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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Moving to

I've been planning to move my blog to my own domain.. .

And I finally managed to have time to do so.

From now on, I'll post the new article on


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Maid Art gallery Live Streaming

"Aftershock LA" Live Streaming

A YokosoNews DadaMoré Live Stream

*** DadaMoré [dada-mawle] = no fancy editing. We just show you everything uncut!

About this program

YokosoNews is going to live-stream the event "Aftershock LA".
This is a very last-minutes on-the-fly program. So don't expect us to be perfect :-p
"Aftershock LA" is a charity art event presented by Elemental Productions and Royal/T for Build Change, an international NPO to help re-build the community devasted by earthquakes.
Royal/T is a Japanese style cosplay cafe and art gallery located in Culver City, CA, USA. And many Japanese & Japanese American, Asian American and the other artists are donating their work for this benefit auction.
Although it's not 100% Japan-related event, many Japanese artists are involved. So it would be a very good opportunity to showcase Japanese art community in Los Angeles.

Live Streaming Detail

Since we decided to do this live streaming show a day before, we don't really know what we are going to broadcast. It's all about improvisation~.

Date & Time

Japan Time
Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 11:30am ~ 2:30pm
Los Angeles Time (Pacific Standard Time)
Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 7:30pm ~ 10:00pm

Where to watch

What we are planning for now

Introduce artist and their work
Interview with people
Live streaming the various performance (as long as we have permission)
* To be honest, I don't know how it's going to turn out.


Event Detail

If you are close to downtown Culver City, you can come and enjoy the art, dance, music and fun. We will bring art, dance and entertainment, learn about earthquake, and help. And don't forget to be on our live streaming show!

Date & Time

Japan Time
Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 11:30am ~ 3:30pm
Los Angeles Time (Pacific Standard Time)
Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 7:30pm ~ 11:30pm



8910 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232-2326
(310) 559-6300


$25 at door

The plans

Charity Auction Featuring 92 artists and over 100 worls of art [ Preview ]
Oranized by CAFEMODE
curated by Kio Griffith
with curatorial assistance by Judith Kyvik + Bill Farroux
Music by DJ KING WO
ROSALBA & THE ZAHIRA BELLY DANCERS - Belly dancing show & lessons
THE URBAN CRAFT CENTER - Free crafting area - Crafting supplies & kits for sale
Earthquake media presentation - Earthquake safety tips & supplies
Jenga, Legos, cards & more
For more information about AFTERSHOCK LA, please visit

About Organizers

about ROYAL/T

Royal/T is a playful collision of spaces: café/shop/art space presented in stunning fusion. An eclectic mix of retail and contemporary art reimagined in the surrounds of LA's first Japanese-style cosplay café.


Elemental Productions is a production company dedicated to ethnographic documentaries focusing on the relationship between culture, psychology and personal experience in Indonesia and the United States.


CAFEMODE creates art and music exhibitions in alternative spaces. If you're interested in finding more about CAFEMODE, please contact Kio Griffith at info [at] or call

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The 1st Japanese Curry Rice Cooking Contest (in LA)

How to make delicious Japanese curry rice

A YokosoNews DadaMoré Live Stream

*** DadaMoré [dada-mawle] = no fancy editing. We just show you everything uncut!
Thank you very much. We finished this program without any problem.

Recorded Video

About The 1st Japanese Curry Cooking Contest

Japanese curry is the one of the best Japanese food. Katz (Editor of YokosoNews) must eat it once a week!
If you are interested in Japanese food, you must know about Japanese curry rice. Because there are more and more Japanese food products available outside Japan. You can now cook Japanese curry rice easier than ever! So we decided to broadcast live how to cook Japanese curry outside Japan!
Although cooking Japanese curry rice is easy if you use pre-made curry paste, ten (10) people make 10 (ten) different styles of home-made curry rice. It's fun to taste and talk about how people cook curry their own way. Because it's easy to make, you can arrange millions of ways. Japanese curry has gained the zen of Japanese food.
If you live in Los Angeles (around West LA), and you want to show your curry rice skill, pleasecontact YokosoNews!
And, even if you cannot join us in LA, you can still comment via Facebook or Twitter from this page!

Photo Gallery on Facebook

Giveaways! Giveaways!

