April 2017

Wearing Hijabi-Lolita in Kuala Lumpur

Wearing Hijabi-Lolita in Kuala Lumpur

Hijabi-Lolita started as a way to honor one’s identity as a Muslim woman, but also participate in Lolita fashion. Hijabi-Lolita actually started among Muslim girls in Britain, Canada and the US. It has spread to other countries with Muslim minorities, and then to predominantly Muslim countries. Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia in particular have picked up the Hijabi-Lolita look, and Anime/Manga conventions in those countries have Lolita fashion shows and high teas as part of the events there. 

Kumamoto One Year Later: America and Japan Unite for An Unique Region's Recovery

Kumamoto One Year Later: America and Japan Unite for An Unique Region's Recovery

A year ago, it was the Japanese island of Kyushu's turn to feel the wrath of the hot heart of the Earth, as a series of quakes devastated Kumamoto and Oita Prefectures in Southern Japan. The main shock of the "earthquake swarm" was 7.0 magnitude, there were 44 fatalities and 3,000 injuries. 180,000 people were displaced. A large foreshock and 140 aftershocks were recorded.

Your Name. Your New Favorite Anime Film. Seriously, It’s THAT Good.

Your Name. Your New Favorite Anime Film. Seriously, It’s THAT Good.

This is the story of two teenage kids (isn’t it always?) separated by distance and by one of them living in the Tokyo megalopolis and one of them living out in a remote, rural part of Japan. Mitsuha is a girl from a family who has tended a Shinto shrine for hundreds of years. Mitsuha doesn’t like being trapped into a life she doesn’t entirely believe in either. One day she wishes upon a star that she would be reborn -- and soon -- as a boy in Tokyo. 

Going On A Kaiten-zushi Date? Remember These 10 Faux-Pas To Avoid!

Going On A Kaiten-zushi Date? Remember These 10 Faux-Pas To Avoid!

Kaiten-zushi, also known as conveyor belt sushi, is a popular inexpensive date night in Japan. And it's not really that unusual to see them in big cities in the US too. There have been places serving these inexpensive little bites of sushi in Los Angeles, anyway, since the 1970s.  However, just as there are rules for eating sushi, there are specific rules for eating at a kaiten-sushi establishment. These rules come from a Japanese site, but are pretty much universal. Your date is watching, and judging, you on your form. Commit these to memory.