| Apr 16, 2015
| 3:51 PM
Nancy Oda's parents had an expression whenever she brought up her family's imprisonment behind barbed wire during World War II. "They said 'shikata ga nai—' it can't be helped," recalls Oda.
But Oda, who was born in a relocation camp at Tule...
| Apr 9, 2015
| 3:02 PM
GARY—The property manager at Jordan Mobile Home Park wasn't sure what he'd uncovered Thursday morning when he found what looked like grenades in a vacant trailer.
But Cpl. Javier Garza knew immediately.
"I saw the cap and pin and I knew they...
| Mar 18, 2015
| 5:00 AM
Pity the poor office worker. It's midafternoon, and taking a break probably means sneaking off to the vending machine for a soda, or at best slipping out for coffee. But what about those who crave cuddle time with a cat? Or maybe a snuggle session with...
| Apr 2, 2015
| 10:56 AM
After capturing top honors in a recent state tournament, three New Trier High School students are heading to Washington, D.C., next week to compete in the National Japan Bowl competition.
Last month, New Trier High School Japan Bowl team members Miya...
| Mar 19, 2015
| 3:55 AM
Sugimori "Candy" Miyuki, one of only 15 formally trained Japanese candy artists in the world, demonstrated her craft in front of several hundred UCF students Wednesday at the campus Student Union. Miyuki's appearance, which was presented by the...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 4:30 PM
Half a century ago, the man who built the Broadway department store chain and his wife gave to UCLA their house and the Japanese garden that spilled down the hillside below it near the Hotel Bel-Air. The UC regents, UCLA's governing body, promised to...
| Apr 3, 2015
| 5:06 PM
A sleek bullet train pulled into a city in northern Japan recently with 15 Los Angeles teenagers aboard. They looked like typical school kids everywhere, in the uniform of T-shirts, hoodies, jeans and sneakers. The city likewise appeared unremarkable,...
| Apr 3, 2015
| 3:59 PM
Tuesday here felt like ground zero for spring. The weather was lovely. Schools were on spring break. Families were everywhere viewing cherry blossoms. The city was white with petals.
In Bunkyo, a northern district of Tokyo, the attractions were many....
| Mar 30, 2015
| 8:10 AM
Spring comes with a celebration of Japanese culture at the Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, a display now on view for free. This marks the first Japanese-inspired display for the 13,500-square-foot gardens, which feature more than 82,...
| Mar 30, 2015
| 4:00 AM
On many Friday evenings, 38-year-old Tomo Iwabuchi and six friends can be found on a street corner in Fukushima City, banging drums, chanting and singing. "Zero nukes!" Iwabuchi yells into a microphone as a few pedestrians stride by.
| Mar 29, 2015
| 6:00 AM
For years, Japan has been searching for a way to get its economic mojo back, and increasingly it's looking to people like 17-year-old high school dropout Yoichiro Mikami as the answer.
In a conformist culture where the socially acceptable road to...