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A Brief History of Veterans Day

Every year on November 11, Americans pay their respects to the veterans who fought for this country. People celebrate Veterans Day in a variety of ways ranging from barbeques and parades to just taking the day off. But how did this American holiday begin? The history of this national holiday dates back to what was […]

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Hello Kitty Comes to JANM!!!

Weighing in at about 3 apples and standing 5 whole apples tall, this icon of Japanese popular culture has become one of most popular fictional characters in the world. Hello Kitty was created in Japan in 1974 making this year, 2014 its 40th anniversary! In honor of Hello Kitty’s 40th birthday, the Japanese American National […]

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SoCal Halloween

Halloween had become more than just a day where people dress up for annual costume parties. The holiday has turned into a month of popular tourist attractions transforming into thrilling experiences for people to experience together. If you’re having trouble deciding how to fill your month with Halloween excitement, here are some of the most […]

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Fourth of July Celebrations Around California

Are you ready for the Fourth of July? It’s time to celebrate this Friday with the red, white, and blue (and maybe some barbeque and fireworks too)! If you’re looking for something to do, check out some of the patriotic festivals going on in your area. For more information, click the highlighted links. Southern California: […]

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Obon Festival Season is Almost Here!

Summer is almost here… and so is obon festival season! In our “Obon: A Japanese Summer Festival” post, we gave you a brief overview of the cultural significance of the event and what to expect if you have never been to an obon festival. Obon is a fun, celebratory event that brings together families, friends, and […]

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Jacob Hashimoto’s ‘Gas Giant’ Art Installation: A Must See

Jacob Hashimoto’s art installation Gas Giant is currently being featured at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Pacific Design Center location in West Hollywood. I visited the installation last weekend and it completely exceeded my expectations. Gas Giant can be described as thousands of carefully crafted pieces of patterned paper hanging in colorful […]

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National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day 2014

America’s favorite cookie is the chocolate chip cookie so it’s no surprise that there is an unofficial day dedicated to this delicious sweet treat. National Chocolate Chip Cookie day is May 15. The first recorded chocolate chip cookie was created on accident by Ruth Wakefield in 1930. Wakefield and her husband Keith owned and operated […]

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May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Did You Know that May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month? Like the celebratory months of other ethnic American groups, we acknowledge and celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month in the month of May. Asian Pacific Heritage Month started in 1977 when Senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga, along with Representatives Frank Horton and Norman Mineta approached President […]

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