japan, as a guest of Takayuki Takahashi, Vice President of Fukushima University. I first met Professor Takahashi in June, when he and his team of researchers attended a medical trade show in New York City. Almost as much as he ...

Junko Fisher brings traditional Okinawan dance to New York

Susan Hamaker

By day Yoshitake Kamiya worked in the fields of Okinawa, Japan's southernmost prefecture. By night he performed traditional Okinawan dances and acted in plays with Taishin Za, a famous local theater group. For twenty years, between 1968 and 1988, he also traveled the world as an official member of ...

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Susan Hamaker is a Nisei whose mother is from Okinawa and father was from North Carolina. A television graphics operator and writer based in New York, Susan writes about Japanese cultural events and members of the Japanese community for her website, JapanCulture•NYC and her blog, Shrinecastle.com.

Nikkei interests

  • community history
  • family stories
  • festival/matsuri
  • Japanese/Nikkei food
  • Japantowns
  • taiko

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