WWII

Who Was “Tokyo Rose” of the WWII Radio Program for American Soldiers?

In the dark days of the Pacific War during the epic struggle of civilizations that was WWII, many American sailors and Marines would turn on their radios to listen to the dulcet tones of a program they were not allowed to listen to called “Zero Hour (ゼロ・アワー)”. This blacklisted station would play all of the…

A Lovely Visit to Hiroshima: the Past, the Present, and the Okonomiyaki!

This month, I had an opportunity to take a trip to see some of Japan I had yet to travel to – Hiroshima, Iwakuni, and Miyajima. The weather was promising and I was eager to see some mountains and get out of the flat farming land in my prefecture. I didn’t know exactly what to…

Why Did Japan Join Forces With Germany During World War II?

After President Obama’s recent visit to Hiroshima, my heart was warmed to see how much Japan and America’s relationship has grown from bitter enemies to great friends. While there are, of course, hard-liners in both countries that try to continue fanning the flames of hatred, much of the wounds inflicted by histories greatest and most…

Have you ever Looked at the Atomic Bombings from a Different Perspective?

The use of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and in general, the policy of bombing civilian cities by all sides of the war, might rank as the absolute lowest point in the history of humanity. I have discussed my thoughts on the use of the atomic bombs before, but today I want to…

10 Awesome Japanese Heroes You Have Probably Never Heard of Yet

Japan is a land with a long ancient history. Throughout her generations, Japan has produced some incredible people. Hundreds of thousands of great people, and among them there are some truly awesome people. Some you will have heard of, but many you may not have. Here are 10 most epically awesome Japanese people you should…

Emergence of Japanese Animations: A Brief History

Animated television series in Japan began its productions in 1917 via trial-and-error drawing techniques using animated short films from France and the US. As the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 hit Japan, the anime industry had to start all over again from nothing. More struggles had to be overcome with respect to innovation, appearance and…

The Japanese Oskar Schindler: A Diplomat Who Saved Thousands of People

A Heroic Story of a Largely Unkown Japanese Hero Many people know Oskar Shindler from the incredible and moving Steven Speilberg directed Schindler’s List about an opportunistic businessman turned humanitarian who risks everything to save as many Jews as he can from Nazi death camps. While Oskar Schindler is internationally lauded as a hero, there…

Was the Dropping of the Atomic Bombs on Japan Evil?

Remembering the Past Last year I had the opportunity to visit Hiroshima. It is truly a beautiful city. I was also able to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, and museum. It was a very emotional and impactful time. As an American, could not help but feel somewhat guilty. I found myself wondering, “Was it evil?…

A Brief History of Tokyo

We all know Tokyo as the well of culture, entertainment, shopping and maybe a dash of craziness. While we gaze in amazement and enjoy the endless things we can do there to have fun, we also should dive into the fascinating past of one of the most famous cities in the world. 〜1869 Tokyo was…