Pokémon Go – Initial Thoughts


It’s been two days since Pokémon Go took the world by storm, and my Facebook feed is still flooded by people posting about it.  For those of you who have been living under a rock, Pokémon Go is the new augmented reality game produced by Niantic and Nintendo.  As a pretty active toad in Ingress, I’ve been looking forward to this game for a long time. Pokémon Go uses GPS to determine a trainer’s location.  As a player walks around, they’ll randomly encounter Pokémon that they can catch.  Instead of … Continue reading →

JASGP & Shofuso Are Merging!

Merger of two local Japanese organizations will elevate Japanese arts, business and culture in Philadelphia region Philadelphia – July 1, 2016 – Japanese arts, business, and culture in Philadelphia, with deep roots dating from an 1860 visit by the first Japanese diplomatic delegation, will have a new, more effective champion to embody the story of friendship between Japan and Philadelphia. Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia will merge with the stewards of Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, the Friends of the Japanese House and Garden (FJHG), as of July 1, 2016. … Continue reading →

Gyu-Kaku Graduation Special


Fans of grilled meat and graduates now have something to celebrate together! JASGP Restaurant Member Gyu-Kaku Philadelphia is holding a Graduation Special from Tuesday, May 10 to Thursday, June 23. Proud parents, bring your children; graduates, bring your classmates! This one-person deal costs $19.99 and comes with fried chicken karaage, salad, sukiyaki bibimbap, and toro beef, plus a drink. It makes us wish we were students all over again! … Continue reading →

Lady Snowblood at International House

Lady Snowblood

This Saturday, International House Philadelphia will be showing screenings of classic vengeance films Lady Snowblood and Lady Snowblood 2. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the links below. Lady Snowblood Saturday, May 14th at 5:00pm Gory revenge is raised to the level of visual poetry in Toshiya Fujita’s stunning Lady Snowblood. A major inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill saga, this endlessly inventive film, set in late nineteenth-century Japan, charts the single-minded path of vengeance taken by a young woman (Meiko Kaji) whose parents were the unfortunate victims … Continue reading →