OK. We just bought ALL kinds of Japanese curry paste from Mitsuwa Marketplace.
I bought it to show you various kinds of curry paste.
It looks very sexy and sarisfying. But I don't think we are going to use them all. So I decided to:

Contest Winner Will Receive The Rest of Curry Pastes!

Tonight's contest winner will receive the rest of curry paste that I didn't use.
Katz won!
(wait... I bought these... it doesn't make sense... hmmm)

The US Viewer Have A Chance To Win

5 different Instant Microwave Curries!

The viewer who liked our YokosoNews facebook page, or follow YokosoNews on Twitter and leave a comment on Ustream will have a chance to win these instant curries!
I will tell how you can win the curry during the show.
@doraerinko won the sweepstake! Congratulations!

Dates and Schedule

Date & Time

5/8 (Sat) 10am~ (Japan Standard Time)
5/7 (Fri) 6pm~ (Pacific Standard Time)


At an apartment somewhere in West LA


1. Start cooking
2. Talk
3. Cook
4. Finish cooking
5. Contestant show up to the apartment
6. Eat & Judge

Where to watch

* This will be broadcasted real-time
* Due to some network difficulty, we may not be able to broadcast
* We may spend too much time shopping foods, so any kinds of interruption can happen.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

No-Holds-Barred! Japanese actors in Hollywood on Ustream

Please distribute!

No-Holds-Barred! Japanese actors in Hollywood on Ustream


1st Session English
4/23 (Fri) 7pm - (Pacific Standard Time)
4/24 (Sat) 11am - (Japan Standard Time)

2nd Session - Japanese
4/23 (Fri) 8pm - (Pacific Standard Time)
4/24 (Sat) 12pm - (Japan Standard Time)

* Date/Time is subject to change
* We may have to cancel the program due to network issue


Japanese actors in Hollywood will gather to talk about their unheard experience in Los Angeles.

This is our last minites program.

When I was covering Japan Film Festival Los Angeles 2010, I met many Japanese actors on-site. And I was able to meet some of them as well.

Although I've lived in LA for about 7 years, I've never really worked with Japanese actors. And I also had a question how they are doing in LA.

If I am wondering about how they are doing in LA, I'm sure many people would wonder how they are doing.... so I decided to call a couple people, and decided to do a Ustream program about their lives.


Let's have them talk about their honest experienece!

This program will be divided into two (2) 1-hour sessions.

The 1st part will be in English.
The 2nd part will be in Japanese.


Yoshi Ando

Born and raised in Yokohama Japan, Yoshi has always loved and influenced by films and intrigued especially by epic, thriller and drama...a story which enriches, empowers and nourishes us as a human being. Moved to Los Angeles weeks after 9/11, Yoshi soon joined actor's unions. Inspired by Daniel Day-Lewis and Mifune Toshiro, he had been honing his craft making his strong impressions to his numerous lead roles in independent films and an Oscar-nominated film, Letters from Iwo Jima by Clint Eastwood. His voice can be heard on The Pacific (HBO), Babel, Fast and furious Tokyo, etc.

Yoshi is the start-up member of a Japanese language theatre group, Arigato Kai, the very first of its kind in US.

His agencies include: RPM (film, TV), CESD (CM), TAG (Print), ABRAMS ARTISTS(VO, Hosting)

Yutaka Takeuchi

Born and raised in Gifu, Japan, Yutaka Takeuchi started by an inspiring speech Will Smith had given on the Art of Acting. Then, he worked non-stop and saving up money to take upon himself the challenge of pursuing an acting career in LA. He landed his first role in a major film, "The Last Samurai', shortly after arriving on American shores in Mar of 2000.

He was, then, guest starred "Grey's Anatomy", featured in "Letters from Iwo Jima". He also appeared in a number of music video including "Rain Falls Down of Rolling Stones, "Flash Dance" of Deep Fish, as well as TV commercial including IBM, Six Flags, and KFC

Kayako Takatsuna

Kaya started her acting career during her university as well as dancing. Her performance includes "Carmen" (Toho Musicial), "Chikyu Georgous Carte" (Nissei Theatre).

In 2004, she moved to the US and enrolled Stella Adle Acting School. Since school, she was involved many films including "White On Rice" (directed by Dave Boyle) which was premiered in last March in Japan.

