Archives for August 2010

Lani Kume Nishiyama crowned Nisei Week Queen in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo

LOS ANGELES — The Nisei Week Foundation announced that Lani Kume Nishiyama became the 70th Nisei Week Queen on Aug. 14, at the Nisei Week Coronation held at the Aratani/Japan America Theatre in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. The 2009 Nisei Week Queen, Dana Fujiko Heatherton, passed on her reign to Nishiyama. The 2010 Nisei Week Court […]

SF to host U.S.-Japan Summit

Participants of the 20th America-Japan Grassroots Summit will arrive in San Francisco on Tuesday, Aug. 24, to kick off the annual meeting of Japanese and American citizens, held alternatively in Japan and the U.S. The San Francisco Bay Area was chosen as this year’s host region in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Kanrin […]

Honda introduces legislation to honor WWII U.S. POW

WASHINGTON — Rep. Michael Honda (D-San Jose) introduced legislation on July 28 to honor World War II prisoners of war. “This legislation celebrates, honors, and commemorates the courageous and faithful men and women who were taken as U.S. POWs,” Honda said in a statement. “It also commends the GOJ for the steps it has taken to […]

OBITUARY: Yas Furuya

Furuya, Yas, 88, a resident of El Cerrito, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on August 7, 2010. Yas is survived by Alyce, his devoted wife of 58 years, his children Joanne Ikeda, Bruce (Em) Furuya, Dianne (Milton) Furuya-Wong, and Suzanne Furuya. Grandpa will also be missed by grandchildren Brandon and Kristen Ikeda, Devin, […]

Senate approves bill to award Congressional Gold Medal to Nisei vets

WASHINGTON — On Aug. 3, the U.S. Senate approved S.B. 1055, legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Japanese American soldiers of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service (MIS). The bill must be approved again by the U.S. House of Representatives before it can be submitted to President […]

Children’s playgroup promotes Japanese language, culture

BAMBI, a social activity group for children, holds its Tuesday Children’s Playground from 10 a.m. to noon every week at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California’s gymnasium in San Francisco’s Japantown. The group helps to create social networks for both children and their parents among the Japanese-speaking community in San Francisco. After […]

Hometown hospitality: A’s fan embraces dream job

In the Oakland Coliseum, Kara Tsuboi is larger than life. At every Athletics home game, her visage graces two jumbotrons mounted atop the stadium, appearing on the massive screens before first pitch and during inning breaks. When she materializes high above the field, her image projected from somewhere down in the stands, she might be […]

Catching up with Oakland A’s rising star Kurt Suzuki

When the Nichi Bei Times first interviewed Kurt Suzuki in 2007, he was still a rookie — a fledgling major leaguer given the hefty responsibility of taking over as the starting catcher for the Oakland A’s. Now, roughly three years later, the situation is entirely different. At only 26 years old, Suzuki is still about […]

A timeless tale of wartime loss — now a children’s book

In 1942, when Yoshito Wayne Osaki was forced into an American concentration camp along with some 120,000 persons of Japanese descent, he and his family could take only what they could carry. For Osaki, this meant leaving behind his prized possession and best friend: his dog Teny. As his family set off for the camp, […]

Toyo Miyatake’s life, art and incarceration — through pictures

Toyo Miyatake was the preeminent commercial photographer for Nikkei in the Los Angeles area for much of the 20th century. He was the go-to guy for weddings, funerals and portraits and he served as the official photographer for community events like Nisei Week, but he was also an artistic photographer whose work was exhibited internationally […]

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