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Karaoke on Steriods

Gil Asakawa

This article was written in 2003. I haven’t judged the Kohaku Utagassen contest since then, but I’ve attended the event most years. It’s still a tradition for Denver’s Japanese-speaking community, and a showcase for the older generation’s treasured “enka” style of pop song.This weekend I discovered that karaoke can be …

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Denver Pays Tribute to Bill Hosokawa, a Japanese American Leader

Gil Asakawa

Many Japanese Americans—especially older JAs—will be familiar with the name Bill Hosokawa.

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Nikkei View: Did the Tohoku Kanto Earthquake bring Japanese Americans closer to Japan?

Gil Asakawa

A couple of days after the tragic earthquake and tsunami struck the northeast coast of Japan’s main island on March 11, the Newark Star Ledger newspaper ran an article with a headline that promised Japanese Americans’ concerns for relatives in Japan: “Japanese-Americans in Fort Lee, Edgewater describe frantic calls to …

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Some people think Japan’s earthquake and tsunami are payback for Pearl Harbor? Really?

Gil Asakawa

I was shocked, saddened and depressed when I learned that there are people in the United States who think that the Tohoku Kanto Earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which has caused enormous damage and casualties that will surely top 10,000, is some sort of karmic payback for Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor. …

Kizuna: Nikkei Stories from the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

Nikkei View: Thoughts on the Great Tohoku Kanto Earthquake and tsunami from a Japanese American in Denver

Gil Asakawa

Unless you live in California, most Americans can’t imagine what it’s like to be in a minor earthquake, never mind a major one. As a kid in Japan, I lived through lots of little quakes. They were no big deal. If the quake seemed serious or went on too long, …

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Oodles of noodles: Ramen has quietly become hip in Colorado

Gil Asakawa

Erin and I have always been wistfully jealous of our friends in Los Angeles and San Francisco, for lots of reasons but not least the fact that they can eat killer ramen any night of the week. We have our fave ramen-yas in both San Francisco’s Japantown and LA’s Little …

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A semi-Japan Town in Manhattan

Gil Asakawa

The ebb and flow of New York neighborhoods is a great example of how cities evolve.

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The World Still Needs Min Yasui

Gil Asakawa

It’s easy to lose sight of someone’s national reputation if that person is a part of the local fabric.

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Japanese American identity – How do I feel when someone says “Gil-san”?

Gil Asakawa

I had an interesting thread of conversation the other day on Facebook, after someone sent me a friend request that ended with the person (he’s Caucasian) calling me “Gil-san.”

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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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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.

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  • histórias familiares
  • festivais/matsuri
  • culinária japonesa/nikkei
  • bairros japoneses
  • taiko
  • pop culture

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