Phila-Nipponica: An Historic Guide to Philadelphia & Japan

Did you know that Benjamin Franklin has Japanese descendants? What about that the only Quaker school in Japan was founded by Philadelphia's long-standing Quaker community? Or how about that the tiny locomotive that kicked off Japan's legendary railway developments was built here in Philadelphia?

Philadelphia has always been central in American history. As one of the oldest cities in the nation, you can't throw a stone without hitting a spot where something important happened. Blue signs mark historic businesses and residences across Center City, showing a who's who of Founding Fathers among the city's preeminent early population. You may also be surprised to know that Philadelphia also has a long history with Japan and the Japanese people.

Wig Tutorial: Irene wig

I had a few questions asking how I made my Irene wig, so I thought I’d write up a guide as to how I did it. While it seemed fairly complicated, it was a lot easier then I thought it would be, my process was fairly easy, it was more time consuming then difficult. This guideline would work pretty well for anyone who would want to cosplay Jolyne, or anyone else with an odd bun style hairstyle.

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (Science Challenge 2015)

Last week, I was fortunate enough to learn about science and research at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) during the graduate school’s Science Challenge Program! 

There, I met the twenty one other undergraduates as well as master’s program students attending the program and together, we embarked on a weeklong journey of learning about OIST and graduate school life.    

Hold These Truths Coming Soon

Beginning February 12, Philadelphians will have a chance to watch a unique one-man show. Hold These Truths is the story of Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese-American, who challenged the US government policy of internment camps during World War II. Gordon embarks on a profound and wild adventure in defense of our Constitution, discovering his Quaker faith, hitchhiking to prison, and taking his fight all the way to the Supreme Court. Philadelphia-based actor Makoto Hirano gives voice to over thirty characters in a one-man tour-de-force performance


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