Community News

San Francisco’s Japantown witnesses considerable turnover in 2016

Throughout 2016, San Francisco’s Japantown saw many changes. Several longtime businesses changed hands while others have taken over empty locations. As the changes affect Japantown’s landscape, some expressed wariness over the neighborhood’s future as well as pointed out the difficulties the ethnic enclave’s business owners currently face today. Unique New Businesses Richard Hashimoto, president of […]

Numerous leadership changes at Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo nonprofits

LOS ANGELES — After a long period of stability, various nonprofit organizations in Little Tokyo have experienced significant leadership changes the past few years. Dean Matsubayashi took over at the Little Tokyo Service Center, Leslie Ito at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center and Mitchell Maki at the Go For Broke National Educational Center. […]

Mixed-heritage Japanese Americans seek bone marrow matches

Last January, Paul Ota felt a pain in his chest. Maybe, he thought, he had pulled a muscle at the gym. Upon visiting his doctor, though, Ota was diagnosed with advanced non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer that can start in a person’s lymph nodes. After six rounds of chemotherapy and surgery to destroy the […]

Nichi Bei Foundation awarded $30,000 grant from Takahashi Foundation

The Nichi Bei Foundation, an educational nonprofit organization that publishes the Nichi Bei Weekly Japanese American community newspaper, was awarded a $30,000 grant from The Tomoye and Henri Takahashi Charitable Foundation, the organization said. The grant will fund “ongoing administrative costs,” said an Oct. 3 letter from Masako Takahashi, chair of The Henri and Tomoye […]

San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Annex renovation project complete

SAN JOSE — The renovations to the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin’s Annex Building are complete, and the facility is ready for future generations to enjoy. The renovation began approximately a year ago as part of a two-phase capital project titled “Generations.” The first phase of the project involved seismic and Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility […]

Everyday Japanese flair in the home

A visit to one’s local Japantown can help refresh any home with furniture and decorations that give it a distinctly Japanese aesthetic. Whether it be a kotatsu (heated table) or a hand-crafted tea bowl, there are various options to decorate the home. In San Francisco Japantown’s Japan Center West Mall, Asakichi sells a variety of […]

Plan for commemorative garden draws mixed reactions

As part of the 110th anniversary of San Francisco’s Japantown, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California proposes to build a Japanese garden commemorating the Issei pioneers that settled in the neighborhood after the 1906 earthquake. Following a July 7 meeting, the community center held a second informational meeting Aug. 11 at the […]

Cancer survivor celebrates ‘new found freedom’

Earlier this month, 10-year-old Baylor Nihei Fredrickson’s family received some long-anticipated news: the cancer survivor learned that he could discontinue taking his medications and no longer had to follow numerous multiple safety precautions that had been part of his life since he returned home from a transplant more than a year and a half ago. Back in […]

Dancing for the sake of change

BISHOP, Calif. — Each year, for the past 11 years, a group of about 60 people from the Florin chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League and the Council on American Islamic Relations- Sacramento Valley has made a pilgrimage to the  Manzanar National Historic Site, one of 10 former incarceration camps where Japanese Americans were […]

Rinban Bob, Rev. Patti Oshita retire from Sacramento Betsuin

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After serving the Buddhist Church of Sacramento Betsuin for 32 years, Rinban Bob Oshita and his wife, the Rev. Patti Oshita, gazed at a banquet room full of more than 700 people on June 11 who had come together to celebrate the Oshitas’ retirement. “As this event was being planned, I thought […]

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