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
A statue of a girl that represents the sexual victims by the Japanese military is seen in front of Japanese embassy in Seoul, South Korea, December 28, 2015.   (Photo by Ahn Eun-na for News1 via Reuters.)

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
Aaron Wong (upper left) and his family. (Photo courtesy Aaron Wong.)

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.
Diana Elizabeth Torres depicts Juana in "East Side Sushi." (Photo courtesy of Blue Sun Pictures)

“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
Artist Fram Kitagawa was denied entry to the U.S. to speak on a conference on Japanese art and politics because of activism in the 1960s against a U.S. military base, according to conference organizers. (Photo by Noguchi Yuichi via Socially Engaged Art in Japan.)

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.
People pray for the atomic bomb victims in front of the cenotaph for the victims of the 1945 atomic bombing, at Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 6, 2015, on the 70th anniversary of the world's first atomic bombing of the city.  Photo by Toru Hanai for Reuters.

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
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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
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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 Ramen in Bellevue. (Photo by camknows via Flickr.)

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
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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
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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
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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
“Gosei” depicts Laura Kina’s daughter and is one of Kina’s five pieces at the new Wing Luke Museum exhibit, Under My Skin. (Photo via laurakina.com)

You don’t have to be mixed-race to have a mixed identity

A new exhibit at the Wing Luke museum is part of a growing movement that says our identity is a personal choice, not a fact of birth.
Jun 24, 2013
The author's Japanese students. (Photo by Reagan Jackson)

True tales of teaching English abroad part one: Why it’s worth it

Some people think of teaching English abroad as some kind of paid vacation, or sight-seeing with a paycheck. It’s definitely not that easy. But in the end, it’s worth the challenge.
Apr 29, 2013
A Japanese beckoning cat from the collection Billie Moffitt on display at the Bellevue Arts Museum. (Photo by Lynton Gardiner)

Beckoning cats invade the Bellevue Arts Museum

Those porcelain cat statues aren’t waving at you. They’re beckoning you to Bellevue for a lesson in Japanese culture.
Apr 23, 2013
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Three lessons Seattle should learn from Boeing’s Dreamliner-gate

The worldwide grounding of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and its battery fire put everyone’s worst travel nightmare front and center. A local aerospace expert gave us three takeaways from the aftermath.
Feb 20, 2013