Archives for February 2011

SF Japantown district supervisor to run for sheriff as predecessor named Adachi’s chief assistant

As District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi threw his hat into the ring for the seat held for 31 years by San Francisco Sheriff Mike Hennessey, the predecessor of Mirkarimi’s district representing Japantown was surprisingly named the chief assistant to Public Defender Jeff Adachi. Former San Francisco supervisor, mayoral candidate, and U.S. vice presidential candidate Matt […]

THE KAERU KID: Honduras, still poor but with a wealth of natural beauty (Part 2)

  Note: This is the second of a two-part column. The first part was published in the Feb. 10-16, 2011 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly.   My next destination was Roatan. My scuba diving friends raved about diving there, with its location close to the second largest barrier reef in the world after Australia. […]

Aiko Yoshinaga-Herzing receives Lifetime Achievement Award

In keeping with its tradition of recognizing leaders in the Asian Pacific American community, Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) presented a Lifetime Achievement Award at the conference’s opening session. Aiko Yoshinaga-Herzig received the award for her work in the Redress Movement and her promotion of civil rights. Along with some 120,000 other persons […]

Japan establishes a secret intelligence unit: WikiLeaks

SYDNEY — Japan has established a secret foreign intelligence unit for the first time since World War II to spy on China and North Korea and gather information to prevent a terrorist attack, according to an Australian report on Feb. 21 citing whistleblower Website WikiLeaks. The Sydney Morning Herald and other Fairfax newspapers said a […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT, The life and times of Hisaye Yamamoto: writer, activist, speaker

Hisaye Yamamoto, who died on Jan. 30, 2011 at the age of 89, remains known primarily as a literary artist, a crafter of powerful short fiction — such as her signature stories “Seventeen Syllables” and “Yoneko’s Earthquake” — as well as assorted newspaper columns. Yet the story of her development as a writer is less […]

A’s welcome Matsui with Godzilla figure

Toyo Miyatake relief dedication held in LA

LOS ANGELES — The Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS) commemorated the installation of a full-size bronze relief and a street dedication to Toyo Miyatake at the Sakura Crossing apartments on San Pedro Street between Second and Third streets on Feb. 10 in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. The event included members of the Miyatake family, representatives of […]

Hot Gimmicky Schemes: Calculators

According to a release from Bandai and Sharp, a new calculator will be hitting Japan’s shelves in March. It won’t support trigonometric equations; it won’t computate cubic roots; but it does have President Shima Kosaku (and a cellphone strap). Stop right there. Sharp is making a calculator, where the only saving grace is that it […]

Book Reviews of Inconsequence

I would like to take a moment to tell you about something I aim to do. This is to save me from having to say, over and over, what this little segment is about. This will be a series of book reviews you will most likely not care about. Okay, you might care about it, […]

Kabocha squash soup: Accidentally vegan, intentionally delicious!

For as much kabocha squash as I’ve eaten, I’ve never thought to wonder about its origins. It is easily the most popular squash in Japanese cooking and is used in everything from savory dishes like tempura and stews, to sweet dishes like pastries and even ice cream. It is so popular in fact that, although […]

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