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Cherry Blossom Festival Guide

Welcoming the arrival of spring, the Hanami (Flower Viewing) follows a centuries old custom in Japan celebrating the country’s numerous cherry blossom trees, called sakura. Each year thousands of people gather in parks to hold feasts with friends, family and company coworkers under the flowering trees…

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  • Leica M 240 Daimaru

    German camera company, Leica has launched a special edition compact camera exclusively for the Japanese market. Paying homage to Japan’s 300 year anniversary of the Daimaru department store, the Leica M 240 full-frame mirrorless compact DSLR is limited to just 50 units. Featuring a hand-lacquered black top with corresponding......

  • 2017 New York Indian Film Festival

    Celebrating its 17th year, the 2017 New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) is North America’s oldest, largest and most prestigious destination for feature films, documentaries and shorts from the Indian subcontinent. Running April 30 through May 7, 2017, the NYIFF features a rich and diverse celebration......

  • An Absolute Mind

    An Absolute Mind novel by San Francisco-based mixed race author, Lauren Lola follows the story of Sonya Ogino, a sophomore college student who suddenly finds her life changed forever when she learns she is a carrier of a genetically evolved, cognitive ability called Absolute Memory. Sonya......

  • 2017 Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest

    Celebrating its 3rd year, the 2017 Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest (Formerly San Jose J-Town FilmFest) is a celebration of the multi-ethnic community and rich history of Silicon Valley. Running April 27-30, 2017, the SVAP FilmFest offers a unique showcase in independent films primarily by......

  • 2017 Nikkei Matsuri

    Celebrating its 40th year, the 2017 Nikkei Matsuri (Japanese American Festival) is a vibrant and dynamic celebration of Japanese American culture and celebration in the community. Running April 23, 2017 in San Jose’s Japantown, the festival originated as a way for Japanese Americans in the......

  • BEAMS + New Balance

    Japanese retailer BEAMS has teamed up with American-based footwear manufacturer, New Balance for a special bespoke version of the 998 sneaker. Boasting a light grey colorway, the co-branded sneaker features a premium suede and mesh upper construction with accents of blue and reflective 3M. Additionally, embroidered “Boston”......

  • 2017 Far East Film Festival

    Celebrating its 19th year, the 2017 Far East Film Festival (FEFF) is the largest showcase of contemporary Asian cinema in Europe. Running April 21 – April 29, 2017, the Far East Film Festival features an impressive line-up of 83 feature films covering a wide variety of......

  • Krispy Kreme ‘Good Luck Easter’

    American doughnut chain, Krispy Kreme recently rolled out a series of seasonal doughnuts for the Japanese market. Available between March 22 and April 25, 2017, the Krispy Kreme ‘Good Luck Easter’ collection celebrates spring with Easter-themed doughnuts. Highlighting the collection is the “Caramel Krispy Easter” doughnut which......

  • Ai Weiwei at the Château La Coste Gallery

    Ai Weiwei, renowned Chinese conceptual artist’s brand new exhibit titled “Mountains and Seas” is currently on exhibition at the Château La Coste gallery in Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France. Running April 8 through June 17, 2017, Weiwei’s “Mountains and Seas” stunning exhibition showcases his broad talents as a sculptor, photographer,......