Archives for July 2010

OBITUARY: Tashiko Shimizu

Shimizu, Tashiko, born September 6, 1925, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2010. For over 40 years she was a dedicated business owner in San Francisco’s Japantown. Through her businesses she had the opportunity to befriend Red Foxx and Rikidozan, the famous Japanese wrestler, and have Ray Charles play in her bar. After retiring, Tashiko […]

Fundraiser raises awareness of colon cancer

People never expect their family vacations to end with a stay in the hospital. This, however, was the case for the Osaki family. “The day we found out he had cancer was actually on his discharge day [for an emergency appendectomy],” said Paul Osaki, describing the experience of his older brother Glenn. More than 200 […]

NJAHS exhibits concentration camp artifacts

The National Japanese American Historical Society’s (NJAHS) exhibit, “Sa sa e: Camp Objects of Memory,” currently on display at the San Francisco Japantown nonprofit’s Peace Gallery, offers a glimpse of what Japanese Americans experienced in American concentration camps during World War II. “Sa sa e” means to sustain or support, explained Rosalyn Tonai, executive director […]

Thriller ‘Inception’ represents breakthrough role for Japanese actor Ken Watanabe

In this summer’s first sci-fi thriller, Ken Watanabe stars in “Inception” with Leonardo DiCaprio as the lead, directed by Christopher Nolan, known for thrillers such as “Memento” and “The Dark Knight.” Watanabe has taken on the role of Saito, a powerful business mogul in the energy industry who needs Cobb (DiCaprio) to plant an idea […]

Untold stories of Tule Lake Segregation Center unveiled at pilgrimage

The 2010 Tule Lake Pilgrimage had the apt theme of “Sharing the Untold Stories of Tule Lake,” as more former Tuleans participated in the four-day pilgrimage, many for the first time. Close to 330 people participated in this year’s pilgrimage on the Fourth of July weekend, with more than 60 of them over the age […]

Nikkei and Retirement holds 30th anniversary luncheon

Nikkei and Retirement held its 30th anniversary luncheon at Benihana in San Francisco’s Japantown on July 14. The guest speaker was the Rev. Lloyd Wake, who, along with his wife Marian Wake, was instrumental in organizing a committee following the Nisei Retirement Planning Conference organized by the National Japanese American Citizens League and the National […]

THE KAERU KID: Ekoji Buddhist Temple and Japanese Cultural Center in Dusseldorf, Germany

Note: This letter was sent in response to Kaeru Kid’s “Little Tokyo on the Rhine” column, July 8-14, 2010. Dear Editor, I read your Kaeru Kid column on Dusseldorf, Germany and [was] surprised that you didn’t mention Ekoji Buddhist Temple. You may not be interested in the religion, but it is now a major Japanese […]

A call to raise much-needed seed funds in our efforts to save the community press

Dear Supporter, On behalf of the Nichi Bei Foundation, we would like to thank you for your past support. Many of you have already reached into your pockets to help to kick-start our movement, donating funds that were absolutely essential to our launch of the first nonprofit ethnic newspaper of its kind in the country, […]

TOM YASUMI: From Tokyo to SpongeBob in 44 years

Tom Yasumi has worked in animation for the past 22 years, his entire professional life. He is currently an animation director for the hit cartoon series, “SpongeBob SquarePants.” He’s worked on many of Nickelodeon’s popular shows, including “The Rugrats” and “Rocko’s Modern Life.” He has worked on “SpongeBob” for the past 12 years. He was […]

MANGA REVIEW: Reboot: X-Men goes kawaii

X-MEN MISFITS By Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman Art by Anzu (New York: Del Rey, 2009, 192 pp., $12.99 paperback) “X-men Misfits” ironically describes itself by its title succinctly. The comic is a misfit in itself within the world of Marvel’s hit X-Men series. Through the frame of a shoujo-manga artist, this original English manga […]

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