Archives for April 2011

OBITUARY: Kazuo Inouye

INOUYE, KAZUO, age 87, passed away December 12, 2010 in Walnut Creek. He was a California native, and a longtime resident of San Lorenzo. Mr. Inouye served our country in the Army, before going on to a 40-year career as a mechanical engineer. In his free time, he volunteered at Alta Bates, golfed and traveled. […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Big wave

大 (Oo, Dai or Ookii) means “big,” which is a form of a big person who is standing. 津 (Tsu) means “harbor or port, come in and come out,” which consists of two parts. The left represents water and the right is a person whose hand is holding a stick. Water in the harbor comes […]

Sansho: Pan-Asian pepper

One of the things I love almost as much as eating is taking photos. So it was that I found myself in Kyoto this past summer, snapping pic after identical pic of a stunning sunset. When I finally emerged from my singular focus I realized I’d lost track of my ever-patient translator (my sister). To […]

STRONG, GENTLE AND BEAUTIFUL: Judo master Keiko Fukuda’s legacy

2011 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Co-Grand Marshal Keiko Fukuda photo courtesy of Yuriko Gamo Romer   Despite being the highest ranking female judo master in the world, Keiko Fukuda is relentlessly modest. This year, at age 98, she was honored at the National Japanese American Historical Society awards dinner, and has been selected as […]

MASTER OF CEREMONIES: The Festival, through the eyes of the Parade’s voice

Since the early 1970s, George Yamasaki Jr. has been the voice of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. As emcee, Yamasaki narrates the Parade action as it runs its course — and has had plenty of experience thinking on his feet as floats stall or the order of participants changes without notice. Yamasaki, who […]

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