MUJI Opens in San Francisco


Japanese retail company, MUJI recently opened its first West Coast flagship store in San Francisco. Located in the SOMA (South of Market) district, the retail space spans 7,250 square feet over two stories and will offer over 2,000 popular MUJI products including 1,700 household and 300 apparel items. Link, Link MUJI San Francisco 540 9th Street San Francisco, CA Get the <a href=””>Google Maps</a> widget and many other <a href=””>great free widgets</a> at <a href=””>Widgetbox</a>! Not seeing a widget? (<a href=””>More info</a>)


2012 LA EigaFest


  Celebrating its 2nd year, the 2012 LA EigaFest film festival hosted by the Japan Film Society is a unique showcase of Japanese and Japanese influenced films to an American audience. Running December 14-16, 2012, LA EigaFest named after the Japanese word for film hopes to increase the presence and appreciation of Japanese film and culture in the U.S. “Our wish is that ‘Eiga’ will become an iconic Japanese-English phrase in the way that ‘Manga’ and ‘Anime’ represent specific visions of modern Japanese art and culture.”


Hello Kitty at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Joining alongside the likes of many iconic American characters, Hello Kitty will make its entrance during this years Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Marking its 86th year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the largest celebration of its kind, drawing over 3.5 million spectators watching live and another 50 million tuning in across the country. This year’s parade will feature 16 giant character balloons, 40 novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons, 28 floats, 1,600 cheerleaders and dancers, 900 clowns, 11 marching bands and a host of celebrity


2012 Hyper Japan


Celebrating its 4th year, the 2012 Hyper Japan is UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture, Japanese cuisine and Japanese cool. Presented by Eat Japan, Hyper Japan takes place November 23-25, 2012 and features everything that is creative, cute and crazy about contemporary Japan including cosplay competitions, live music, Eat-Japan food and drink events: sushi workshop, sake experience, tea bar and cooking & drink demonstrations in addition to a robot show, Marble Collection fashion show and much more. Link Hyper Japan November 23-25, 2012 London, UK.


Ai Weiwei at the Hirshhorn Museum


Ai Weiwei, renowned Chinese conceptual artist’s installation “According to What?” is currently on exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C. Running October 7, 2012 through February 24, 2013, Weiwei’s first North American appearance of “According to What?” features a significantly revised version of the 2009 Tokyo exhibition at the Mori Art Museum. “Ai brings our minds and our very being back to a fundamental way of thinking,” said the exhibition’s curator, Mami Kataoka, chief curator at the Mori Art Museum. “One common thread through


2012 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival


Celebrating its 16th year, the 2012 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is Canada’s premier presenter of Pan Asian contemporary cinema. Running November 6-11 (Toronto) and November 16-17 (Richmond Hill), the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival hosts more than 60 films and videos from over 14 countries including Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kashmir, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States. Founded in 1997, Reel Asian International Film Festival began as a 3-day event in response to meet the


2012 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival


Celebrating its 5th year, the 2012 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) is the first event of its kind in Philadelphia – a film festival celebrating and elevating the Asian American experience. Running November 7-17th, 2012, the PAAFF has hosted more than 100 featured films from a mix of documentaries, narrative features and shorts. The festival continues to promote culturally relevant programming to a broad audience and providing sponsors with a meaningful platform to engage the community through working with organizations like Greater Philadelphia Film


2012 Vancouver Asian Film Festival


Celebrating its 16th year, the 2012 Vancouver Asian Film Festival is a celebration of diversity in film. “The aim of VAFF is to foster an understanding and appreciation of today’s independent North American Asian filmmakers, while providing a springboard to larger film festivals. The society endeavours to represent the often ignored North American Asians caught between two cultures. The Vancouver Asian Film Festival Society will provide a cultural bridge between the Asian and non-Asian communities as well as the Asian communities themselves.” Running November 1st


2012 Boston Asian American Film Festival


Celebrating its 4th year, the Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) continues to empower Asian Americans through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston community. Running October 25-28, 2012, the BAAFF will host a diverse collection of independent films and videos at 3 venues in Boston and Cambridge. BAAFF features such big name and emerging films as Shanghai Calling, Mr. Cao Goes to Washington, Model Minority, White Frog, Sunset Stories, Wedding Palace and many more.


2012 Tokyo International Film Festival


Celebrating its 25th year, the 2012 Tokyo International  Film Festival (TIFF) is an aspiring film festival, playing an integral role in Japan’s film industry and cultural scene with the determination to be recognized as one of the four major film festivals of the world – Cannes, Venice and Berlin. TIFF is the largest film festival in Asia featuring 975 featured films from 76 countries around the world. Premiering with Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, TIFF features other acclaimed films as Trouble with the Curve, Argo,