Junot Díaz on Fukuoka, Japan’s Next Great Food City – Condé Nast Traveler

Author Junot Díaz, a ramen junkie, explains why Fukuoka is Japan’s next great food city—and it isn’t just about the noodles.

Díaz is also won a Pulitzer for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which I am reading now.  It’s a great, high-energy book sprinkled with Spanish and Dominican History.  He also shouts out Shimokitazawa, the neighborhood in Tokyo he mentions in this piece.  I was intrigued, and when I tried to find more, I came across this article.

Source: Junot Díaz on Fukuoka, Japan’s Next Great Food City – Condé Nast Traveler

Japanese Leader’s Pearl Harbor Visit May Not Be a First, After All – The New York Times

Japan said Shinzo Abe would be the country’s first prime minister to visit the site of the attack, but it now appears that historic occasion actually took place in 1951.

Source: Japanese Leader’s Pearl Harbor Visit May Not Be a First, After All – The New York Times

Dorothea Lange’s Censored Photographs of FDR’s Japanese Concentration Camps — Anchor Editions

The military seized her photographs, quietly depositing them in the National Archives, where they remained mostly unseen and unpublished until 2006.

Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother photograph from 1936 Dorothea Lange—well-known for her FSA photographs like Migrant Mother—was hired by the U.S. government to make a photographic record of the “evacuation” and “relocation” of Japanese-Americans in 1942. She was eager to take the commission, despite being opposed to the effort, as she believed “a true record of the evacuation would be valuable in the future.” The military commanders that reviewed her work realized that Lange’s contrary point of view was evident through her photographs, and seized them for the duration of World War II, even writing “Impounded” across some of the prints. The photos were quietly deposited into the National Archives, where they remained largely unseen until 2006.

Source: Dorothea Lange’s Censored Photographs of FDR’s Japanese Concentration Camps — Anchor Editions