Book Signing with Being Japanese American Author Gil Asakawa


October 27, 2015 at Sakura Square: Join Gil Asakawa for a reading from his book Being Japanese American

Gil, a longtime Denver journalist and blogger, will read from and discuss the revised edition of his book, and sign copies. Books will be available from Pacific Mercantile, and a portion of the proceeds will go to Mile High JACL.

Free parking will be available for attendees in the Sakura Square parking lot. 

Contact Mile High JACL for more information at, or call Sakura Square at (303) 295-0305. 

When: October 27, 2015. 6:30pm

Where: Mezzanine Room at Sakura Square (1255 19th Street, Denver, CO 89202)

Fee: Free

Lively Conversation and Book Signing with Gil Asakawa


August 16th, 2015 at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose: Gil Asakawa is back with a new book and a special event, co-hosted by NT and JAMsj!

Being Japanese American is a fresh celebration of JA culture: facts, recipes, sons, words and memories everyone will want to share as well as explorations into Japanese pop culture like anime and J-pop with information on traveling to Japan and resources on the web.

Learn more about what it’s like ‘Being JA’!

Further information can be found online here.

When: August 16th, 2015. 11:30am – 2:30 pm

Where: Japanese American Museum of San Jose (535 North Fifth Street, San Jose, CA 95112)

Fee: RSVP required. $5 for non-members, $3 for seniors and students, free for members and children under 12

* To RSVP, email or call (408) 294-3138

Book Signing with Gil Asakawa


August 15th, 2015 at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center: Pacific Citizen contributor Gil Asakawa has published a book "Being Japanese American: A JA Sourcebook For Nikkei, Hapa... & Their Friends."

This fun and entertaining sourcebook is a celebration of Japanese American history and heritage. While detailing favorite foods, customs, words, games and holidays, it explores the painful history of immigration and WWII Internment, with suggestions for connecting to your Japanese American community and passing on traditions across generations and into intermarried families.

This revised edition has fresh interviews with Japanese Americans about their life experiences and explores contemporary Japanese pop culture like anime and j-pop, with information on traveling to Japan with resources on the Web.

Further information can be found online here.

When: August 15th, 2015. 1:30pm

Where: Japanese Cultural & Community Center (1840 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94115)

Fee: Free

Here Comes the Sun: A Journey to Adoption in 8 Chakras


August 6th, 2015 at the Napa Bookmine: At thirty, Californian Leza Lowitz is single and traveling the world, which suits her just fine. Coming of age in Berkeley, California, during the sexual and feminist revolutions of the 1970s, she learned that marriage and family could wait. Or could they?

When Leza moves to Japan and meets the man of her dreams, her heart opens in ways she never thought possible. But she's still an outsider, and home is far away. Rather than struggle to fit in, she opens a yoga studio and makes a home for others.

Then, at forty-four, Leza and her Japanese husband seek to adopt—in a country where bloodlines are paramount and family ties are almost feudal in their cultural importance. She travels to India to work on herself and back to California to deal with her past. Something is still not complete until she learns that when you give a little love to a child, you get the whole world in return.

This inspiring memoir reflects the author's deep connection to yoga that allows her to realize that infertile does not mean inconceivable. Through teaching, meditation, and community, she transcends her struggles and embraces the joys of adoption and motherhood. Join Leza at the Napa Bookmine to discuss her incredible journey.

Further information can be found online here.

When: August 6th, 2015. 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Napa Bookmine (964 Pearl St, Napa, CA 94559)

Fee: Free

Haiku Across Borders: From Japan to the United States . . . and Back Again?


June 22th, 2015 at the Commonwealth Club:  How has haiku been understood – and misunderstood – as it made its way from Japan to America? How is haiku being written in Japan and America today and what can those two countries learn from each other? Stone Bridge Press author Abigail Friedman is a haiku poet and former diplomat posted at the U.S. Embassy in Japan. She won first prize at the Mainichi International Haiku Contest in Japan in 2014. Firmly planted in the worlds of haiku in Japan and North America, she will share her unique perspective.

When: June 22th, 2015. 5:30 pm (networking reception), 6:00 pm (program), 7:00 pm (book signing)

Where: Commonwealth Club (555 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102)

Fee: $20.00 (non-member), free (member), $7.00 (student with ID)

Tickets and further information can be found online here.  

* Japan Society members can use code “specialjapansociety” to receive $12 off the $20 nonmember price.

Transformations: Haiku from Japan to the U.S. . . . and Back Again?


June 20th, 2015 at the Asian Art Museum: This talk, featuring Stone Bridge Press author Abigail Friedman, will focus on how the traditional Japanese art of haiku has been understood – and misunderstood – as it made its way from Japan to America, and how haiku is being written today. Join the Asian Art Museum for a discussion with this award-winning poet and author as she shares her perspective on the transformation of haiku from one culture to another.

When: June 20th, 2015. 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Where: Asian Art Museum (200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102)

Fee: $15 Society members, $20 non-members (excluding Museum admission)

Tickets and further information can be found online here.

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