Archives for April 2011

Joi Ito Named new Director of MIT Media Lab

Pal of Ryuichi Sakamoto and all-around cool dude Joi Ito was recently named the new director of the MIT Media Lab! From the NY Times article (which I found on Boing Boing): Mr. Ito… is neither a conventional Japanese technologist, nor your average college dropout. Raised in both Tokyo and Silicon Valley, Mr. Ito was […]

NorCal community raises relief funds for Northern Japan at Cherry Blossom Festival

Joining communities all over the world in taking action, San Francisco’s Japanese-speaking and Japanese American communities have been using art, food and other aspects of their culture to raise funds for the relief efforts following the March 11 earthquake, tsunami, and ongoing nuclear crisis. As it did to aid the Japan during previous times of […]

THE KAERU KID: Coffee, tea or Ron?

  My favorite mode of travel is flying, and one of the prime reasons is the great attention from most flight attendants. Do any older readers remember Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA), one of the first discount airlines that operated from 1949-1988? My fond memories were during the airfare wars PSA cut prices to $10 between […]

Otagaisama: We help each other

I’m not an expert on Japanese culture and customs, but as I observe what’s happening in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami, I am confident that the country and its people will eventually recover and rebuild their lives because of one key concept and way of life that is deeply embedded in the Japanese spirit: “Otagaisama” (helping […]

REFLECTION ON JAPAN: Growing stigma against victims of Fukushima

Editor’s note: A month after the Tohoku disaster, a quasi-nationalistic “love it or leave it” attitude has gained currency, putting pressure on people to stay and face potential dangers for the sake of group solidarity. A wrenching dilemma has emerged in the midst of the nuclear radiation crisis afflicting Japan. A quasi-nationalistic “love it or […]

PASSAGEWAY FOR PIONEERS: Exhibit at China Cabin, part of the ship that brought first Japanese settlers to America, depicts voyage of Wakamatsu colonists

  BELVEDERE, Calif. — An unassuming hall overlooks the gentle waters facing San Francisco in the sleepy bedroom community of Belvedere, Calif., located north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County. Yet the Victorian social saloon itself is steeped in history, particularly as it relates to the Japanese experience in America. Today it is […]

OBITUARY: Masaji Gene Uratsu

URATSU, MASAJI GENE, 93, was born July 5, 1917 in Berkeley, CA; passed away on March 14, 2011 in San Rafael. Raised mostly in Placer County but spent 5 years in Japan with his grandparents. Graduated from Loomis Union Grammar School and Placer Union H.S. Joined the U.S. Army in March 1941 and was a […]

77 mil. PlayStation user info may have leaked

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Sony Corp. said April 27 personal information of up to 77 million users of its PlayStation Network services around the world may have been leaked, calling on users to monitor credit reports on a regular basis. Sony said it “cannot rule out the possibility” that credit card data were compromised as a […]

OBITUARY: Louise Kiyoko Nakada

NAKADA, LOUISE KIYOKO, 89, born Jan. 22, 1922, passed away suddenly at her home in San Mateo on April 16, 2011. Louise was predeceased by her husband, Jim. She is survived by her sister, Sachiko; her daughters, Carolyn and Joyce; her four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Louise was an active member of the San Mateo […]

OBITUARY: Yoshihiko Inouye

INOUYE, YOSHIHIKO, 86, of El Cerrito passed away peacefully on April 21, 2011. Born March 22, 1925 on Mandeville Island in the San Joaquin Delta to Hanji and Minoe Inouye, Yosh was raised in Stockton, Calif. He attended UC Berkeley and retired as a microbiologist for the state of California’s Public Health Department in Berkeley […]

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