Archives for November 2010

Nearly deported nursing student gets tearful welcome

Friends and loved ones of a City College of San Francisco nursing student celebrated his return from an Arizona detention facility Nov. 23. Shing Ma “Steve” Li, 20, was arrested at his San Francisco home on Sept. 15 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents after authorities discovered he was in the country illegally. The […]

Monument to a Nikkei Bakery, Goya Advocacy and the Other Senses

Conventional wisdom dictates that our senses — sight, sound, smell, taste and touch — have a hierarchy. Sight is at the top of the list, with sound running a close second. Today, the technology to capture sight and sound are readily available to the average consumer. These senses are widely considered the most important in […]

OBITUARY: William Hohri

William Minoru Hohri, writer, civil rights activist and lead plaintiff in the National Council for Japanese American Redress (NCJAR) class action lawsuit, passed away on Friday, Nov. 12. He was 83. “I loved him dearly and will miss him terribly,” said wife Yuriko Katayama Hohri. “He was a good man.” Had Hohri lived to March, […]

JAMsj museum shop offers array of holiday gifts

The Japanese American Museum of San Jose’s (JAMsj) store offers a treasure trove of gifts for every person on your holiday list. Items range from cards and clothing to jewelry and books. The majority of items sold in the store were created by Japanese American artists. Cards ($4) Colorful wooden kokeshi dolls are among the […]

Unforgettable gifts from Japan for under $50 (not including shipping)

Once you reach a certain age, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you will receive one or more of the following as gifts: a soap and loofah gift set… wine… assorted chocolates… a mug. While these gifts are practical and generally enjoyed by most people, they are, regrettably, forgettable. Why spend money on gifts that have […]

Gifts from Nichi Bei Bussan for under $50

Nichi Bei Bussan has a wide variety of Japanese gifts including traditional dishware, martial arts apparel, unique collectibles and a fantastic selection of books. Japanese Camera Case ($7.95) Give a unique and useful gift with fun Japanese flair! These soft-shell Japanese fabric carrying cases can be used as camera holders for the photographer in the […]

Gifts from Nikkei Traditions for under $50

Nikkei Traditions has modern Japanese gift ideas with Hawaiian flair, including music, DVDs, fashion and even snack items! Nikkei Traditions’ newest line of products has gone green! Check out these three eco-friendly gift ideas, along with several other great present possibilities. Water Bottles ($19-$22) Plastic water bottles not only increase our carbon footprint, they add […]

Wakamatsu lands spot on Blue Jays bench

The Toronto Blue Jays announced Nov. 8 that former Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu — the first Asian American to manage a major league club — will serve as the team’s bench coach for the 2011 season under new manager John Farrell. Wakamatsu has also been selected as one of several candidates slated to interview […]

Lotte wins Game 7 to take Japan Series title

NAGOYA — Yoshifumi Okada hit a tiebreaking RBI triple in the 12th inning as the persistent Lotte Marines prevailed to beat the Chunichi Dragons 8-7 in Game 7 to clinch their first Japan Series title in five years on Nov. 7. The Marines, who won the series four games to two with one tie, became […]

Cooking event raises funds for Kokoro

Supporters of Kokoro Assisted Living gathered at the facility in San Francisco’s Japantown on Nov. 6 for “Cooking from the Heart,” a fundraising event featuring cooking demonstrations and tastings by three local chefs. The event, now in its second year, helps raise both awareness and funds for the facility. “Having the event at Kokoro puts […]

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