Archives for October 2010

Japanese screen collection explores five centuries of beauty

The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco offers glimpses of the elegant world of Japanese folding screens through an exhibit that opened Oct. 15 called “Beyond Golden Clouds: Five Centuries of Japanese Screens.” The collection displays traditional Japanese art, starting from the Muromachi period (1392-1573) through the innovative and modern era of the late 20th […]

J-Sei event addresses aging issues in Japanese American community

ALAMEDA, Calif. — J-Sei, formerly Japanese American Services of the East Bay, held its “Sansei! Are you prepared to live to 100?” event as part of its “J-Sei Saturday Morning Series on Oct. 9 at the Buena Vista United Methodist Church in Alameda, Calif. The event — which brought together a panel of specialists in […]

Korematsu Campus opens in San Leandro

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — The San Leandro community gathered to celebrate the dedication of the new San Leandro High School Fred T. Korematsu (ninth grade) Campus on Sept. 29. More than 250 guests attended, including the current Board of Education and former Board members, elected officials, civic leaders, students and families, district staff, neighbors and […]

OBITUARY: Kaya Ruth Sugiyama (Kitagawa)

SUGIYAMA (KITAGAWA), KAYA RUTH, 89, passed away peacefully on October 4 at The Sequoias in San Francisco. She was under hospice care after complications from a double stroke from which she never awoke. Kaya was born to Dr. Kay Jiro and Mrs. Kaoru (Okumura) Kitagawa on May 10, 1921. Her siblings were Kay Ichi, George, […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: For Maui Auntie ‘K’ and Uncle Ogi

About a month ago, my fishing mentor on Maui passed away. Uncle Ogi taught me the simple lessons of tying a fishing line, where to cast your bait in the surf, and what speed to reel the line. In fact, he even provided me with his own fishing lead, which he would produce after retrieving […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Interest in wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans continues

As time goes by, I am struck by the enduring interest in the WWII Japanese American concentration camp experience. I am still writing an occasional book review for an Asian American newspaper in Seattle, the International Examiner, and the books usually have some connection to the camps. For instance, the last two books I’ve been […]

Kabocha the key to Curry Cook-Off concoction

Carol Park-Li and her daughter Tamako had more than their fill of curry over the past several weeks, as the two experimented with various recipes in anticipation of a friendly competition. But in the end, mother appeared to know best as she ended up winning top honors at the eighth annual Japanese American Religious Federation […]

THE KAERU KID: The Other Brazil

In my younger days, I visited Brazil and attended Carnival in Rio, and it was as wild as advertised. Bikinis the size of dental floss worn on the beaches were not hard on the eyes, either. The trip included vists to Manaus, Bahia, Brasilia, Salvador and Iguazu Falls. Thinking the best of Brazil had been […]

Social hierarchy questioned in adaptation of Ishiguro’s ‘Never Let Me Go’

“Never Let Me Go,” an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel of the same name, is about as good as it can be as a two-hour film. The acting is top notch, as is the cinematography and art direction. The story is thought provoking, emotionally resonant and the characters are complex and well rendered. With the […]

Sugimoto Named Pasadena City College Vice President of College Advancement

PASADENA, Calif. — The Pasadena Area Community College District Board of Trustees recently announced the appointment of Dr. Lisa Sugimoto as Pasadena City College vice president of College Advancement. “I have made clear from the outset that I had hopes of persuading Dr. Sugimoto to stay on the PCC team and I am very happy […]

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