Japanese

Shinto
8:06 am
Tue October 8, 2013

What's So Special About This Shinto Shrine? The Priest Isn't Japanese, But That's Not All

The Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America is the only Shinto shrine on the U.S. mainland. There are seven shrines on the Hawaiian Islands. Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America is located in Granite Falls, Washington.
Sueann Ramella NWPR

Off Crooked Mile Road in Granite Falls, Washington stands a giant wooden Torii. This Japanese arch marks the entrance to the only Shinto shrine on mainland U.S. soil: the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America. It’s serene here cedar trees rising up along the banks of the Pilchuck River.

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Book Reviews
4:03 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Myths, Legends And Too Much Exposition In 'Goddess Chronicle'

At its best, Natsuo Kirino's The Goddess Chronicle is a dark and lovely feminist retelling of the Japanese creation myth. At worst, it's a stiff, repetitive exercise in telling, not showing.

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World War II Flag
5:55 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Washington Veteran Having Difficulty Repatriating Captured War Flag

Close-up of "good luck flag," known as hinomaru yosegaki in Japanese.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Wednesday will mark the 67th anniversary of the Japanese surrender to end World War Two. With each passing anniversary, there are fewer and fewer living witnesses to the event. Correspondent Tom Banse reports time is also running low for an aging U.S. Marine veteran who wants to return a captured Japanese war flag.

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Tsunami Debris Cleanup
5:59 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Hundreds Turn Out To Clean Up Coastal Beaches

Beach cleanup volunteers found this refrigerator with Japanese labels on July 5.
Photo by Shelly Pollock

More than 700 volunteers turned out Thursday to help pick up litter and flotsam on the Oregon and southwest Washington coasts. Volunteers were on alert for debris from last year's tsunami in Japan. There were some possible new finds on Long Beach, Washington. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

The fifth of July is a traditional beach cleanup day in Manzanita and Seaside, Oregon and on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula. The coordinator of Manzanita's cleanup estimates the three dump truck loads hauled away were "99 percent fireworks" related.

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Japanese Dock
6:43 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Tsunami Debris Dock Gets Scrubdown, Attracts Onlookers

A giant piece of Japanese tsunami debris on the Oregon coast is now scraped free of what marine biologists worried were invasive species. The floating dock landed on the beach near Newport this week. Park rangers and volunteers worked quickly [today] Thursday to remove seaweed, mussels and barnacles, some of which are found only in Japanese waters. Meanwhile, the massive hulk has attracted hundreds of onlookers. Correspondent Tom Banse spoke with O.J Cortez of Reedsport.

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