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Decolonizing Tabletop Fantasy

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September 14, 2022

Cai Kagawa explores the problematic racial representation in D&D

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626 Assembly Center

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May 18, 2022

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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If you're Happi and you know it...

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October 15, 2021

Happi coat sewing tutorial

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Obon Will Always Be Obon

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June 15, 2022

Obon, like many Japanese American cultural practices, exists in the intersections of race and religion. Although Obon is a more widely accepted cultural-religious practice, this was not always the case.

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Japanese Fashion Through the Years

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October 21, 2020

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

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October 21, 2020

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

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April 13, 2022

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

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June 15, 2021

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

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June 15, 2021

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?

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March 15, 2022

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

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February 11, 2022

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

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May 20, 2020

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

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February 12, 2022

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

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June 28, 2020

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

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May 20, 2020

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

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June 28, 2020

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?

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October 21, 2020

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?

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December 18, 2021

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?

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May 20, 2020

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

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November 24, 2020

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

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Japanese Wellness Words That Will Make You Feel Good

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June 26, 2020

The Japanese language includes numerous and varied wellness concepts, many of which no word in English can adequately convey.

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Fake Plastic Treats: The Origins of Restaurant Displays

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November 24, 2020

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

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June 14, 2020

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

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New Years Traditions

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October 21, 2020

Counting down to midnight is a worldwide tradition of New Years Eve. We asked our friends what else they do to ring in the new year, every year.

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Kentakki Fried Christmas

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November 24, 2020

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

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Learn About Kinrōkanshahi 勤労感謝の日, or Labor Thanksgiving Day

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June 14, 2020

Since 678, Japan celebrates a holiday around this time of the year by giving thanks to laborers and the fall harvest.

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A Very Brief History of Halloween in Japan

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June 14, 2020

Halloween in Japan is rather new. Like many western influences that jumped the Pacific, the Japanese are slowly making it their own.

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Japan's Hottest Summer Festivals (That Aren't Obon)

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June 26, 2020

The Japanese summer festival season has a lot more to offer than obon. Learn more about the various food and fun-filled events that are held throughout Japan every summer.

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One Japanese Person's Thoughts on Government Responses to COVID-19

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June 14, 2020

Though we have our own thoughts on the U.S. government's response to COVID-19, we were curious about what Japanese people thought about us, as well as their own government's response.

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You Probably Didn't Know These Things About Okinawa

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April 26, 2020

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

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May 3, 2020

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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