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Allergy Season is Upon Us– Are you Ready?

The rain has stopped and spring flowers are in full bloom– which also means that allergy season is upon us. It’s tough to find relief from the sneezing and itchy, watery eyes during this time of year when everyone wants to be outside, enjoying the perfect weather. However, there are some things you can try to minimize your […]

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Celebrating Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day)

Hinamatsuri, also known as Girl’s Day, is a holiday in Japan that celebrates girls and wishes them happiness, health, and prosperity.  It occurs every year on March 3. There is also Children’s/Boy’s Day, which happens on May 5. On Girl’s Day, families with daughters will set up a multi-tiered hina doll display, which features the Emperor and […]

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It’s Time for Orange County Restaurant Week

Let the next round of Southern California restaurant weeks commence! Orange County Restaurant Week begins Sunday, February 23. Like the dineLA Restaurant Week that took place last month, the Orange County Restaurant Week will showcase participating restaurants, serving specially priced two and three course lunch and dinner options. Over 80 restaurants will offer specials, in addition […]

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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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