Archives for November 2009

YAKYU BY THE NUMBERS: World Series MVP Matsui Might Still Have Future with Yankees

In films, the flame-throwing Godzilla never went quietly into the night. He went out swinging — and, many think, so has his namesake Hideki Matsui. In what many believe might be his last game in the Yankee pinstripes, Matsui went 3-for-4 with six RBIs in the clinching game of the World Series. He hit .618 […]

Three Asian Americans Elected to Office in NYC

NEW YORK — In New York City’s Nov. 3 election, Councilman John C. Liu was elected city comptroller, making him the first Asian American to be elected to a citywide office. As a city councilman, the Taiwan-native represented Flushing, Queens. According to the New York Times, this victory “could quickly make [Liu] a strong contender […]

LETTERS: Keep JA Press, Culture Vibrant

Dear Editor, I’m very sad to hear the status of the Hokubei Mainichi. However I do like the idea of Nichi Bei Weekly. We as Japanese Americans must be able to keep the Japanese heritage, culture and values alive continuously. Many non-Japanese people do not know things about the Japanese… Newspapers are downsizing and limiting […]

Scent of ‘Mums’ Evoke Memories of Fall in Japan

At a store the other day a woman passed me and a whiff of her fragrance nearly knocked me away. It wasn’t the strength of it. Far from it, it was the faintness of the scent that stopped me on the spot. The women had in her cart several pots of chrysanthemums of different kinds, […]

‘Astro Boy’ Falls Short of Tezuka’s Trademark Storytelling Style

This past month, Astro Boy, one of Japan’s greatest icons, made his debut in U.S. movie theaters. The new film,  appropriately titled “Astro Boy,” is directed by British animator David Bowers (“Flushed Away”) and produced by Hong Kong’s Imagi Studios’ (the CGI-animated “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) — with some oversight by Tezuka Productions, the company […]

Benkyodo Company Unveils New Seasonal Sweets

Ricky Okamura takes piping hot steamed sticky rice flour and fashions it into circular globs, exhibiting the masterful skill of mochi-making. “I’m making blueberry mochi,” he said, “because blueberries are in season, and I wanted to try something different.” The Okamura brothers of San Francisco Japantown’s Benkyodo Company are continuing a tradition of Japanese confectionary […]

Economic Downturn Takes Financial Toll on San Jose’s Japantown

Joe Yasutake has seen first-hand the effects of the state budget crisis, as the Japanese American Museum of San Jose prepares to reopen in a couple of months after several years of delays. Yasutake, a museum board member and the former president, said that turning the dream into a reality has taken so long due […]

Japanese American Dies After Alleged Assault in Ventura, Calif.

One night in October, Glenn S. Hanamoto walked into the Red Cove bar in Ventura, Calif. to sell hot dogs and was allegedly attacked by skinheads. The next morning he was dead. After leaving the bar on his own power on Sunday, Oct. 18, the 44-year-old Hanamoto told his girlfriend that “some skinheads beat me […]

Last Bilingual Japanese Newspaper in SF ‘Suspends’ Operations

The recent closure of two bilingual Japanese American newspapers reflects not only demographic shifts in the community but also a time of reinvention for newspapers serving the Japanese American community, according to ethnic media experts. With its last issue Oct. 30, the Hokubei Mainichi became the second bilingual Japanese American newspaper in Northern California to […]

San Jose Police Beating Stirs Distrust and Resentment

On Oct. 24, the San Jose Mercury News released the video of a San Jose State math major getting beaten and stunned with a taser by the San Jose Police Department in his home on Sept. 3, 2009. Police were called to the scene after 20-year-old Phuong Ho allegedly wielded a knife during an altercation […]

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