Archives for May 2011

A SHOW OF HAPPINESS: Tomoko Maruyama at the Market Street Gallery

In spring 2008, Tomoko Maruyama moved to San Francisco with no job or connections — just the goal of making a living as an artist and designer in the city that inspired her most. Three years later, Maruyama has achieved success as a commercial designer; her products, from T-shirts to calendars, are sold at museums, […]

How to aid relief efforts in Northern Japan (a partial list)

Los Gatos, Calif. Artist talk with Ken Matsumoto Saturday, June 4 The Iwasawa Oriental Art gallery and Japan Society of Northern California will host a relief benefit for the people of Japan. Sculptor Ken Matsumoto will give an exclusive meet-and-greet event and a lecture at 2:30 p.m. at Iwasawa Oriental Art, 75 University Ave. Admission […]

Fundraising campaign to host celebration for honorees of Congressional Gold Medal

The National Veterans Network (NVN) has begun a fundraising campaign to support a two-day celebration event in Washington, D.C. in late fall to commemorate the awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal to the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Military Intelligence Service members from World War II (WWII) — three groups composed entirely […]

Community meetings to address draft Better Neighborhood Plan

The Japantown Organizing Committee will hold three large community meetings to educate the community and receive input on the draft Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan, which will outline the vision of San Francisco’s Japantown. For the past year, the Japantown Organizing Committee has been conducting subcommittee meetings to review the draft Plan written in 2009. The […]

A visit to the White House

  The following commentary features reflections by poet and author Hiroshi Kashiwagi upon being invited to “An Evening of Poetry” at the White House, which showcased the impact of poetry on American culture.   It was a windfall event, unexpected and surreal, especially the jaw-dropping reaction of the people. “You mean the White House?” “Yes.” […]

OBITUARY: Fujiko Virginia Okamoto

OKAMOTO, FUJIKO VIRGINIA, affectionately known as “Fudge” to her family and friends, passed away peacefully at home on May 7, 2011. Fudge was a lifelong resident of San Jose, except for a three-year period during World War II. She and her family were relocated to the Heart Mountain, Wyoming internment camp with other residents of […]

San Jose Japantown’s Nikkei Matsuri shares Japanese heritage

SAN JOSE — Offering a mix of art, food, and entertainment, the 34th annual Nikkei Matsuri drew swarms of people to San Jose’s Japantown on May 1. The drumbeats of San Jose Taiko filled the air as shoppers perused vendor booths and diners feasted on teriyaki burgers and Spam musubi. Other activities included Yu-Ai Kai […]

How to help survivors in Northern Japan (a partial list)

San Francisco Thursday, May 19 Art at Night: Chinatown benefit for the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund The Chinese Culture Center will present its first installment of “Art at Night,” a series dedicated to providing the community with space to enjoy art and food while contributing to various causes, held at Hilton San Francisco Financial […]

OBITUARY: Kaoru Yoshifuji

YOSHIFUJI, KAORU, 97, passed away peacefully at Kokoro Assisted Living on May 5, 2011. He is survived by his children Rosie (Gerry) McCormick, Karen (Tom) Boyden and Richard Yoshifuji; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sisters Hideko Kawahara of Fukuoka Ken Japan, Mineko Takata, Yaeko Tondo, brother-in-law Anthony and sister Noriko Matsuda and many nieces and […]

Honda introduces bill to end immigration law discrimination

WASHINGTON — Rep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose) on May 5 introduced the Reuniting Families Act in the House of Representatives, which according to his office, would help “ensure that visas are allocated efficiently, while alleviating lengthy wait times that keep legal immigrants, and their loved ones overseas, separated for years.” The bill also eliminates discrimination […]

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