Archives for August 2012

CREATING PRACTICAL ART FOR THE HOME: Arakawa, a Bay Area original potter

Thomas Arakawa brings a Japanese influence and aesthetic to his pottery, yet he has no formal training from a pottery master in Japan. The 38-year-old ceramics artist was primarily taught in the United States and professes he has learned his Japanese techniques from YouTube videos and reading. He describes his works as being distinctly “Japanese […]

THE KAERU KID: Manzanar and more in Lone Pine

The annual pilgrimage to the Manzanar National Historic Site takes place during the last weekend of April. This coincides with the opening of trout season that so many Nikkei look forward to, and this year was predicted to be the best opening in years as far as the weather and the chance to catch a […]

Creating a sustainable Japanese garden

Interested in installing a Japanese garden, and don’t know the first thing to do? Or perhaps you appreciate Japanese aesthetics, but want to make a more eco-conscious decision to conserve water by installing a dry Japanese garden with low-water plants? The Nichi Bei Weekly asked internationally recognized landscape architect Dr. Takeo Uesugi and his son, […]

Homegrown in an urban garden

When I was a young kid growing up in my Ohio hometown, I remember how hard my grandfather worked in the garden — shoveling, hoeing, weeding and watering. On a typical humid summer evening, he would leave his muddy shoes outside the door, come inside the house all hot and sweaty, sit by the fan […]

Tule Lake, the consequences

Editor’s Note: On Aug. 2, the National Park Service (NPS) held a meeting at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo with community stakeholders about planning the Tule Lake Unit of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Similar meetings were held in San Francisco, Sacramento and San Jose in Northern California. […]

Former inmates break ground for museum to remember Topaz camp

DELTA, Utah — On Sept. 11, 1942, in an arid desert area 16 miles northwest of Delta, the Topaz concentration camp opened in the wake of World War II. The Japanese American concentration camp would process 11,000 inmates and hold about 8,300 before closing three years later on Oct. 31, 1945. On Aug. 4, the […]

Composting isn’t a waste

Compost makes me think about life’s basics. Compost is decomposed (waste) plant matter. It’s in the dirt under our feet. We wouldn’t be alive, of course, if the soil couldn’t sustain us — to grow the food we eat. Common sense may say that if one takes stuff out of the soil (for growing food), […]

Professionalism and talent at Nichi Bei

Note: This letter was sent in response to the July 12, 2012 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. Dear Editor, The cover photo of me and my son, Harrison, is very strong. I want to tell you that Martha Nakagawa, your shooter, did a great job of capturing the height of that moment while being perfectly […]

OBITUARY: Chizuko Shimada

SHIMADA, CHIZUKO, 90, passed away peacefully on May 26, 2012. Resident of San Francisco. Born in Stockton, Calif. on May 13, 1922, but raised in Sacramento. She was preceded in death by her three sisters, Yoshiko Suyetsugu, Mitsuko Nagafuji, Fumiko Shimada; and nephew, Kenji Suyetsugu (Yuki). She is survived by her sister, Ellen Shimasaki (Fred); […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Life and death

生 (sei) means “life or live,” and consists of two parts. The bottom part is soil or ground and the top line represents a new plant. Because of the soil or ground, the plant can receive life and grow big. 死 (shi) means “death,” and consists of two parts. The top and left line represents […]

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