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Edna Mode
Edna Mode


People (and characters) who are half Japanese.

Jack Soo
Jack Soo


People of Japanese ancestry born, or living long-term, outside of Japan.

Bad News Bears Go To Japan
Bad News Bears Go To Japan

Gaijin in Japan[edit]

Non-Japanese in Japan.

Nihonjin in the West
Nihonjin in the West

Nihonjin in the West[edit]

Japanese born in Japan, often living outside of Japan, who have achievements associated with their time outside of Japan

Japanifornia Locations
Japanifornia Locations

Japanifornia Locations[edit]

Locations that exist in the Japanifornia Universe, from video game settings to fictional movie locations.

George Takei
George Takei

Nikkei who were Interned[edit]

Notable Japanese Americans who spent time in an American Internment Camp during WWII.

Helen Funai
Helen Funai

The 1970s[edit]

The Age of Independence: When kids roamed free, TV was on a strict schedule, and the music was on vinyl. I lived in the mid-west and found my movies on UHF channels, usually on Saturday afternoons.

Mr. Miyagi
Mr. Miyagi

The 1980s[edit]

The Cable Age: So many channels, so little that's good. We made mix tapes and bumped them in our Sony Walkman or car stereo. I was living in Baltimore or going to college in New York.

E. Honda
E. Honda

The 1990s[edit]

The Console Age: Alternative lifestyles, and the rise of the Digital Age. Our music was on CD, which you could buy new or used. We wore a lot of flannel and black jeans. I, myself, lived in San Franokyo.

Suggested Starting Points:

We tend to follow rabbit holes for Japanese and Japanese American character actors from the 70s and 80s.

Japanifornia Icons[edit]

  • Miyoshi Umeki the first Eastr-Asian actor to win an Academy Award for her role in Sayonara in 1957.
  • Larry Shinoda, a Japanese American car designer who designed the Chevrolet Corvette and the Ford Mustang.
  • Yuri Kochiyama an American Civil Rights activist who worked with Malcom X in Harlem.
  • Hiroshi Fujiwara, the Godfather of Streetwear from Japan, who collaborated with Tinker Hatfield and Mark Parker at Nike to produce the HTM sub-brand.
  • Steve Yano, who with Dr. Dre and Tony A. Da Wizard, produced and sold the Roadium Mixed Tapes at Roadium Swap Meet in Gardena, California in the early 1980s.
  • Wataru Misaka broke the color barrier in professional basketball when he played three games for the New York Knicks in 1947.
  • Sessue Hayakawa was a Japanese actor and matinee idol during the silent film era of the 1910s and early 1920s.
  • Sono Osato was a half Japanese dancer in the 30s, and later an activist and philanthropist.
  • Isamu Noguchi was a half Japanese sculptor and artists.
  • Rocky Aoki founder of Benihana, and incorrigible 60s and 70s philanderer.

ChatGPT Nikkei Top Ten[edit]

  • Yuri Kochiyama, 1921-2014, human rights activist
  • Michio Kaku, born in 1947, theoretical physicist and science communicator
  • Ellison Onizuka, 1946-1986, astronaut who died in the Challenger space shuttle disaster
  • Kristi Yamaguchi, born in 1971, Olympic gold medalist figure skater
  • Sab Shimono, born in 1943, actor and director
  • Fred Korematsu, 1919-2005, civil rights activist
  • Sessue Hayakawa, 1889-1973, actor and producer
  • Patsy Mink, 1927-2002, first woman of color elected to the U.S. Congress
  • Richard Aoki, 1938-2009, civil rights activist and member of the Black Panther Party
  • Steven Okazaki - documentary filmmaker who has won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject in 1991.