gil asakawa | pop stuff

Bits and bytes of Asian American pop culture and politics served up in small chunks

Chinese manga artist opens new chapter in Sino-Japanese exchanges

Wait, what? Japanese company introduces toilets controlled by smartphones

The video is priceless….

Cool book by a Japan expert about the first explosion of interest in Japanese culture, in 1866

Denver marks the 100th anniversary of cherry trees from Japan to US by planting 50 trees

Fro my Nikkei View blog. It was a damned cold day for a tree planting, but about 100 people showed up and planted 50 cherry blossom trees in short order at Green Valley Ranch near DIA. 

Here’s a video of a koto performance of the classic folk song, “Sakura” (“Cherry Tree”) during the luncheon after the planting:

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