Archives for November 2010

Symposium reveals the history of U.S.-Japan cultural exchange in SF

Imagine the world without San Francisco. We could not wear jeans by Levi Strauss, or celebrate the long-awaited championship of the San Francisco Giants. Most importantly, Nikkei history and the relationship between the U.S. and Japan, which originated in the Kanrin Maru’s voyage to San Francisco 150 years ago, would have been much different. The […]

Three to receive medals of honor from the Japanese government

Two Japanese and one American residing in Northern and Central California will receive kunsho, or medals of honor from Japan, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco announced Nov. 5. This fall’s Japanese recipients of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays are Shigeru Kimura of San Francisco and Keizo Norimoto […]

American River Conservancy acquires Wakamatsu Colony site

COLOMA, Calif. — The American River Conservancy (ARC) on Nov. 1 purchased the 272 acre Gold Hill Ranch, site of the historic Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony, located a mile south of Coloma and the Marshall Gold State Historic Park. This ranch is described as “an interesting mosaic of springs, streams, wetlands, blue and live […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Selfish Desires

ji ko yoku 自(ji) means “own.” This character comes from the shape of a person’s nose.  己 (ko or onore) means “self.” This character represents a person who is bending down. 欲 (yoku) means “desire” and consists of two parts; the left side is the shape of a valley and the right side is a […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The Gochiso Gourmet’s reluctant gift guide

I’ve lost some of that feel-good anticipation and Christmas cheer that I used to experience as a child. While I haven’t converted completely to the Grinch or Ebenezer Scrooge, I’m not exactly the Ghost of Christmas Present come December. Perhaps part of this stems from the commercialization (or over commercialization) of Christmas. Maybe it’s seeing […]

JA officer promoted to high U.S. Navy rank

Another significant chapter in the long and distinguished history of Japanese Americans serving in the U.S. Armed Forces was added with the recent promotion of Navy officer David M. Boone. With his promotion to the rank of rear admiral, he becomes the 43rd military officer of Japanese descent and the 100th military officer of Asian […]

OBITUARY: David Tambara

TAMBARA, DAVID 57, of San Francisco died suddenly on October 23, 2010 at Daly City Seton Hospital. He was born on May 1, 1953 in Sacramento to Hiroshi and June Tambara. He was raised and educated in San Francisco graduating from George Washington High School in 1971. He also went on to attend City College […]

OBITUARY: Miyuki “Miki” (Mochida) Hirano

HIRANO, MIYUKI “MIKI” (MOCHIDA), 74, passed away on October 23, 2010 in Reno, Nevada. She was born on April 29, 1936 in Oakland, Calif. She is survived by daughter Kathleen Diane Chang; son Michael (Mona) Hirano; grandchildren Ryan, Justin and Tiffany Hirano and Harry Chang; sisters Satsuki Ward, Kikue Mochida, Kayoko (Arthur) Ikuma, Hiroko Mochida […]

OBITUARY: Edward Aya Endow

ENDOW, EDWARD AYAO, 95, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2010 in Stockton after a brief illness. He was born in Ogden, Utah on November 23, 1914. He is survived by Bernice, his wife of 58 years, sons Jon (Joanne), Curt (Irene), Tom (Suzie) and Pete (Phyllis) and his sister Nori Imagawa. He was preceded […]

The Great Unknown and the Unknown Great: ISSEI WOMEN: Shio Sakanishi, a pioneering figure in education

In April 1939, the writer Edward Larocque Tinker offered a laudatory account in his New York Times column of a new book “The Spirit of the Brush,” an anthology of commentaries on art by Chinese classical painters between 367 A.D. and 960 A.D. Tinker noted that the editor of the collection, Dr. Shio Sakanishi, was […]

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