Also Kaya is contemporary Calligraphy artist. Her exhition will be held in June Downtown LA.

Yuu Asakura

Born and raised in Japan, she moved to Hollywood in 2001 to pursue her career in entertainment world.  Trained in theater and dance, she started with numerous small projects: stages to films, comedy to drama, Japanese to English - and now moving onto bigger projects.

Her credits include films (Bedtime Story, Love Talk, Balls of Fury), TV (Passions, Weeds promo, Identity), CM (Honda, San Pellegrino), theater (Hereandnow Theater Company, Lizard Theater), and she is one of the main models for Koi brand.

Currently she is a member of Polynesian Paradise Dancers.  Having B.A. in linguistics and literature, she also works as a translator in production companies and appears as an on-line Japanese teacher in

Hiroshi Nakajima

Hiroshi Nakajima was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. During his childhood, numerous weekend trips to the theater with his father to watch Hollywood movies inspired Hiroshi to eventually write his own story at the mere age of 11.

He later graduated in 2003 from San Francisco State University with a degree in Cinema. Hiroshi soon joined a local San Francisco film production company as a screenwriter. He continued to pen feature length screenplays, which received critical acclaim at various screenplay festivals and competitions.

In 2006, Hiroshi moved to Los Angeles to direct a short film, “Lily (Short Film)”. The film won and nominated for best short film awards at numerous film festivals around the world. In 2008, Hiroshi shot his first theatrical feature directorial debut, “Lily”, which is based on the awards-winning short film that he has directed in 2007. The feature film “Lily” will be released in summer 2010. ( )


Watch us on

* You can communicate with the guests via Twitter and Facebook!

Don't miss this either if you can understand Japanese!


About JapanExp

JapanExp is a new social media which concepts are "Express, Explorer and Export Japan". We are looking for anybody who are interesting in getting involved in anyways - writing article, being a host, contribute new technology for the site.

Although I said anybody can get involved to YokosoNews contributing articles, we just launched in April, 2010. So we don't have much to present the contents yet. Sorry~.

If you are interested, please sign-upbecome a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. We are broadcasting how we will be running JapanExp on Ustream!

About YokosoNews

YokosoNews is one of JapanExp projects. YokosoNews will be focusing on travel, culture, lifestyle and entertainment about Japan.


Japanese Media in the US ( program) on Ustream

* This program will be broadcast in Japanese.


4/26 (Mon) 9:30pm - (Pacific Standard Time)
4/27 (Tue) 1:30pm - (Japan Standard Time)



Ex-Japanese newspaper reporter, the US producer of Nico-nicko Doga will join JapanExp.Org to discuss media in the US.

* This program will be in Japanese.


- Anne Keehn

Half Japanese, and half American freelance journalist. After graduating US Berkeley majoring in Journalism, she has worked in several publication including Mainichi Shimbun & Swimdle Magazines.

She is not working as freelance journalist & blogger.

- Satomi Imai

A US producer of Nico-Nico Doga. She produced a several live shows such as Toyota Senate Hearing in Feb, the Space Shuttle launch of Japanese Female Astronauts Yamasaki.


Also don't miss this

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Launch of YokosoNews this weekend!? (I hope...)

I'm going to partially launch YokosoNews web site, a JapanExp project this weekend (I hope)...

JapanExp is the social media that anybody can join and anybody can contribute.

We just filmed introductory video.
I hope to update the video very soon.

And the first memorial covera of YokosoNews will be....

Japan Film Festival Los Angeles 2010!


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Softbank did it again - Free Ustream Studio, and Free WiFi spots

One of the Japanese cell-phone cariors, Softbank is known for foreigner-friendly carrior.

With its innovative mind set is somewhat similar to that of Apple.

Today, they did it again.

Softbank gained the Japan's most friendly cell phone company in Japan among Twitter users.

From one tweet from Japanese Twitter user to Softbank CEO, Masatoshi Son, Softbank decided to open its company building and invited 2,000 guests to show around the company building.

And, one Japanese twitter suggested him to set-up a Ustream studio because Softbank announced to acquire a portion of Ustream share. Son replied immediately that he would do it.

1.5 months later, Softbank built a Ustream studio, and Son said he would open the Ustream Studio to anybody for FREE (although you need to apply for the time, of course.)

