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What is Ikebana?

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

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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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Cultural Fusion: A Mother & Son Explore New Paths Through the Art of Taiko

It is our hope that the taiko community never loses sight of its roots as it works toward an inclusive and collaborative future that celebrates individual uniqueness and cultural diversity.

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Dango Mochi Amigurumi Pattern

Dango Mochi Amigurumi Pattern

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More Than Just A Name: Embracing Our Names with Our Culture

When I was younger, my Japanese middle name was a source of shame, especially since I was surrounded by kids with American names. Now, I've learned how our names are innately tied to our culture.

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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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Ningyo kuyo: In Japan, unwanted dolls receive a funeral send-off

It's natural for kids to outgrow their dolls when they age, but in Japan, to throw your doll away without thanking them is disrespectful. Learn more about ningyo kuyo, or doll funerals held at Shinto temples in Japan.

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You Probably Didn't Know These Things About Okinawa

Vegetable superheroes, snake liquor, and fried doughnuts are just some of the things that make Okinawan culture amazing. To learn more about some of the things that make Okinawa's culture so rich and vibrant, read on.

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“Isn’t It Good?”: How an Obon Dance was Created for Community

"Ei Ja Nai Ka" is a popular obon dance loved by many, but unlike other dances, it's not directly from Japan. Learn more about how PJ Hirabayashi of San Jose Taiko created the dance to be for the Japanese American community.

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Are These Japanese American Antiques and Heirlooms Familiar to You?

We've collected and listed 20 of the most commonly mentioned Japanese American antiques and heirlooms that families have found in their cupboards, shelves, kitchens, and attics.

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The Rise of the Mon Tattoo Trend: A Q&A with Japanese American Tattoo Artist Jun Osaki

More young Japanese Americans are getting their family mon, or crest, tattooed on their bodies today. In a Q&A with Portland-based artist Jun Osaki, we learn more about how tattoos can connect people to their culture.

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