Archives for July 2011

So Cal: Calvin Abe talk

Calvin Abe, a landscape architect and public artist, in conjunction with his exhibit, “Ojama,” will talk at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center’s Garden Room, 244 South San Pedro St., L.A., at 1 p.m. Admission: $20, $18 for seniors and students, and $15 JACCC members. Info: Gavin Kelley, (213) 628-2725

OBITUARY: Jean Yaeko Koda

KODA, YAYEKO JEAN died quietly in Turlock, Calif. on July 13, 2011. Born on March 19, 1919, she was 92 years old. Keen businesswoman, role model, green thumb, bridge player, karaoke enthusiast and Tai chi devotee, Jean can be remembered for many such attributes, but perhaps none so much as her fierce devotion to family. […]

OBITUARY: Yukio A. “Yuk” Hibino

HIBINO, YUKIO, A. “YUK,” a Berkeley-born 90-year-old Nisei and Gardena resident, passed away on July 7, 2011. As a youth in the Bay Area, Yuk excelled in basketball, baseball and football. He was a student at UC Berkeley when World War II began and his family was interned at Topaz, Utah. Yuk served in the […]

OBITUARY: June Matsuda Kishi

KISHI, JUNE MATSUDA, 88, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on July 3, 2011 at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, at Fellowship Village, 8000 Fellowship Road in Basking Ridge, N.J., 07920. June was born in […]

Keiro vies for new Toyota

LOS ANGELES — Keiro Senior HealthCare (Keiro Services), a nonprofit organization that aids and empowers elderly Nikkei in the area, is one of 500 finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program. The program plans to award 100 nonprofit organizations with cars. Voting will be held during the course of 100 days on Toyota’s Facebook […]

COPING WITH KIDNEY FAILURE: Retired San Jose teacher seeks donor

A mother, retired school teacher and caretaker to those around her, Robin Ohara is as giving as she is compassionate. Now in her greatest time of need, however, those closest to her are unable to give her what she needs the most: a kidney transplant. Today, more than 26 million Americans over the age of […]

Community club members to reunite Oct. 15

The San Francisco Japantown “All Clubs” Reunion invites members of social, scout and athletic clubs from the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s to reconnect with old friends and reminisce on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter St. in Japantown. Admission costs […]

All’s not quiet on the ‘Homefront’

I’m surprised, to say the least, that there is a total lack of condemnation about THQ’s “Homefront.” After going through a full play- through of the game’s solo mode, I wondered why no one spoke up about just how propagandistic and vile this game really is. “Homefront,” released earlier this year, tells the story of […]

Genki Mail brings hope to young survivors

KESENNUMA, Japan — Japanese children in the disaster-hit northeast of the country are feeling encouraged by more than 7,000 notes of hope that were written by elementary students throughout the United States and distributed to shelters and schools in Miyagi and Iwate prefectures. “I am happy to know that people in America have been thinking […]

THE KAERU KID: The Kaeru Kid ventures into the Middle East (part 1 of 2)

While I have visited the Middle Eastern countries of Saudi Arabia, Israel, Egypt, Cyprus and Turkey in the past, there were still many other countries in that area that looked inviting. Regional conflicts, however, seemed to make certain areas too risky. I wish I had visited Iraq when it was still safe to do so. […]

Kyplex Cloud Security Seal - Click for Verification