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Books on Japan

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I received an email from a college student asking me to recommend books on Japan. Below are five books that I use for research and teaching.  The African-American Encounter with Japan & China, Black Internationalism in Asia, 1895-1945 (Gallicchio) African-American Views of the Japanese (Kearney) Japan Rising (Pyle) Japan’s Reluctant Realism (Green) Japanese the Manga…

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Commentary: What Barack Obama means to me

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When President-elect Barack Obama and his family move into the White House, it will signify moving into every household in America. Obama will not become some Black dude that moved in down the street located in a predominately White neighborhood and he and his family will not become the new Cosby Show. The Obamas will…

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A New Pride in America?

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I read the Eugene Robinson (pictured above) piece, “Obama Campaign Instills New Pride” and felt the need to comment here at Black Tokyo. Mr. Robinson writes for the Washington Post. His column is distributed by the Washington Post Writers Group, 1150 15th NW, Washington, DC 20071. You can reach him at eugenerobinson@washpost.com. Please feel free to…

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Clam Magazine Interviews Black Tokyo’s Zurui

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Founded by film producer Andy Okoroafor,CLAM is a unisex magazine whose goal is to promote creativity, concepts and ideas in fashion, architecture, music, design, the arts, free-time, travels and African design…. these different themes are approached in two main areas: Lifestyle and Trends.  Each subject is part of an original and conceptual artistic direction. The concepts are presented…

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Yajima Biyoshitsu

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The talented and sometimes funny owarai duo, Tunnels, have recently hooked-up with DJ Ozma (former Kishidan band leader) to form and produce a temporary female trio called Yajima Biyoshitsu (Yajima Beauty Salon). The female trio is actually the three men in drag. Here is the official website. The Yajima Biyoshitsu new song ties into a new Lotte chewing gum commercial (the…

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