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In new essay collection ‘Autumn Light,’ Pico Iyer returns to Japan older, wiser

In Autumn Light, Pico Iyer returns readers to Japan nearly 30 years after he enchanted them with the highly successful The Lady and the Monk. However, the Japan he once visited is not the...

‘Secret Harvests’ probes an unspeakable Japanese American family history

David “Mas” Matsumoto, author of Epitaph for a Peach, Harvest Son, Changing Season, has yet another true story to share, this time a family secret so unspeakable that it remained buried for over 60...

Balancing Cultures reimagines the family album, revealing unspoken truths in ordinary mid-century Japanese American...

Remember Me, from Jerry Takigawa's Balancing Cultures project. More often than not, there is a deeper meaning behind the smiles in photographs, especially in the age of film when each click of the shutter was...

A love of Ukiyo-e meets a passion for Basketball in Edo Ball 

In an exquisitely rendered but quirky art book, an ancient Japan is reimagined as a battleground where the great basketball icons spar in a fantasy world filled with ghosts and samurai. While the premise might...

Rising Son recounts the true and captivating experiences of Japanese American soldier Masao Abe...

There is a treasure trove of untold stories of Japanese American soldiers who served in WWII, yet few of those can match the unique dramatic storytelling in Rising Son, the story of Masao Abe....

Invocation of Beauty gives past due and deserved recognition to photographer Soichi Sunami

“Just the best photographer who ever lived!” was the startling answer that changed the reputation of a pioneer, but forgotten, master artist. When author David F. Martin was researching the 1920s history of the...

“Cherry Blossoms” tells a human and botanical story of the cherry trees in the...

For over a century, thousands of cherry trees have graced the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C. and heralded spring in a specular display that is a true wonder of the world. The trees explode...

A celebration of the 75th anniversary of Miné Obubo’s landmark graphic novel “Citizen 13660”...

In 1946, only a year after the end of WWII and while some Japanese Americans were still being detained, the American public first learned about the Japanese American forced removal and incarceration through the...

“Learning to See”: A powerful woman’s voice in the face injustice should never be...

Even those who don’t know Dorothea Lange’s name know her depression-era images of Dust Bowl refugees. Our nation’s collective memory of that time is seared with her photographs, the most iconic being “Migrant Mother,”...

The glory that once was is now again seen in Nancy Yunhwa Rao’s “Chinatown...

Although its history has nearly turned into dust, Chinese opera not only once captured the soul of the Chinese community in America, but also the attention and hearts of mainstream America in cities where...