Archives for September 2010


富 (Fu or Tomi) means “richnes.” This character comes from a shape of a warehouse which is full of crops or treasures inside. 士 (Ji or Shi)            means “samurai” who guards the King or lord.  This character comes from a shape of a weapon which can protect the king or lord. 山 (San or Yama) […]

Cantil-Sakauye confirmed as California chief justice

(Bay City News Service) — A state commission in San Francisco on Aug. 25 unanimously confirmed Sacramento appeals court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to be California’s next chief justice. Cantil-Sakauye, 50, was nominated in July by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to succeed California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George, who will retire on Jan. 2. She was […]

America-Japan Grassroots Summit concludes in San Francisco

The 20th America-Japan Grassroots Summit kicked off on Aug. 25 with an opening ceremony at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. The summit began as a way to honor the legacy of a friendship that began nearly 170 years ago between the shipwrecked John Manjiro and William Whitfield, the captain of a whaling […]

Summit participants experience Bay Area culture

BERKELEY, Calif. — Kazuki Miyamoto has a dream. His trip to the United States for the America-Japan Grassroots Summit reaffirmed his resolve to realize that dream. “I want to learn to speak fluent English and come back here for graduate school to become a robotic scientist,” said the 19-year-old Fukuoka college student while he was visiting […]

OBITUARY: Joan Barsotti

Joan Barsotti, an author and philanthropist whose historical fiction novel “Okei-san: The Girl from Wakamatsu” chronicled the famed member of the ill-fated Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony in Placer County, Calif., died Aug. 29, 2010 at her family home in Camino, Calif., the Mountain Democrat reports. She was 70. The Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm […]

OBITUARY: Grace Kazuyo Matsuoka

MATSUOKA, GRACE KAZUYO, passed away peacefully on August 17, 2010. She was born on March 7, 1915 in Kalihiwai, Hanalei District, Kaua‘i. Known by her relatives, friends and neighbors simply as “Auntie Gracie.” Grace Kazuyo Tanigawa Kawahara Matsuoka passed away at 12:40 a.m., Tuesday morning, August 17, 2010, in Honolulu, after a battle with lung […]

OBITUARY: Yosh Sakauye

SAKAUYE, YOSH, passed away peacefully on August 19, 2010. He was born on August 31, 1925. He is survived by his wife Keiko, daughters Susan (Alan), Donna (Mark), sons Ted (Debra), and Tom (Susan), granddaughters Caitlin and Jennifer, grandson Chris and step-grandson Gary. He is also survived by his sisters Fumi and Mary. Yosh was […]

OBITUARY: Dr. Hideo “Hero” Yonenaka

YONENAKA, HIDEO “HERO,” DR., passed away on August 26, 2010 at the age of 84. He was born in San Jose on July 7, 1926. He was a loving, compassionate man whose spirit was so “centered” and peaceful, that he truly touched those he knew. Simply put: He was special. The son of a strawberry […]

OBITUARY: Dr. Jin Kinoshita

KINOSHITA, JIN, DR., passed away peacefully on August 20, 2010 in San Jose, at the age of 89. He was born in San Francisco on July 20, 1921. Jin was internationally recognized and honored as a researcher, administrator, professor, and advisor to many young scientists. He is considered a pioneer in the biochemical study of […]

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