1. bootleg Jabbowokee #saigonelectric

  2. People crowd into a Chase Bank ATM kiosk to charge phones and laptops at 40th Street and 3rd Avenue, one block north of where power has gone out, on Wednesday, in New York City. “This is the modern campfire,” one man said.

  3. Frances Hashimoto’s LA Times Obituary

    Frances Hashimoto, one of Little Tokyo’s most influential business leader who fought to preserve the neighborhood’s Japanese cultural traditions and who invented the popular fusion dessert known as mochi ice cream, died of lung cancer Sunday at her Pasadena home. She was 69.

    Hashimoto was the feisty, visionary president of Mikawaya, the 102-year-old, three-g

    eneration family business selling traditional Japanese sweet pastries and snacks. At the urging of her widowed mother, she left teaching and took over the family business at age 27, vastly expanding its reach from a single shop in Little Tokyo to four retail stores in Southern California.

    And she put her most famous invention — an ice cream ball in seven flavors covered in soft, sweet rice cake — into such mainstream markets as Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Albertsons and Ralphs.

    Despite her business success, it was her leadership on myriad community organizations that made the biggest mark on Little Tokyo as it struggled through economic downturns and rapid demographic changes transforming the historic heart of Southern California’s Japanese American community.

    Over four decades, Hashimoto served on the Little Tokyo Business Assn., Nisei Week Foundation, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center and various advisory committees overseeing the neighborhood’s redevelopment and transportation projects. Those who worked with her said she was unstintingly generous with financial contributions and donated platters of her sweet rice cakes, baked chestnut buns and other traditional desserts for community events.

    “She is a historic and iconic figure,” said L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry, a close friend who worked with her on several Little Tokyo projects. “She worked very hard to protect the history, integrity and identity of Little Tokyo as the largest Japantown in California.”

    Hashimoto fought to continue the community’s annual Nisei Week festival despite diminishing attendance, in large part because she strongly believed that younger Japanese Americans needed to connect with their heritage, according to Ellen Endo, former editor of the Rafu Shimpo, the Japanese American community newspaper.

    Hashimoto also passionately promoted her culture. Perry said, for instance, that Hashimoto taught her Japanese folk dances at community festivals. And she made a point to welcome new non-Japanese merchants to Little Tokyo with gentle reminders to respect the neighborhood’s cultural heritage, said the Rev. Noriaki Ito of Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple.

    As an advisory board member to the city’s former redevelopment agency, Hashimoto “had a hand in everything they did in Little Tokyo — housing projects, security patrols, signage,” said Bill Watanabe, the Little Tokyo Service Center’s recently retired executive director.

    The bilingual Hashimoto also promoted the sister-city relationship between Los Angeles and Nagoya, bringing the Nisei Week queen and princesses to the Japanese city every year. This spring, the Japanese government honored her with its prestigious decoration, the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays.

    “She’s probably made as big of a difference as anyone I can think of in Little Tokyo,” Ito said.

    Hashimoto was born Aug. 26, 1943, in a World War II internment camp in Poston, Ariz. She grew up in Boyle Heights and graduated from USC. Endo, who attended Hollenbeck Middle School with her, recalled Hashimoto was a strong-willed risk taker even then — flouting school rules to wear long, painted nails.

    She had been teaching for four years when her mother appealed to her to help run the family business in 1970.

    “I was teaching third grade, and my mother wanted me to give it up,” she said in a 1978 interview with The Times. “It took me six months to decide, but what do you do with a business your family has had for 50 years?”

    This month, Hashimoto’s contributions will be memorialized when the plaza at 2nd and Azusa streets in Little Tokyo is renamed for her. The motion for the Frances Hashimoto Plaza was introduced by Perry and approved by the City Council in September.

    Hashimoto is survived by her husband, Joel Friedman; and two sons, Bryan Koji and Ryan Koroku Hashimoto-Friedman, and her sister, June Sachiko Osugi.

    A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Japan America Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St.


    Hashimoto died of lung cancer on Sunday at her Pasadena home, her husband, Joel Friedman, said Wednesday.

    “She was an angel on earth,” he said. “She always gave and gave and gave to the Japanese community.”

    Hashimoto was born in a World War II internment camp in Poston, Ariz.

    In 1970, she took over Mikawaya, a confectionary business operated by her family in downtown’s Little Tokyo area since 1910.

    Under her direction, the business expanded from a single shop into a $13 million-a-year business.

  5. rockets seats empty compared to okc for harden and sellouts in ny for lin. houston fan FAIL lol

  6. tony toka:

    We are proud to announce we will be World Premiering our short film “Act Three” at a Premiere Party we’ve created to raise funding for our film. We will also be presenting a special dinner featuring a Live Body Sushi (Nyotaimori) Art Gallery created by Sushi Artist Vu Nguyen. We have created a Kickstarter website alongside with the event to raise funding for the film. Our entire crew and cast will be present and you’ll be able to mingle and tingle with some of OC and LA’s most talented artists & filmmakers.

    Please Check out our story and kickstarter here

    And here is a taste of the Body Sushi Presentation

  7. Anh Oi
    It is our passion to create meaningful designs with beautiful models wearing our apparel. It’s not a secret that we use Photoshop to retouch and tweak these images, in fact it’s the nature of the industry. However, we must remind ourselves that we also have the greater responsibility of a creating a healthy body image for all the young women out there. This positive self-image is part of ANH OI’s fundamental mission of creating a stronger community. True beauty is when we can love ourselves for who we are…flaws and all. LIKE if you support our mission ♥ — with Kim Do and Kim Do.

  8. Chriselle Inc.
    Me as a VS Angel…for a split second!! haha!! click click on link to see more Victoria’s Secret pix from the show!

  9. Anh Oi
    What do you think…Super Hero or next ANH OI model? Place your vote now! — with Chau B. Tran.

  10. Christine Ko 葛曉潔
    On set of filming Sportsbuddyz 🙂

  11. Entertainment Earth, Inc.
    Eh- Sexy Lady, Oppa is Gangnam style!

    Photography by Andy Blake Photography
    dress by Black Milk Clothing
    😀 — with Wolf Speed.

  13. Helping Janet Find Her Perfect Match
    Grace (right) is the younger sister of Team Janet member Emily (left). Grace registered to be a bone marrow donor after learning about Janet’s condition in December 2011. Almost a year later, Grace is donating her bone marrow today for an 8 year old boy. Janet’s legacy lives on.

  14. Cung Le
    UFC Media Tour — at Macau, China.

  15. #bond, #skyfall, #lincoln #funny

  16. #hellokitty

  17. #carpicthursdays

  18. #blacklace

  19. Bao Han
    i’ve been often told that i am pretty down to earth for a public figure. sometimes even more humble than those people who have yet to build up their name. these are my theories:
    1. treat people with respect cause you never know whe

    re you’ll end up in life.
    2. the true side of each one of us will eventually shine through so might as well be honest
    3. there is NO reason to be rude
    so for all the lil divas and divos out there: Get real!!!

  20. Moca Nyc 


    We are accepting November entries for our ‘If I Were a Superhero’ drawing contest. We post your drawing (of your Superhero alterego) on our Tumblr site and will pick a winning entry at the end of the month.

    How to enter:
    1. Email a jpeg of your drawing to with the subject “If I Were a Superhero”.
    2. A two- or three-sentence description of the Superhero.
    3. Your name, age, city and social media presence
    4. OR Tweet it to @mocanyc, #MOCAcontest

    Win the prizes below & get your drawing featured in the museum!— with Jeff Yang, Keith Chow and Jerry Ma at MOCA.

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