Archives for November 2009

LETTERS: Helping to Fund the Nichi Bei Weekly

Dear Editor, I’m very glad that the Nichi Bei Weekly is publishing, as it has a critical role and responsibility in maintaining the Japanese community in San Francisco and the Bay Area. I am a recent subscriber of this newspaper and everyone else who wants to have a viable Japanese community needs to also subscribe. […]

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OBITUARY: Joan Tamaye Suzuki

SUZUKI, JOAN TAMAYE, 86, passed away October 24, 2009 in Oakland, Calif. She was born on May 21, 1923 in Clovis, N.M. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry Isamu Suzuki, earlier this year. She was a much-beloved mother and grandmother, and is survived by her sisters Kyoko Matsuzaki and Ruby Kawabata, sons […]

OBITUARY: Masumi Sekino

SEKINO, MASUMI, 86, passed away at home on November 2, 2009 in San Francisco, Calif. She was preceded in death by her husband Tsutomu Tom Sekino. She is survived by her children Julie Sekino, David Sekino, Alan Sekino and Patti (Steven) Young, and granddaughter Courtney Young. No services will be held.

OBITUARY: Satoko Mary Okada

OKADA, SATOKO MARY, passed away peacefully on October 25, 2009 after a short stay in the hospital. She was born on March 7, 1926 and was a resident of San Francisco, Calif. Mary is survived by her husband Hiro Okada, sister-in-law Kaoru Igarashi, niece Patti Igarashi, and other nieces and nephews. A memorial service will […]

OBITUARY: ‘Mits’ Kojimoto

Mitsunobu “Mits” Kojimoto unexpectedly passed away in San Francisco on Oct. 25. He was 86. Kojimoto was born on Oct. 19, 1923, in San Francisco, to Kusujiro Kojimoto and Mitsu Nishitsuji Kojimoto. He graduated from Commerce High School, where he played varsity basketball. When Executive Order 9066 was issued during World War II, Kojimoto’s family […]

High School Could Be Named After Fred Korematsu

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — A campaign has been launched to name San Leandro High School’s new ninth grade campus after the late Fred Korematsu — whose challenge of the forced relocation during World War II and efforts to throw out his wartime conviction decades later ultimately led to the Japanese American Redress Movement. Stephen Cassidy, […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Pigs and Pinot

We barely had time to catch a couple of winks aboard Northwest Airlines’ red-eye flight out of Honolulu before touching down at SFO and heading straight to the Ferry Building Marketplace and the Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Why the rush to go grocery shopping? To find the freshest produce and meat for the Pigs […]

Taking Heart: Japanese American Medical Student Develops iPhone Application to Study Heart Murmurs

When Michael “Fuj” Fujinaka started medical school two years ago he received a stethoscope. But he was not taught how to use it until his third year of school. “Basically every medical student uses a stethoscope. But you don’t learn how to use it until your third year,” said the Stockton, Calif. native, who is […]

Japanese Tea Garden Getting Makeover: Japantown Businesswoman Takes Charge of Concessions

It’s a sunny fall afternoon at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. The wooden teahouse, overlooking a small tree-lined pond, is bustling with visitors. The soothing sounds of a waterfall rise up whenever a moment of quiet punctuates the chatter. At one table, a group of four MBA students visiting from Miami, Fla., […]

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