Archives for October 2015

Overcoming adversity with tenacity: Cancer survivor Patricia Fujii, 84, lives life to its fullest

Despite winning eight gold medals in this year’s Idaho Senior Games, 84-year-old Patricia Fujii does not consider herself an athlete. According to the octogenarian sprinter, the difference between her and the athletes she competed against at the National Senior Games is that the other higher-placing athletes train harder. “I don’t have time to hire a […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Baby steps to giant leaps

Yes, I know how difficult it is to embrace change. I’m rapidly approaching that age when I’ll soon undergo that metamorphosis into my parents, where habits are carved into stone. And the sun is more likely to shower rain than warmth onto this little orb before those habits are broken. But there’s hope, as I’m […]

Let’s Talk: About creating a vibrant longevity

It’s been almost one year since I officially retired from my psychotherapy private practice, and like most newly retired, I’ve been busier than ever … just not getting paid! There’s lots to do out in the world to make it a better place, but it’s important to sort through priorities so that these precious years […]

OBITUARY: Sumiko Kamikawa Murashima

MURASHIMA, SUMIKO KAMIKAWA, 93, entered the Pure Land peacefully in her home in Berkeley on October 8, 2015. Sumi, as she was known, was born on August 16, 1922, in Fresno, the fourth of five children to Koichi and Kaoru Shimata Kamikawa, who ran the popular Kamikawa Brothers general merchandise store in Fresno’s Japantown. Sumi […]

‘Shrimp Boy’ trial postponed to Nov. 9

The racketeering and murder solicitation trial of Chinatown association leader Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow was postponed in federal court in San Francisco Oct. 19 until Nov. 9. The delay moves the trial one week past its previous start date of Nov. 2 for opening statements and the beginning of testimony. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer […]

New security laws in Japan

TOKYO — Is Japan abandoning its brand of pacifism to wield military power in the Asia-Pacific and beyond? This question has been raised in Japan and foreign countries since the Diet passed a set of new security laws that allows Japanese forces to take part in military conflicts globally. Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution […]

20th anniversary screenings of ‘Picture Bride’ honor pioneering Issei

More than 100 community members gathered at New People Cinema in San Francisco’s Japantown Sept. 25 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Kayo Hatta’s groundbreaking film “Picture Bride.” According to the film, some 20,000 young women from Japan, Okinawa and Korea journeyed to Hawai‘i between 1907 and 1924 to meet their new husbands — men […]

Pilgrimage sheds light on JA immigration history, honors those who preserved it

Although largely known for its Chinese immigrant history, the United States Immigration Station at Angel Island also retains stories from many other immigrant groups, evident today by old carvings on the barrack walls in languages like Russian, Urdu and Japanese. The immigration station’s Japanese immigrant history reveals two layers of stories: Japanese immigration from 1910 […]

Help WWII Tule Lake teacher Ms. Liebert find her 4th grade students

When young Katherine Liebert finished university in San Francisco in 1942, she was preparing to enter the work force of a society stuck by war fervor with the constant bombardment of anti-Japanese rhetoric following the attack on Pearl Harbor. With the face and skin tone of the “good guys,” Katherine probably had several options as […]

Philosopher and activist Grace Lee Boggs dies at 100

Philosopher and activist Grace Lee Boggs died peacefully in her sleep at her home Oct. 5 in Detroit, the James & Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership said in a statement. The center described her as an “internationally known philosopher activist for justice” who had “been politically active since the 1930s working with […]

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