Gil Asakawa's Nikkei View | Perspectives on Asian-American culture through the lens of identity, history, and experience
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When I was a kid in late 1950s-early 1960s Japan, I didn’t grow up drinking what American kids did. I loved the sweet but slightly sour, yogurty flavor of Calpis. That was my favorite soft drink, and it still is, under the Westernized name Calpico. Sure, I could get Coca-Cola on military bases, because my brother and I went to school on...

If nothing else, the pandemic of 2020 has caused many of us to hunker down and go out much less than before – if at all. With restaurants, bars and clubs shut down, many shops closed other than essential businesses for groceries, gas and whatnot, and no concerts, movies or other events to attend, our entertainment options became limited. And yet,...

During the Coronavirus pandemic, we’ve all gotten used to staying home every evening – no parties, dinners at restaurants, movie nights, concerts. Just a lot of plopping down on the couch to see what’s available on demand via cable, Netflix, Amazon Prime or other streaming source that brings entertainment to your living room. A lot of people have been reading...

Since before the coronavirus pandemic hit, I’ve been a fan of Namiko Chen and her website JustOneCookbook.com, which collects her recipes for the food she grew up with in Japan and now cooks for her family and friends in the U.S. My wife came across the site first and forwarded me various dishes that sounded delicious. I began following Nami’s...

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to eat. I’m a foodie. I love restaurants (I’m opinionated about them, too). And, I love to cook. I post photos of my food on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and even use the hashtags “#twEATs” and “#foodporn.” I like all food from around the globe, from burgers and pizza to Middle Eastern, Italian,...

The world, and all our lives, have changed in a very short time. When I wrote about the emerging coronavirus in February, it had just been officially named COVID-19 and it was still mostly concentrated in one province in China. At the time, there had been 42,000 infected with over 1,000 deaths in China and 400 sick and only one...

The coronavirus outbreak that started in Wuhan, China has become a worldwide crisis, and the virus is serious business – both figuratively and literally. Because the world economy is interlinked and interdependent, a disaster in Asia can have ripple effects across the globe’s financial markets. As countries including the United States cut back travel to China and block people from coming from China, the...

Let me say right upfront: I don’t like “Miss Saigon.” The musical has been a megahit staple of the stage since it made its debut in London in 1989 and then Broadway in 1991. It ran for a decade in New York, and was revived in 2017. Touring versions have crisscrossed the US, including in Denver in September. “Miss Saigon” makes lots of...

Perspectives on Asian-American culture through the lens of identity, history, and experience

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@GilAsakawa

- August 5, 2021

Talking 'bout Takayama: Thanks 9News, for letting me showcase the Denver Takayama Sister City Committee and our 61-year relationship with Denver's second sister city, the beautiful Japanese city of Takayama! https://t.co/K0V8zdR1Jg
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@GilAsakawa

- August 5, 2021

@TheBlackSheepAD Join the Denver Takayama Sister City Committee -- we probably won't go on a trip this fall as planned (thanks, covid), but next year or in 2023, we'll have a trip that will visit parts of Japan including Takayama for sure!
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@GilAsakawa

- August 5, 2021

@sonya_unrein @nexton9news Thanks -- I just saw it online...
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@GilAsakawa

- August 5, 2021

Still producing: The Snow Peas are dying off, but every morning I still harvest a handful. Stir-fry coming up! #gardening https://t.co/MakmVJmHzv
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@GilAsakawa

- August 4, 2021

Inspired by Olympics coverage: I just uploaded a YouTube video to accompany my Nikkei View blog post about the correct pronunciation of Japanese words like "daikon," sake" and even "Tokyo." https://t.co/4Wyy6FWmF5
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