Today is the 70th anniversary of the American’s dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

In 1983, while I was an exchange student in Japan in the early eighties, I hitchhiked around the Kansai with my boyfriend.

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I spent two days in Hiroshima, visiting the Peace Park and speaking with one of the original Hiroshima Maidens, young women who suffered from terrible complications from the aftermath of the bomb.


I sincerely hope that we learned our lesson and won’t even consider for a moment such a heinous act again. The exhibit of artwork by the survivors of the blast haunt me to this day.






I was in Beijing in 2012 when I first came across KPop. I was watching MTV China and saw BigBang’s “Fantastic Baby.” I didn’t even know they were Korean at the time, but I watched every moment I was in my hotel room waiting for this to appear and get the group’s name. Fateful moment. I was hooked. This is still my top Kpop video and favorite group from South Korea (and I expect this matches world tastes from recent Billboard World charts.)


My next discovery, courtesy of Pandora in shortly thereafter was SHINee’s “Lucifer.” I’ve enjoyed learning about the group and watching the 5 members mature over the past few years.

My last top Kpop video is Vixx’s “Voodoo Doll.” It is dark and sexy with innovative choreography.