Archives for October 2011

OBITUARY: Tsugiko “Sue” Holdaway

HOLDAWAY, TSUGIKO, “SUE,” 90, longtime resident of San Francisco, passed away peacefully at her home on October 23, 2011. She is survived by her sisters Masuko Sato, Marge Fujimoto, Kay Sato, nephew Mark Fujimoto, niece Renee (Glenn) Tanaka and grandnephews Ryan and Michael Tanaka.  She was preceded in death by her husband Lorne Holdaway and […]

OBITUARY: Kay Cooper

COOPER, KAY, 77, of San Ramon, died peacefully at home on Sept. 27, 2011. Daughter of Nobukichi Takakuwa & Yuki Mabel (Nakahara) Takakuwa. Survived by her sons Scott & Jeff Cooper, granddaughter Cassidy Cooper & siblings Yoshio Takakuwa, May Kimura, Tomi Gyotoku, Michi Lai. Preceded in death by her husband Leonard and son Jonathan Cooper. […]

Petition launched to rename Arizona park to commemorate wartime incarceration

CHANDLER, Ariz. — The city of Chandler, Ariz. drafted plans for “Nozomi Park” in 2005, but has since suspended indefinitely its plans due to budgeting shortfalls. The 70-acre park was meant to honor those of Japanese descent who were incarcerated in the state during World War II. The park’s name, which means “hope” in Japanese, […]

Japanese American Religious Federation holds Curry Cook-off for relief

With a mix of seasoned entrants and first-timers, five curry cooks vied for top honors at the Japanese American Religious Federation’s ninth annual Curry Cook-Off in San Francisco’s Japantown on Oct. 15. The cook-off is the primary annual fundraiser for the Japanese American Religious Federation (JARF), a consortium of 12 churches that serve the Japanese […]


We are experiencing problems with the U.S. Post Office delivery, as witnessed by several complaints we have received from a number of you. The Nichi Bei Weekly is mailed out every Wednesday night, and if all goes well, most members in the Bay Area should receive their paper on Thursday or Friday. We have received […]

Agent Orange Studies Overlook Vietnamese Americans

A few years ago, my father, a former naval officer in the South Vietnamese Army, developed liver cancer. The diagnosis followed decades of struggle with Hepatitis C, a viral infection he contracted through a blood transfusion during the war. A liver transplant saved his life. More than two years since the operation, and my father’s […]

Alzheimer’s Disease: An overlooked killer

Kimochi Inc., a San Francisco Japantown-based nonprofit that provides culturally sensitive care to San Francisco’s seniors, invited the Alzheimer’s Association to present on the disease during a community event. Through a PowerPoint presentation at an event held in Japantown July 18, Edie Yau, director of diversity and inclusion for the association, described the disease, which […]

San Francisco’s ‘jewel’ shines at grand opening of Jack Hirose Tea House

Since Carol Murata took over as the concessionaire of the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in 2009, the destination point has experienced a brilliant renovation, thanks in large part to a generous donation from late philanthropist Jack Hirose. Murata aims to provide an authentic and attractive locale for visitors. The tea […]

HEALTHY AGING: Senior services for Japanese Americans in California

The Nikkei community is aging, and as Sansei and even Yonsei enter their 60s, aging issues have become all the more urgent. California, with its high concentration of Japanese Americans, has numerous services and entities dedicated to aiding aging seniors through the concept of “Healthy Aging.” The Administration on Aging (AOA), a part of the […]

Judo master, 98, is of healthy mind and spirit

Keiko Fukuda, at the age of 98, continues to practice judo, an art she has honed for more than 70 years. While she is often confined to a wheelchair, following a health checkup in May, her doctor described her as healthy as can be. According to her friend and caregiver, Shelley Fernandez, Fukuda has survived […]

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