Archives for September 2010

Biscuits a boom to dog owners

SAN JOSE — Jennifer Pan decided to open her whimsical dog boutique Biscuits in San Jose’s Japantown after experiencing difficulty in finding healthy treats for her Jack Russell Terrier, who had allergies. “I was looking for supplements and natural treats,” said Pan, who opened the store in July with her partner Steve Kim. Named after […]

Cukui combines art and fashion

SAN JOSE — Orly Locquiao combines his passion for tattoo art and streetwear as the owner of Cukui Clothing Company, which opened in San Jose’s Japantown in August. The store offers a broad range of urban apparel designed by Locquiao, who draws inspiration from his work as a tattoo artist at Humble Beginnings Tattoo Studio […]

Fishing Through History – Bell Shimada, a man, a seamount, a boat

The fisheries survey vessel (FSV) Bell M. Shimada, a research fishing vessel operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, was commissioned on Aug. 25. The ship, with all its scientific equipment and maneuvering capabilities, is one of the most technologically advanced ships out at sea today. The […]

OBITUARY: George Komoto

KOMOTO, GEORGE, 89, passed away peacefully on the evening of September 15, 2010 at Our House, the memory unit at Carlton Plaza of Sacramento, where he had resided since March. He was born on May 21, 1921 in Mt. Vernon, Washington. He was the first son of Nobuji and Yoshiko Komoto and lived most of […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Small bubbles from the small guys

In the vast world of sparkling wine, one name stands out above the rest: Champagne. This uniquely French product (remember that unless it’s produced in the Champagne region of northern France, it can’t be called Champagne) always conjures memories of celebrations and conviviality. Whether you enjoy the less costly non-vintage versions from Moet Chandon, Roederer […]

Journey Back to Topaz – Former inmates take pilgrimage to former Central Utah concentration camp

The 2010 Topaz/Central Utah Pilgrimage attracted participants as far away as Tom Kurihara from Virginia, to local Utahns, but the majority came from California via Toru Saito’s Topaz Bus. Former Topaz inmate Saito has been organizing pilgrimage busses for years. “The reason I do this Topaz bus thing,” said Saito, “is because I kind of […]

Artist Takara contributes to SJ museum exhibit

SAN JOSE — Mixed media artist Corinne Okada Takara combines her passion for design, textiles and fabrics to capture life in Silicon Valley in a concrete way. Collaborating with two other artists, Takara developed unique textile designs for the artwear installation “TECHstyle SoftWEAR: Surface and Shape,” at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. […]

Get a taste of the islands at Island Sol

SAN JOSE — Island Sol brings a Hawaiian vibe to San Jose’s Japantown, offering a wide range of apparel and merchandise inspired by the islands. The store, which has been open since August, offers such Hawaiian-inspired merchandise as printed shirts, music, jewelry, and foodstuffs. The store’s line of unique apparel includes reggae dresses and roots […]

LETTERS: San Francisco’s Japantown and Boy Scouts Troop 58

Many experiences of the past are stored in our minds. Being able to “recall and relive the past” is a precious and emotional experience when it comes our way. An example is meeting an old friend and finding moments of joy in talking about the “old days.” These experiences are usually personal and passers-by usually […]

LETTERS: Support Muslim Americans’ effort to build a community center near Ground Zero

Dear Editor: As Japanese Americans whose families were targeted by the hysteria over national security during World War II, we are deeply disturbed by the irrational fear and opposition toward the Muslim Americans who plan to build a community center near Ground Zero. America was founded on the principle of religious freedom. Muslim Americans have […]

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