Narushige Michishita discusses pacifism and U.S.-Japan relations

Policy expert Narushige Michishita discusses U.S.-Japan relations and whether strong defense contradicts Japan’s constitutional stance on pacifism.
Nov 14, 2018

Seattle International Butoh Festival runs through July 15

The eight-member DAIPANButoh Collective hosts the ninth annual Seattle International Butoh Festival, running through July 15 at various spaces around Seattle and Shoreline, featuring both dancers from their own troupe and performers from around the world.
Jul 7, 2018

JAPAN: Overview|Opportunity|Etiquette

Join us for an opportunity to gain insight on: The recent economic relations between Washington State and Japan Specific business sectors in Japan that would be great opportunities for engagement Business development strategies for making contact with potential partners in Japan Japanese business etiquette Speaker: Kenji Ushimaru, President of Infra Innovation (Additional speaker TBA) For more […]
May 14, 2018

Stepping Up (is hard to do?) Lecture by Takako Hikotani, Columbia University

Japan seems to have adapted well to the Trump administration, with successful “Trump management” by the government officials. Trump management is not enough, however. Japan will have to step up and do more to preserve the liberal democratic order, which now lacks leadership from Washington. This will mean a role reversal for Japan. Rather than […]
Apr 6, 2018
An American MV 22 Osprey flies over Okinawa. (Photo from Flickr by Ojo de Cineasta)

Seattle City Council should stand up to new military bases on Okinawa

Dozens of American military installments are packed onto the small Japanese island of Okinawa. Seattle should voice our opposition.
May 12, 2016

S. Korea, Japan reach agreement on wartime “comfort women”

The issue of "comfort women," the euphemistic name for women forced to work in Japan's wartime brothels, has long plagued ties between the neighbors.
Dec 29, 2015

An Asian family’s first experience with American sizes

Aaron Wong recalls his family's reaction to the size of their hotel room and their dinner on their first day in the United States.

“East Side Sushi” pushes gender barriers in a cross-ethnic culinary setting

The "East Side Sushi" premiere in Seattle is sure to raise questions about gender, culture and food.
Nov 12, 2015

Japanese artist scheduled for UW talk on art and politics denied visa

Artist Fram Kitagawa, who has curated major events in Japan, says he was denied a visa because of activism in the 1960s against a U.S. military base.

Hiroshima marks atomic bombing, worries about steps toward war

Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, but officials objected to the term "aggression" to describe its World War II actions.
Aug 6, 2015

What it felt like to play a piano that survived the Hiroshima bombing

On the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, a Seattle teen traveled to Japan for a goodwill concert.
Aug 5, 2015

From Hiroshima to Hope commemorates bombing’s 70th anniversary

Aug. 6 marks the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima's atomic bombings and one of the world's largest and oldest Japanese lantern ceremonies outside Japan.
Jul 30, 2015
Rainier Valley Food Bank volunteers used the Japanese Kaizen philosophy to resolve food-bank “choke points.” (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

Kaizen at the meat station: Japanese corporate strategy revitalizes food bank

How the strategy of “continuous improvement” developed in Japan and perfected at Starbucks is helping feed the hungry in South Seattle.
Mar 13, 2015

Kukai imports authentic ramen experience

Kukai stays close to its Japanese roots by importing many key ingredients. The restaurant will open its third U.S. location on Seattle’s Capitol Hill.
Mar 12, 2015
A member of a Japanese Search and Rescue team, still looking for survivors in Unosumai, Japan six days after the earthquake. (Photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock via Flickr)

Smile for Japan aims to outlast earthquake’s scars

Four years after the earthquake and tsunami ravaged northeastern Japan, Seattle artists and musicians are raising money to help heal psychological and social scars.
Mar 5, 2015

Kobe Bell chimes as Seattle marks 20 years since earthquake

Seattleites joined sister city Kobe, Japan in marking 20 years since the devastating 1995 earthquake.
Jan 17, 2015
A classroom full of students in Japan, where class sizes average around 30 students. (Photo by Shintaro Ozawa)

I-1351 tied, but global data shows one class size doesn’t fit all

What do Japan and South Korea have to say about the value of small class sizes?
Nov 7, 2014
Promotional material for an International Studies Abroad program in Spain reflects the demographics that dominate study abroad overall.

Why I started a study abroad program for People of Color

The two most influential forces in my life have been writing and travel. Growing up I always wanted to see the world (any place outside of Wisconsin would do). Just before I turned seventeen, my mother took me Senegal.
Oct 27, 2014
(Photo by Hailey Way)

Origami, shadows, and Hello Kitty: Japanese fashion hits SAM

The Seattle Art Museum’s new exhibit is a study in the cultural exchange between Japan and the US through fashion.
Jul 22, 2013

UW students represent at worldwide video game olympics in Vegas

Most Seattleites look forward to spending their summer in the sun. But for a few UW students, being holed up in front of a video game is not just a waste of good weather — it’s a quest for ultimate glory in the world’s largest video game tournament. 
Jul 17, 2013