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Book Review: Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow

I wrote this review back before the Ghost in the Shell movie released. I am not sure why I did not publish this review back then because I was very involved in the conversations about whitewashing in Hollywood as it pertains to APIDA people in the industry. I want to be clear that this is … Continue reading

Four Books about Japanese Internment

Folks who know me a bit know that my family was interned in the 1940s during WWII. This is a piece of family history that stays with me and I constantly reflect on its impact on my family and on me. I often talk about it in terms of my personal culture and in terms … Continue reading

Book Review: Saijōki: The Mogami Chronicles

I was really excited when I picked up this translation because it was a look into some of the historical accounts of my ethnic ancestry. To be honest, this is a very interesting position I find myself in because I am an United States citizen and have zero ties to the country of Japan. However, … Continue reading

ARC Review: Neo-Mecha Mayhem by Priya Sridhar

I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for an open and honest review. Neo-Mecha Mayhem by Priya Sridhar is set in an alternate futuristic Japan where the United States set up an ‘Americanized’ colony in Japan as a part of the treaty to end World War II. In this alternate future, there is a … Continue reading

Book Review: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

‘Ho ho,’ says the Keeper of the Beat. When I set to embark on this journey in the beginning of April, I had no idea where this story would take me. I have read a handful a Murakami novels and I was familiar with his abstract, explicit, and almost dream-like way of presenting his stories. … Continue reading

Microagressions are not Microgames

I was at the gym a couple weeks ago and a friendly gym-goer struck up a conversation and was giving me tips on how to isolate my muscle during a certain exercise. I appreciated the advice and instruction because I tend to be more of a novice when it comes to the gym and I … Continue reading

Ninjas as a Theme

Board games have a multitude of themes. Farming, pirates, zombies, civilization building… And don’t forget… NINJAS! Ninjas have been a relatively popular theme in board gaming. Some of those board games include… Smash Up (Ninja Faction) Ninja Dice Ninjato Ninja vs. ninja Ninja Burger I do like the ninja theme and have games that include … Continue reading

Reclaiming Culture, Part 1

I grew up in household devoid of a lot of Japanese traditions. Sure, we ate Japanese food and I had Japanese friends going up. However, I was not exposed to many Japanese traditions, the Japanese language, or Japanese history in the United States. I attribute the loss of our culture mainly to Japan’s involvement in … Continue reading

Board Game Review: Sushi Go!

Sushi Go! Designer: Nan Rangsima, Tobias Schweiger, and Phil Walker-Harding Publisher: Gamewright Players: 2-5 Weight: Super Light Play Time: 15 minutes Type: Card Drafting, Set Collection Sushi Go! is a very quick and easy card drafting game. On a turn, players will select one card simultaneously, collecting delicious looking Japanese foods in order to score … Continue reading

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