グウェン・ムラナカ

(Gwen Muranaka)

Gwen Muranaka, English Senior Editor, has been with The Rafu Shimpo since 2001. Prior to that, she worked in Tokyo at the Japan Times where she still contributes the weekly cartoon “Noodles.” She attended UCLA where she received a BA in English literature and also studied one year at Waseda University. Muranaka started in community newspapers as assistant editor at the Pacific Citizen.

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Noodles: Obon Time

Gwen Muranaka’s weekly cartoon “Noodles” appears in The Japan Times, and occasionally in The Rafu Shimpo. The cartoons feature a Japanese American woman and her dog, presenting a Nikkei view of life in Japan.

In this cartoon, they enjoy their local Obon.

 

 

*This article was originally published on The Rafu Shimpo on July 16 2014.

 

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OCHAZUKE: New Year, Same Old Name

A little belated, but shinnen akemashite omedeto! Of course, here in the JA community, January 1 is only the beginning of the New Year’s season, with many community organizations hosting shinnenkai parties that will keep folks busy well into next month and beyond.

For New Year’s Day we went to Eric’s cousins’ home in San Gabriel and enjoyed a feast of nishime, accompanied by toasts of warm sake. This unseasonably warm winter we’ve been experiencing didn’t change my yearning for the traditional Japanese New Year’s foods like ozoni, soba, and kazunoko.

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A Bittersweet Tribute - Plaza in Little Tokyo dedicated for Mikawaya's Frances Hashimoto

It was a bittersweet gathering that took place on Thursday, November 19, 2012 for the dedication of Frances K. Hashimoto Plaza in Little Tokyo.

Hashimoto, CEO of Mikawaya USA and a fixture in Little Tokyo, passed away on November 4 of lung cancer. Less than two weeks since her passing, her absence at the street dedication was keenly felt.

City workers installed the signs for Frances Hashimoto Plaza, on East Second and Azusa streets, as more than 200 guests gathered before a Shinto altar laden with offerings of persimmons and a kasane of pink and white mochi. The new street ...

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Noodles: Jan … Ken … Pon!

Gwen Muranaka’s weekly cartoon “Noodles” appears in The Japan Times, and occasionally in The Rafu Shimpo. The cartoons feature a Japanese American woman and her dog, presenting a Nikkei view of life in Japan. In this cartoon, they play the game "Jan...Ken...Pon"

*This comic was originally published in The Japan Times on June 14, 2012.

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絆:ニッケイ・ストーリー ~東日本大震災から~

Noodles: Standing With Japan

Gwen Muranaka’s weekly cartoon “Noodles” appears in The Japan Times, and occasionally in The Rafu Shimpo. The cartoons feature a Japanese American woman and her dog, presenting a Nikkei view of life in Japan. In this cartoon, she expresses solidarity for those suffering in Japan.

*This comic was originally published in The Japan Times on March 27, 2011.

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