Archives for September 2011

SF:Kokoro Assisted Living free open house

Kokoro Assisted Living invites the community to a free open house from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at 1881 Bush St. (at Laguna) in S.F.’s Japantown. The event celebrates its 8th anniversary, and will honor the Japanese American Religious Federation (JARF) Churches and JARF Housing. Participants can tour the facility and sample Kokoro’s cuisine. Reservations or […]

OBITUARY: Yosh Hibino

Hibino, Yosh, 91, passed away on August 25, 2011 in Silver Spring, Md., two days shy of his 92nd birthday. Yosh, born in 1919, was raised in Berkeley, Calif., attended McKinley Grammar School, Willard Junior High School and Berkeley High. In high school he played football for the “Bees,” the “lightweight” team (maximum weight limit […]

Planning for a better SF Japantown neighborhood

San Francisco Japantown’s community members convened to discuss the Better Neighborhood Plan (BNP) draft proposals on the morning of Sept. 10. BNP organizers gave a quick presentation of the proposed draft plan to be submitted to the San Francisco Planning Department on Oct. 27. Close to 40 people attended the meeting, held at the Japanese […]

COMMENTARY: What IS the future of SF’s Japantown?

Dear Editor: San Francisco’s Japantown is one of three recognized Japantowns left in the United States. San Francisco’s Japantown in the Western Addition area of the City was decimated twice — first during WWII when Japanese Americans and Japanese nationals were sent to concentration camps; and second in the 1960s when the Redevelopment Agency declared […]

LETTERS: Grayce Uyehara in acrylic

Dear Editor, Grayce Uyehara is prominently featured in artist Alfred J. Smith’s acrylic painting “Crossings” (1986), which is hung in the [Walter E. Washington Convention Center] lobby area across from Room 140 on Level 1. The painting depicts community leaders crossing the street at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and M Street NW, Washington, D.C. […]

Hispanics and African Americans missing in gaming industry

The pixilated elephant in the room of the multi-billion dollar gaming industry: African Americans and Hispanics play and purchase video games more than any other ethnic group in the U.S., yet the overwhelming majority of characters in games are young white males. According to the video game industry, we don’t need another hero? A recent […]

Japanese Americans lead 9/11 10th anniversary memorial in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A diverse group of Americans gathered Sept. 9 for a 10th anniversary memorial of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at the Buddhist Church of Florin, a historic site where Japanese Americans once gathered in 1942 to learn of their impending imprisonment in American concentration camps. This time, however, the group gathered to […]

Japan mourns deaths of quake-tsunami victims on 6-month anniversary

SENDAI (Kyodo) — Residents in a wide area of northeastern Japan ravaged by the March 11 quake and tsunami held ceremonies on Sept. 11, the six-month anniversary, in memory of the victims of the massive calamities, offering silent prayers at 2:46 p.m., the time when the magnitude 9.0 temblor occurred. Others took part in a […]

CC: Shiko Kai California Kayo Show

The Shiko Kai California Kayo Show will feature special guests, the San Jose Chidori Band at the Bayside Performing Arts Center located at 2025 Kehoe Ave, San Mateo, Calif. at 1 p.m. Formed in 1953 to fulfill a need for Japanese Americans returning to the San Jose area after World War II, the band has […]

SF: “SF Aloha 5K”

The Japanese Community Youth Council will hold its inaugural “SF Aloha 5K” at Crissy Field in SF at 8:30 a.m. Runners/walkers of all abilities will be able to enjoy Hawaiian music, entertainment and aloha treats. Registration for the run has closed. Info: Contact Darryl at (415) 202-7916, fax (415) 921-1841 or e-mail

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