Host Families Needed!

American Home Life International, a Christian international student exchange organization based in Lancaster, PA is looking for host families for a group of boys from Japan’s LaSalle Hakodate School. The students will be visiting the Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, PA from December 4 to 12. They are looking for host families ideally willing to take two or three boys per home. Overview: Attend  the host family orientation on Thursday, December 3 at 6:30pm at Cardinal O’Hara High School Provide dinner and breakfast each day and one packed lunch for your students … Continue reading →

Philadelphia’s Morikawa Honored


On November 3, Honorary Consul General of Japan in Philadelphia Dennis Morikawa received The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon – an honor bestowed by the Japanese government for his service to US-Japan relations. Mr. Morikawa, who serves as Senior Counsel at Mogan, Lewis & Bockius was recognized for both his legal service with Japanese nationals and Japanese Americans as well as his work with Japanese community groups. Morikawa is a board member of both the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia and the Japanese Association of Greater Philadelphia and played an instrumental … Continue reading →

AnimeUSA Wrap-up!


This year was my first time attending AnimeUSA, and I definitely had a blast! AnimeUSA is a much smaller con compared to what I’m used to – Otakon, AnimeBoston, and Katsucon have so many people that it’s much more difficult to find friends and meet up.  I really enjoyed the benefits that come from a smaller con – to name a few, shorter lines, less crowding, and a friendly, local-community vibe. Since it was Halloween weekend, not only the congoers were dressed up!  I was cosplaying Junko Enoshima from Dangan … Continue reading →

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival


Starting November 12, the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival will be showing independent films based on the lives and backgrounds of various Asian American Experiences. The festival is in its eighth year and is partnering with various venues around the city to bring the best viewing experience to the Philadelphia area. Among the films showing, there are a few that focus on Japanese Americans at different points in history. Changing Seasons is a feature documentary that chronicles a transitional year in the life of famed farmer, slow food advocate, and Sansei (3rd-generation) David … Continue reading →

Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人) Movie Review


Earlier this year, most people were suitably excited at the prospect of Attack on Titan being made into a live action movie. When the movie came out in August in Japan, however, we were all disheartened to hear the reviews. “Forget this movie not working as an Attack on Titan adaptation, it doesn’t even work as a movie. Period.” -Brian Ashcraft, Kotaku “As a casual fan of the anime I found it disappointing as both an adaptation and a movie in general.”-Rich, Tofugu “It would have been more fun to … Continue reading →