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Our Man in Tokyo

02.26.2018 | Category, Music/Art

I went to see the screening of a short documentary film “Our man in Tokyo (Ballad of Shin Miyata)" at Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, yesterday.  Shin Miyata is a chicano music fan/record label producer/music promotor.  He became obsessed with the Chicano music in East Los Angeles years ago, and determined to spread the music in Japan.  He has brought many musicians from East LA to Japan performing at a numerous venues.  It’s an interesting take on a person with remarkable passion to the music of East LA.  I realized that Chicano culture and Japanese Am...
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Capsular Contracture: 8-10% of breast implant patients experience this unusual breast firmness

02.20.2018 | Category, Cosmetic Surgery, Q & A

What is Capsular Contracture? Capsular Contracture is the condition where the breast feels firm after breast augmentation.  When an implant is placed under the breast, the body forms scar tissue surrounding the implant.  This scar tissue is called a “capsule”.  Over time, in some patients, the capsule gets thicker and tightens, squeezing the implant and making the breast feel firmer....
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01.28.2018 | Category, Cosmetic Surgery

As a plastic surgeon, knowing that the tissues we are handling have good blood flows (meaning viable and healthy) is extremely important.  We have been using clinical evaluation and examination to assess the blood flow at the hospital.  Now, there is a powerful technology available at California Hospital where I perform many of reconstructive procedures. I have been asking the hospital administration to get this system for a while, and it is finally available at the hospital since December 2017.  This newest system, SPY-PHI is only available at California Hospital Medical Center.  Only o...
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Christmas is just around the corner! To add to the excitement we are offering a few specials this year! Get or give the gift of beauty with these cosmetic specials from Alex Kim, M.D. It’s a great time to start planning your procedure so you can be ready for the new year! Make an appointment this December for a free consultation and we will be happy to review your options with you. We are here to help you understand the process of any procedure you are interested, including Mommy Makeovers and Breast Augmentations. We are committed to be here throughout your entire journey to ensure your...
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Professor emeritus Dr Katsuya Namba passed away in November 2017.  He was the founder of Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan.  As a young surgeon, he studied at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.  Upon returning to Nagasaki, he established the first plastic surgery service in Japan.  He has trained numerous plastic surgeons, and retired from the University in early 90s.  Even after the retirement, he was very active in plastic surgery education. When I was a 4th year medical student at Nagasaki University, I rotated plastic sur...
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Ethiopia Trip

11.28.2017 | Category, Blog, Frontpage Article

My dear friend, Dr Gudata Hinika, had a big dream of building a hospital in the rural Ethiopia where he grew up.  It took many years of hard work, but finally Negele Arsi General Hospital and Medical College opened its door to the community in July 2017.  Dr Hinika, a general surgeon/trauma surgeon in Los Angeles, asked me to undertake the first educational trip to the hospital, work with the local surgeons, transfer the knowledge and skills to them so that they will be sufficient to provide the care to the community.  They have three general surgeons, who covered general surgery, trauma, o...
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The War of the Worlds

11.13.2017 | Category, Music/Art

Today I had a pleasure to see the world premiere of the presentation "The War of the Worlds".  Many may have seen the Tom Cruise movie version of the H. G. Wells' science fiction classic, published in 1898.  In 1938, Orson Welles produced a 1-hour radio drama based on the same book.  The radio show had a format of simulated news bulletins. Reportedly, the radio show caused chaos throughout the US that many people believed the broadcast was real.  It showcased Orson Welles' brilliance.  Now, in 2017, the new opera group, the Industry, and LA phil put together the new version of this broadc...
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Ballaké Sissoko is a Mali-born kora player.  Kora is a traditional West African harp.  It has a half spherical wound at the bottom as a resonator and a wooden stick that holds the strings.  It was January 2011 in New York when I saw him play.  GlobalFest 2011 at Webster Hall in NYC.  Ballaké and Vincent played at the stage in the first floor, an intimate venue, with mesmerizingly beautiful melodies and rhythms.  I was so drawn to their music, which I thought they were the highlight of that night's festival.  They had the first album at that time, Chamber Music.  Since then, Ballaké ...
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Ludovico Einaudi

11.06.2017 | Category, Blog, Music/Art

Ludovico Einaudi is an Italian pianist-composer known for his work on movies and contemporary classical music with minimalist quality.  I saw him play about 10 years ago at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood.  It was shortly after he released Divenire album where he worked with electronic music.  As you may know, Hotel Cafe is a small venue with standing room only.  Since then, he has gained popularity, particularly because of the movie soundtrack works, as well as collaboration with other musicians including Ballake Sissoko.  When he came to UCLA last year, to play Elements, the Royce Hall was half...
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