Archives for 2009

Hawai‘i Five-O: Five Days on Oahu

This November, I attended the destination wedding of a college friend in Hawai‘i. The couple — who reside in L.A. — had guests from across the United States and Japan, so one couldn’t exactly blame them for choosing Honolulu — a well-connected midway point — for their important day. That said, traveling for a wedding […]

OBITUARY: ‘Art’ Koga

Arthur “Art” Fumio Koga of Honolulu died Dec. 4, on O‘ahu. He was 65. Koga was the founder and owner of Blue Cliff Inc., a software consulting and development company that specialized in electronic medical records systems. Born and raised in Honolulu, Koga graduated from ‘Iolani School before going on to study at Michigan State […]

OBITUARY: Edwin Noboru Takahashi

TAKAHASHI, EDWIN NOBORU, entered into rest November 25, 2009 in Richmond, Calif. He was born on June 17, 1929 in San Francisco. In 1942, Edwin was interned with his family in Topaz, Utah. Upon his return, he graduated from Lowell High School in San Francisco. He married in 1952 shortly before his induction into the […]

NISEI COLLEGE DIPLOMAS: Making Good on a 67-Year-Old Promise

The California Nisei College Diploma Project is sponsored by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program in cooperation with Union Bank. Our job, our task, our responsibility is to assist colleges and universities in identifying their Nisei college diploma recipients, wherever they or their families may be. I would like to thank Assemblymember Warren Furutani […]

OBITUARY: Nao Takasugi

Former California state Assemblyman and Oxnard Mayor Nao Takasugi passed away from stroke-related complications on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 at the St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard. He was 87. Takasugi, a Republican, spent six years in the California state Assembly, until his term limit expired in 1998. Prior to this, he had served […]

Youngest Openly Gay Asian American Mayor in Nation Elected in Campbell

CAMPBELL (Bay City News Service) — Campbell Vice Mayor Evan Low made history on Dec. 1 by becoming the country’s youngest openly gay mayor. Chosen by his fellow council members to fill the mayoral seat, Low, 26, is also the country’s youngest Asian American mayor, he said. He replaces current Mayor Jane Kennedy. Low said […]

UCSF Nisei Commencement Ceremony

On July 16, 2009, the University of California Board of Regents agreed to grant special honorary degrees to Japanese American students who were enrolled at the University of California but were forced to leave because of their incarceration during World War II. Ceremonies to award the degrees have been scheduled at the four campuses in […]

‘Ukulele Strikes a Chord with San Jose Japantown Music Instructor

Originally trained as a computer hardware programmer, Rodney Takahashi has turned his passion for the ‘ukulele into a successful career as a music instructor. Takahashi teaches lessons at his store, Ukulele Jams, at 565 North Sixth Street in San Jose’s Japantown. The classes cover ‘ukulele picking, strumming and music theory. Takahashi, who originally operated his […]

Seeking Nisei Honorees for the California Nisei College Diploma Project

More than 2,500 students of Japanese ancestry are estimated to have been in California colleges and universities during World War II, with the Nisei — or second-generation Japanese Americans — comprising the largest number. Assembly Bill 37, authored by California state Assemblymember Warren Furutani (D-Long Beach), bestows honorary degrees to Japanese Americans, living or deceased, […]

OBITUARY: Takanishi Tamae Tufts

TUFTS, TAMAE TAKANISHI, 68, passed away on November 11, 2009, surrounded by her daughters and grandchildren. Born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1940, she was an atomic bomb survivor and later attended The Sogetsu-ryu Academy School of Ikebana in Tokyo. Tamae (Tammy) was an avid gardener, loved to read, cook and sew. She was a devoted […]

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