August 7, 1986 |
The 46th Nisei Week Japanese Festival this Friday through Aug. 17 provides a midsummer break and an opportunity to sample the best of an exotic culture. The festival was started by Nisei, or second generation Americans of Japanese ancestry, to honor their ethnic heritage.
April 8, 1988 |
"Japanese traditional dance is like Japanese tatami mats," observes Ukon Nishikawa, director of Nagoya Odori, the folk dance group that will perform at the Japan America Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday. " Tatami used to be very popular, but now no one has them in their homes. "Although Odori is one of the most important traditional arts of Japan, I can't say that it's popular today. But maybe traditional culture is always like that," says Nishikawa.
April 30, 2000 |
Modernist architect Raquel Vert laughs when she recalls the 10 years during which she and her husband, Chaim, lived in their 1950s Encino ranch house before deciding to remodel. "I was working around the clock, seven days a week, in Frank Gehry's office and didn't have time for anything," she says, "much like the proverbial shoemaker's child with no shoes." She even resisted making decorative changes. "I wanted to do it right or not do anything at all."
October 13, 1995 |
Before Japan knew the term sexual harassment , Yuko Watanabe put up with her boss's back-room maulings as part of the job. The Tokyo hotel executive would call Watanabe, then a 20-year-old information guide, to the VIP lounge, throw her on the couch, cover her with kisses and laugh as she struggled. Three years later, in 1989, the nation's first sexual harassment case hit the courts, sparking widespread media coverage that finally gave this age-old problem a name: sekuhara.
December 1, 1996 |
Spend 13 days in the merry England of olde on a walking tour April 7 to 19. The walks take guests through 1,000-year-old villages, next to Roman walls, along the seacoast and through the literature region of the Lake District. Participants explore the north of England from the Blue John Caverns of Castleton to the ancient fishing port of Whitby and on to a bird-watching area.
May 26, 1985 |
Those dazzling newlyweds, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan and Greek shipping heir Basil Embiricos, made their first public appearance as a married couple at the national benefit for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Assn. at New York's Pierre Hotel, where the ballroom was abloom in pink roses. The evening was a tribute to the princess' mother, movie goddess Rita Hayworth, who suffers from Alzheimer's, and included on the program was a montage of Miss Hayworth's most memorable film moments.
September 17, 2002 |
In World War II, Soshitsu Sen, who would become a 15th-generation Japanese grand tea master, packed his tea box and utensils into his luggage and headed off to war, trained as a kamikaze pilot. He performed tea ceremonies for fellow pilots before they flew their suicide missions against the United States and its allies in the Pacific. The war ended before his number was called.
June 21, 1985 |
W ho is this guy? In 52 fights spanning the last 13 years, no opponent's hand has ever been raised above him in victory. Forty-eight of his foes had to be scraped up off the canvas. Larry Holmes? Marvelous Marvin Hagler? Neither. It's David Michael Rivisto, the World Kick Boxing Assn. heavyweight champion, born among the martial arts of Japan and apprentice to one of the world's greatest heavyweight boxers.