3 to 1: [Video] Gamers

Gamers of different video game generations with different opinions. Which do you identify with the console kids? The Minecraft gen? or the OG Lan-party kids?

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Video Games: Friend or Foe?

Gamers used to be perceived as losers and incels (and some still are), but it's 2022: a lot has changed.

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A Q&A with the Developers of J-Town: A Visual Novel

Iszac Gaton and Taylor Weik, developers of the upcoming indie game J-Town: A Visual Novel, talk about the game development process and all things Japantown.

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Stress Less with Games!

Is your life stressful? Try out some of these stress-free games!

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Walk the Farm - Part Two: Issei & Nisei Farm Legacy Project

Learn more about the inspiring history of JA farming families and the Southern California-based project to preserve their stories.

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In Defense of Video Games: I'd Give My Son a Game Before a Tablet

I would rather my son start playing video games than just watching TV. I believe there are a lot of benefits to playing video games, despite it being unfairly blamed for violence and obesity.

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Decolonizing Tabletop Fantasy

Cai Kagawa explores the problematic racial representation in D&D

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Creating the Ripple

Ripple Effect: Walk for Suicide Prevention, was an event hosted by Changing Tides and was intended to be a moment of reflection for those we have lost by suicide and to be a reminder that anyone can create a ripple effect in suicide awareness and prevention.

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Sportsball for Dummies: A Guide to Surviving a Baseball Game

I’m here to guide you through the unbearable and excruciating… I mean, FUN AND ACTION-PACKED opportunity of being dragged…BROUGHT to a bases of ball game.

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5 Things I Learned at Yo! Camp (as an Adult)

When you think of an overnight summer camp, you think of all the benefits it will have for the campers. But instructors and staff like myself learned a lot, too.

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Outside the Bubble: A Road Trip Across the U.S.

For a long time, I have had this dream of going on a cross country roadtrip constantly pestering me.

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626 Assembly Center

My grandmother and her family stood on the same ground as Asian Americans do today while attending 626 Night Market—albeit under extremely different circumstances—but it bothers me to know that her history is being forgotten or ignored.

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Yo! Camp: Make Magic, Every Day

Our inaugural year of Yo! Camp was something magical. Let's explore where that magic comes from.

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Family Summer Bucket List for Adventure Days

A bucket list for families to embrace an adventure mindset with kids during the summer.

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My JA Community: A SoCal Transplant in NorCal's Summer

I moved to San Jose three years ago; this is my story of experiencing community in both NorCal and SoCal.

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Walk the Farm - Part One: Harvesting Hope

How one farm in Irvine, CA created an annual tradition that continues to bring the community together and change people’s lives around the world.

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3 to 1: Summer Break

Summer break, some find it too hot, some find it too short, others don't care cause they're stuck in their cubicles during it. Let's see how teachers and students feel about it and why it is important.

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Running Into Summer

Running my first half marathon to kick off summer 2022

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Perks of Being a Rock Climber

There’s a lot to love about this sport that may seem extreme, silly, or inaccessible from the outside. And while I don’t intend to turn anyone into a hardcore climber from this article alone, maybe you’ll be inspired to get a day pass at your local gym the next time a friend invites you along!

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Food

Buttercream Dreams | An Interview with Kylie Miyamoto of Kymoto Co.

Meet Kylie Miyamoto of Kymoto Co., the Tustin-based online cake shop that specializes in minimalist and modern buttercream cakes.

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Date Guide: Little Tokyo Edition

Add these iconic Little Tokyo spots to your date-rotation. Bonus points if you hit them all in one go!

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Ozoni from Around the World

No two ozoni are alike. Join us as we explore the variety of mochi from around the world.

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Starting Your Own Family Mochitsuki

A family mochitsuki can be a great way to bring the family together for the holidays and it's easier than you think.

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Holiday Tastes and Traditions

What food do you need to have to complete your holiday season? Three millennial women share the the meals and recipes that have become new traditions in their families - two recipes included!

