- If you did not know, and are of Japanese descent living in Hawaii (and I guess anywhere outside of Japan), you are a Nikkeijin.
- Japanese represent 25% of the Hawaii population.
- They (150) first came in 1868--about the same time as Kenjiro's (my father's father) parents left Akita for Hokkaido--and are called Gannenmono (first year men).
- Israel Kamakawiwoole's Over the Rainbow is the top-selling song in Hawaii history.
- Hawaii played a major role in scientists calculating the size of the solar system, in 1874.
- Iolani Palace had electricity four years before the White House.
- Joanie Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi was written while on her first trip to Hawaii.
- Hawaii's last Queen, Liliuokalani, composed over 300 songs, including Aloha Oe.
- Want a free baseball? Visit the grave of Alexander Cartwright at Oahu Cemetery, located just a few yards from where I now live. See those balls? People leave them here. Whether Abner Doubleday or Alex invented the game of baseball is still disputed, but the current sway is in the direction of Cartwright.
This is why junmai daiginjo costs more than junmai ginjo, although most sake experts say the average person will not be able to distinguish between the two. Heck, I can't tell the taste difference between junmai and non-junmai, nor the kind you find in a milk-container quart from those in a regular bottle. Sort of the same for me on most wines.