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We catalog artifacts from the greater Japanfornia cultural diaspora. For the most part we are most interested in things originating in either Japan or California and make appearances in the other area of the country.

Honestly, it's mainly a wiki for stuff that we find Japanesey, Cool Japan, Nikkei AF like Japanese Comic Book Characters and Japanese in American Pop Culture.

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

Japanifornia Icons

  • 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

  • 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.


Edna Mode
Edna Mode

People who are half Japanese.


Jack Soo
Jack Soo

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

Gaijin in Japan

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

Non-Japanese in Japan.

Nihonjin in the West

Nihonjin in the West
Nihonjin in the West

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

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

Nikkei who were Interned

George Takei
George Takei

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

The 1970s

Helen Funai
Helen Funai

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.

The 1980s

Mr. Miyagi
Mr. Miyagi

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.

The 1990s

E. Honda
E. Honda

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.

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