Author: Ashley Arikawa

Throwback Thursday: Remembering the Sounds of the Little Tokyo Atomic Cafe

Do you remember the sounds of the Atomic and Troy Cafés? Long before the days of the Señor Fish Mexican food joint on the corner of First and Alameda in Little Tokyo stood two landmark establishments, a late-night noodle house/punk rock hangout and a young Chicano artist gathering spot. On Saturday, February 22, Atomic Nancy of […]

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Japan Puts a Twist on Valentine’s Day Gift Giving

Do the Japanese celebrate Valentine’s Day? Yes, in fact, they do! The Western holiday was introduced to Japan in the 1930’s by the confectionary shop Morozoff Limited with an advertisement aimed at attracting foreigners living in Japan. It was not until the 1950’s when other Japanese cookie and chocolate makers began popularizing the custom of […]

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Vehicle Safety Features: Seatbelts, Airbags… Talking Cars?

A recent announcement revealed that by the year 2016, car manufacturers may be required to install vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems in new cars. This technology will allow vehicles to wirelessly communicate with other vehicles or the road to monitor distance between other cars and speed. These vehicle communications systems are the latest focus in safety features for […]

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February 19, 1942: A Day to Remember

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, giving military permission to incarcerate over 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry and forcibly move them to crudely built relocation camps in California, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Arkansas, Idaho, and Utah. Each  year, Day of Remembrance (also referred to as DOR) events are held to […]

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Winning $3000 at a Clippers Game– Priceless

Mike Kinoshita, one of our Account Executives, recently had the opportunity to shoot free throws at a Clippers game and win money in a promotion during the second quarter. Tell us about what you participated in. It was a promotion at the Clippers Game on January 6th that was sponsored by the Chumash Casino and Resort. […]

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Do Your Part: Easy Ways to Conserve Water

California is in the middle of one of its driest winters on record, raising alerts about a drought emergency. Reservoirs throughout the state are running out of water with not enough rain or snowfall to restore it to its normal levels. A voluntary conservation effort has been announced, urging California residents to watch their water […]

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Five Time Management Tips and Tricks

Have you ever had a hard time starting a new project or a tough task, putting it off until the very last minute? I know I have, and most of the time procrastinating just makes you feel worse later. Here are five tips to help you stop procrastinating and start checking off your ‘To Do’ […]

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