Archives for April 2014

FULL COUNT: Minor leaguers to eye two weeks in

This week the Toronto Blue Jays recalled popular infielder Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo after placing shortstop Jose Reyes on the 15-day disabled list. Kawasaki became a fan favorite last season for his late game heroics and classic postgame interviews. Over in Triple-A Sacramento, shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima is off to a slow start, batting just […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: No stove top needed

I’m sure you all know that a strict vegetarian diet is devoid of all animal flesh. Lacto-ovo vegetarians can still consume animal products like milk, eggs and cheese, usually if said animal products originated from animals that were humanely raised. For pure vegetarians or vegans, however, even humanely raised animal products are taboo, so their […]

NJAHS celebrates preservation of history

The National Japanese American Historical Society held its annual fundraising dinner with a night of awards, hula and a raffle March 29 at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco’s Japantown. Some 170 people attended the event emceed by Anny Hong of KRON 4 and George Kiriyama, formerly of NBC Bay Area. The evening, celebrated under […]

Kyle Sayaka Fujiki Tana crowned 2014 Northern Calif. Cherry Blossom Queen

With cherry blossoms in bloom in San Francisco’s Japantown, the 47th annual Cherry Blossom Festival began April 12, and with it, the new queen’s court was named that evening during the queen program at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas. Emcees Jana Katsuyama, a KTVU reporter, and George Kiriyama, a former NBC Bay Area reporter, led the program, […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Queer non-Nikkei figures in Japanese American history (part II)

Editor’s Note: This is the second part of an ongoing series. Monika Kehoe’s experience with Japanese Americans served as a foundation for her later career, which involved working as an administrator and teaching English to diverse international populations (a point that will be discussed in depth later on). As she noted in the introduction to […]

J-Town bar license suspended due to drink solicitation scheme investigation

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control closed a San Francisco bar for 45 days April 10, alleging that patrons were being charged a surcharge on drinks in return for female company. The suspension of Dimples Cocktail Lounge at 1700 Post St. is the result of a three-month long investigation by undercover agents, ABC spokesman […]

Japan, South Korea remain apart over ‘comfort women’ issue

SEOUL (Kyodo) — Japan and South Korea failed to narrow differences during a meeting April 16 on the issue of Korean women forced to serve at brothels for the wartime Japanese military. “It was a very meaningful consultation in that we were able to deepen understanding on each other’s position and situation,” Junichi Ihara, director […]

OBITUARY: Lily Tsuneko Mikawa

MIKAWA, LILY TSUNEKO, 89, was born in Newcastle, Calif., on Feb. 7, 1925 and passed away at her home in Rocklin, Calif., on April 9, 2014. Survived by sons Ronald (Debi) and Warren (Ai), four grandchildren, Sean, Laura, Michael and Danielle; brothers Kenneth (Yoko) and Hideo Yoshikawa; sister June (Hiromu) Sumi; 22 nephews and nieces, […]

Shirley Muramoto’s ‘Hidden Legacy’ to explore arts in the wartime camps

Each year, more and more stories from the World War II American concentration camps are shared, broadening the public’s awareness about the long-term effects mass incarceration has had on the Japanese American community. Stories about people like Fred Korematsu, the Heart Mountain draft resisters and the “No-Nos” are esteemed within the community for their strong […]

Seiichi Tanaka, the father of American taiko

Surrounded by members of the San Francisco Taru Mikoshi Ren in the city’s 1968 Cherry Blossom Festival, Seiichi Tanaka pounded on a taiko borrowed from the recently opened Suehiro Restaurant in the newly opened Japan Center Malls, then called the Japanese Cultural and Trade Center. He was the sole drummer that year, but in the […]

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