And without a doubt, today's event was broadcasted via Ustream, and more than 10,000 viewers witnessed this innovative communication of Softbank.

At the keynote speech, Son admit that Softbank cell network connectivity is a bit worse than other carriors. Whereas other carriors has 99% of connectivity, Softbank ONLY has 98%.

So he came up with three plans today.

Softbank's Connectivity Improvement Plans

1. Double the number cell-towers within a year

Son announced that they will double the cell towers so that indoor or underground would have better connectivity.

Softbank will create a Twitter account where users can report the connection problem.

2. Provide micro cell-tower to all household for FREE of charge

If you live in a remote area, and don't get the reception at home. Softbank announced to provide DSL-based cell tower to ALL household for free of charge (unless you need to dig a hole.) And if you do not have ADSL internet, Softbank will also provide ADSL like for FREE!

They will start accepting application on May 10. Since you are setting up a cell-tower, the paperwork would take more than 1 month to process.

Man... I've never heard of American cell phone carriors offer that... I didn't get a good AT&T reception in my West LA apartment.

3. Provide micro cell-tower & WiFi to all businesses (cafe, salon, restaurant) for FREE of charge.

The above service also applied to all small businesses (cafe, salon, restaurant etc). Softbank will provide FREE micro-cell tower as well as FREE WiFi spot for iPhone users (I think they will limit the free use of WiFi only to iPhone or smart phone users).

2. Three Ustrem Studios Open to All Users For FREE

Another announcement is three Ustream Studios.

Softbank just launched the Ustream studio in the company's cafeteria of their headquater building in Shiodome, Tokyo.

And they will install a Ustream studio at Softbank store in Shibuya, and some Karaoke store in Shibuya.

The people would need to make an appointment (I bet this will be hard to make). But they will be able to use Softbank's equipment to broadcast their own program for free.

At their Softbank's headquater Ustream Studio, they will have a talk-program style studio, and DJ booth studio.... It looked like they also have Rolland's video switcher and it would be a multi-camera studios.

Oh man.... Softbank is letting people use such a facility for free?


As a exclusive iPhone carrior, the keynote of Son suggested the Apple style without a doubt.

It was very exiciting and history moment among communication industry.

Japanese News Resource:



Monday, March 15, 2010

The rise of "Media 2.5"

As a journalist and editor of a several publications, I can no longer ignore the trend of this social media movement.

Previously, we had a clear distinction between mass media and personal blog media.

However, Twitter, Ustream and YouTube shortened the gap between "mass" and "personal".

This is not the viral marketing.

Viral marketing is initialted by individuals.

When you pay attention to Twitter's timeline, I could say that 1/3 to 1/5 of Twitter's discussion is based on what mass media talks about.

So if all of mass media disappeared from this world, Twitter would become 1/3 to 1/5 less interesting.

I think it's time to restructure the style of media..

And I shall call this "Media 2.5"

The rise of "Media (2.5)"

Traditionally, we only had mass media. Newspaper, Radio, and TV.

Even before the Internet, people start doing independent press, and create a small scale distribution. But especially since the Internet era, personal publishing became more accessible.

But mass media and personal media still had a clear distinction between.

People go to newspaper's web site, and they just write about it on their web site.

Blog was still blog. You only talk about your personal opinion.

However, "API" (such as Facebook Connect, or Open ID) changed everything.

You can now log-in to any service using Facebook ID or Twitter account. (You can log-in to The Huffinton Post web site using Facebook).

Why is this the innovation?

Because this OpenID system is removing the boundry between mass media and personal media.

You can upload a video onto YouTube. But U2 is also using YouTube to showcase their live concert under the same umbrella. And users can now share the information via Twitter.

Traditionally, both news site and personal blog took long time to write an article. So it was not quick enough.

However, Twitter enable you to report something really quick. Yet, 140-word is not the long enough.

Therefore, the combination of Twitter, blog, and mass media would be the key players of next media.

The characterstics of new trends would be

  • Combination of Timely, Personal and In-depth
    • Timely = Twitter
    • Personal = Blog
    • In-depth = Mass media
  • Each of media will associate each other


  • Mass media (1) +
  • personal involvement (1) +
  • association (0.5)
    • = Mext Media (2.5)
I believe that we live in an excitement moment.

Well... we'll see