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Winter Themed Cocktails

Cocktails to sip next to a fire pit

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Following Family Recipes: A Saga

When certain nostalgic cravings hit, I love the idea of getting to follow family recipes. The eating portion is great, the "aw I get to connect with my family" is great, but the "here's a semi-legible recipe/grocery list, good luck" makes it much more of a challenge.

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Healing Through Food

How a loaf of bread helped me process grief after the Atlanta shootings.

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The Greatest Restaurant I Never Knew

An ode to the beautiful life and heart-rending death of Yoonjin Hwang’s beloved Spoon by H.

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Things I Ate During Quarantine

Curious about some of the things I ate during quarantine? No? Well here's an entire photo journal!

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Fake Plastic Treats: The Origins of Restaurant Displays

A quiet ode to shokuhin sampuru, also known as those beautiful plastic food displays you see in Japanese restaurants.

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Nikkei Diaspora: Oshogatsu

Starting the new year with friends and family... around the world.

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Osechi Top 8

Read one author's family ranking of traditional Japanese New Year's foods - the Otera Osechi Top 8, ranked by how satisfying the prep experience is.

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Kentakki Fried Christmas

Kentucky Fried Chicken for Christmas. This is a thing in Japan.

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(Almost) Brand New Recipes

Ready to freshen up your meal schedule with some legacy recipes? We took a dive into some of our favorite community cookbooks to source some recipes that you definitely haven't heard of.

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Power Ranking: Thanksgiving Foods

A not-at-all-definitive power ranking of Thanksgiving foods.

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Culture

Japanese Fashion Through the Years

There’s a lot more to Japanese fashion than you can imagine. Let’s take a look at some major points of fashion in Japan.

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Antiques Kinoedo: The Romance of Japanese Antiques

My dad has been antiquing for years, specializing in buying and selling Japan-made goods. I went behind the scenes to learn about his business.

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Grief That’s Worth Its Weight in Gold

I started my pre-loved fine gold jewelry business, Teruko Jewelry, on a whim—I knew nothing about solid gold, the value of gold jewelry or even how I would mail out orders. But when the scariest thing in the world has happened to you, things that might have seemed daunting feel manageable.

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3 to 1: Cultural Arts

How do generational differences affect opinions of cultural arts and their importance? You want to know, and so do we.

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This is the Way

It’s not the destination, it’s the journey. And if you guys can understand that, then what you’ll see happen is that you won’t accomplish your dreams, your dreams won’t come true; something greater will.

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What is Ikebana?

Ikebana is a long practiced Japanese art. This is my experience practicing it.

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With Love for Our Community: Building Community with J-Town Action と Solidarity

It’s hard to explain why working with JAS is so important to me. Showing up in action and solidarity with love for our community and a revolutionary vision for the future just feels like the right—and sometimes the only—thing to do.

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Nuances of the Chinese Zodiac

While most have a basic familiarity with the animals of the Lunar New Year, there are a number of nuances and stories associated with the zodiac that many don't know. Let's jump right in!

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Adding Love to Grocery Store Flowers

With just a few tips, you can enhance your local grocery store flowers (or flowers picked from your backyard) into a thoughtful arrangement that will reflect your true feelings.

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Fierce Vulnerability with Gia Gunn

Gia Gunn chats about her journey from dancing Nihon-buyo as a child to RuPaul's Drag Race to self discovery and activism.

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Starting Your Own Family Mochitsuki

A family mochitsuki can be a great way to bring the family together for the holidays and it's easier than you think.

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Holiday Tastes and Traditions

What food do you need to have to complete your holiday season? Three millennial women share the the meals and recipes that have become new traditions in their families - two recipes included!

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What’s in an Osechi?

An entire arrangement of traditional Japanese foods, and yet most of us don't know where it came from or what the foods represent.

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Have You Been to a Traditional Mochitsuki?

Traditional mochitsuki is a long-time tradition of the Yasukochi Family. Here's a family members perspective of the annual event.

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Has Marie Kondo Gone Too Far?

For the past decade, Marie Kondo has built a base of followers, guided by her principles in decluttering and streamlined material possession. But has capitalism steered her away from her original purpose?

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Old Good Things

What are we going to do with all this old stuff?

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