スーザン・ハマカー

(Susan Hamaker)

Okinawan American Susan Hamaker is a New York-based writer who started the website JapanCulture•NYC in May 2011 as a resource for all things Japanese in New York City. She also blogs about her Okinawan heritage and her fascination with Japanese culture at shrinecastle.com.

Updated March 2012

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Have Your Bento Your Way with Bento On Demand

“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.

Do you ever purchase pre-packaged bento from a Japan…

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

Documentary Explores Being “Hafu” in Japan

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.

That conversation between my father…

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Enka Singer Jero Delights Diverse Japan Society Audience

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…

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Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Japanese Pop Singer AK is Saving Japan with Your Love

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.

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But she’d rather talk a…

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Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Fukushima City: Six Months Later - Part 2

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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. Arme…

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