Archives for July 2011

SORTING THROUGH THE AFTERMATH: Consul General of Japan reflects upon disaster

In September 2010, Hiroshi Inomata was appointed consul general of Japan in San Francisco. Just six months after his arrival, Japan was hit by a major national disaster, devastating areas of Northern Japan and causing energy and radiation concerns throughout the country. In the months since the earthquake and tsunami, Inomata and his staff have […]

UC Berkeley library awarded grants for Japanese American WWII projects

In late June, the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley was awarded two grants from the National Park Service to fund the digitization of its collection of materials related to the experiences of Japanese Americans during World War II and the creation of a series of oral histories focused on the concentration camps. […]

HUMANITARIAN MISSION: Doctors make biennial medical visit to hibakusha

As part of the ongoing dedication to hibakusha, survivors of the atomic bombings during World War II, the 18th biennial medical examinations of American survivors of Japanese and Korean descent was held on July 16 and 17 at the Sister Mary Philippa Health Center at St. Mary’s Medical Center San Francisco. Since 1977, the Hiroshima […]

The B’z leave The Fillmore abuzz

Friday, July 22 was a typical chilly San Francisco summer evening, but The Fillmore heated up quickly with more than 1,000 fans eager to see the Japanese rock band B’z. This was their second gig on their North American tour, “B’z LIVE-GYM 2011 -long time no see-.” This two-man band, one of the biggest rock […]

Anpanman theme park opens in quake-hit Sendai

  SENDAI (Kyodo) — A theme park featuring Anpanman, one of the most popular Japanese anime series for young children, opened July 22 in Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture, after the March 11 earthquake delayed its opening for three months. The “Sendai Anpanman Children’s Museum and Mall,” a two-story facility on 7,000-square-meter premises, was initially set […]

Students act as bridge to Japan on memorial trip

When a major earthquake and tsunami devastated Northern Japan, claiming thousands of lives and wiping out entire towns, the world watched in horror. In Indiana, Alex Kessler, who had earlier that evening said goodbye to a visitor from Japan, was struck by the images of people crying. Kayla Lindsey, who attends a Japanese school in […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The Pig and the Lady

I first heard of this “restaurant” from one of the 50th’s original food bloggers, Reid of Ono Kine Grindz. I use the term “restaurant” lightly as The Pig and the Lady is a “pop-up” restaurant, meaning they utilize the space of a pre-existing restaurant during its off hours. This concept is not new, pop-up restaurants […]

A tribute to John Tanaka, a Renaissance Man

Sometimes in life you meet a person who is a one-of-a-kind renaissance man. That best describes my father-in-law, John Shigeyuki Tanaka, who passed away on June 28, 2011. He was 88 years old. John was a Nisei, an inventor, a military man, a businessman, an author and a food connoisseur. In his 80s, he became […]

HELPING NORTHERN JAPAN RECOVER: A community effort raises $3.5 million for disaster-hit regions

The great Tohoku earthquake and tsunami ravaged the eastern shoreline of Japan while many in the United States were asleep on March 11. Japan had been prepared for earthquakes and tsunami, a fact of life living on an island nation on the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire, but nothing of this caliber. The earthquake […]

Japan beats U.S. to seal Women’s World Cup fairytale

FRANKFURT (Kyodo) — Saki Kumagai completed a fairytale finish with the decisive spot kick as Japan stunned the United States 3-1 on penalties to win the Women’s World Cup for the first time after a 2-2 draw in extra time in the July 17 final in Frankfurt. Tournament MVP Homare Sawa forced penalties with an […]

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