New Era Name

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The entire Japan was very excited about naming of the country’s new era, Reiwa (令和=rei-wa). It was just announced on April 1st when some people were so preoccupied by the announcement, they forgot it was April Fool’s Day. Era names are called Gengo (元号=げんごう、GEN-GOh) in Japanese. Japanese use both the dominical year and Gengo which […]

Bamboo and Barbed Wire

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Bamboo and Barbed Wire Friday, April 12th 7:00 p.m. Egyptian Theatre Boise, Idaho Bamboo and Barbed Wire (http://www.bambooandbarbedwire.com/) is the latest documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Karen Day (https://www.karenday.net/bio.html). Over the past three years, Karen has donated her time and skills to document the stories of those interned at Minidoka – interviewing remaining survivors, their families, […]

Hina-matsuri (ひな祭り)

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March 3rd marks the traditional Japanese holiday, Hina-matsuri (ひな祭り), also known as Doll Festival, Peach Festival, or Girl’s Day. It’s a time when young girls and their families celebrate and pray for the happiness and health of the girls by displaying a set of ornamental dolls (ひな人形, hina-ningyō) in beautiful kimono on a stair-like platform called “hina-dan (ひな壇)”. The […]