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By DAN CONNOLLY and DAN CONNOLLY,Sun Reporter | April 29, 2007
It started in 1995 when Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo proved a Japanese pitcher could succeed in the major leagues. Ichiro Suzuki eventually followed, and showed that a Japanese slap hitter can dominate here. Then came Hideki Matsui, who demonstrated that the Japanese can hit for power and drive in runs, too. And this year major league baseball has been smacked upside the noggin by Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka and his multitude of pitches and arm angles. A dozen years after the advent of Nomomania, the debate has ended.
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NEWS
February 3, 2008
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By Lan Nguyen and Lan Nguyen,Sun Staff Writer | May 2, 1994
Worthington Elementary School students who are studying about Japan are getting first-hand lessons.Yuriko Yamaguchi, a 28-year-old teacher and native of Japan, is at the Ellicott City school to teach third-graders about Japanese life and culture as they learn about her country through a social studies unit.Miss Yamaguchi arrived in the United States two weeks ago as part of a Japanese-American exchange program. She will teach at the school for nine months."I'm here to teach children in America about the real Japan and Japanese heart," says Miss Yamaguchi, a petite, enthusiastic woman with shoulder-length hair and a pleasant smile.
FEATURES
By Sandra Crockett and Sandra Crockett,SUN STAFF | November 11, 1999
By the time they got to perform at Japan's Minato Mirai Hall, 13 students from the St. Paul School for Girls had already danced around a host of cultural barriers.There was the language, the food, the time difference. But thanks to a crash course in Japanese, some flexibility and a lot of spunk, the trip was mostly a waltz.The girls went to Yokohama, Japan, on Oct. 20 to dance in the Minato Mirai Hall as part of a sister-school exchange program between St. Paul and Suiryo High School there.
NEWS
By Kathy Curtis and Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 22, 1997
EXOTIC STRAINS of Japanese music filled the air at Longfellow Elementary School last week as Shizumi, a Japanese-born choreographer and dancer, visited the school."
FEATURES
By New York Times News Service | September 25, 1994
Q: Do you know of any firms that offer small group tours to Japan to historic, artistic and cultural sites?A: Organizing small group tours to Japan is a specialized field with only a relative handful of full-time practitioners and a correspondingly small number of programs. A tour, say, to tea-ceremony centers might take two years to set up and, because of its generally limited appeal, might be repeated only every five years.The following companies have wide experience in the field:The North Group, 2250 Broadway, No. 20B, New York, N.Y. 10024, (212)
FEATURES
By Linda Lowe Morris | November 24, 1991
Easton -- Here along the banks of the Miles River, a house sits quietly apart. It is named for a haiku and patterned after geese in flight, and for its owners, it is a dream fulfilled: a house that draws its design from the traditional Japanese teahouse.The owners are a retired couple (who do not wish to be identified). The husband is a retired Marine colonel who spent several years stationed in Japan and during this time he was captivated by the teahouse."The teahouse architecture evolved out of the tea ceremony where the Japanese celebrate purity, refinement and withdrawal from material concerns," says Wayne Good, the Annapolis architect who designed the house.
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By Ellen Uzelac and Ellen Uzelac,Sun Staff Correspondent | October 13, 1991
SALEM, W.Va. -- When the annual apple butter festival opens in this tiny Appalachian town today, revelers will find many familiar standbys: an apple pie bake-off, a quilt show and a contest for the longest squirrel tail.But after the clogging exhibition and just before the greased pig contest, they will encounter two new entries that have nothing to do with the traditions of the community and everything to do with its future: displays of origami and demonstrations of Japanese martial arts.
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By KATIE MARTIN and KATIE MARTIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 16, 2006
Sitting with classmates around a grill at the Sakura Japanese Steak House, Mackenzie Wiedecker and Caitie Boles watched as a chef prepared their lunch on the grill in front of them. They said they were excited to use chopsticks to eat the rice, vegetables, chicken and steak the chef was cooking. The two seventh-graders had walked the short distance from West Middle School to the Westminster restaurant as part of a class field trip. The pupils had been learning about Japan, and the trip was designed to give them a first-hand look at aspects of Japanese art, architecture, culture - and food.
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By Jody K. Vilschick and Jody K. Vilschick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 10, 2002
Hanamura Japanese Restaurant acts as a goodwill ambassador to acquaint American diners with traditional Japanese cuisine and culture. "Kohn bann wah," or "good evening," the menu greets. "We decided to open in Columbia because it is a beautiful place," said Mandy On, who manages the restaurant. "It's very pretty, very quiet." According to On, the restaurant's name means "flower village." "The owner, who is from Japan, wanted to find a name that matches the Columbia setting but that also reminded him of Japan," she said.
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