Archives for March 2012

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Chardonnay by the gallon

Last month, Chuck Furuya arranged a blind tasting of chardonnay at Vino Italian Tapas and Wine Bar (500 Ala Moana Blvd., Restaurant Row, Honolulu), mainly for several vintners who were in town for The Kahala Hotel and Resort’s For The Love of Wine Festival. The instructions were simple: Bring one bottle of chardonnay per person, […]

Moving to the international rhythm of Jin Akanishi

Jin Akanishi, well known in Japan as a former member of boy band KAT-TUN and as a solo artist, set foot in America in 2010 for the “Yellow Gold 3010 Tour.” He returns this month for a five-city tour across the United States following the success of his singles, “Test Drive” and “Sun Burns Down.” […]

For Chen and Lew, Linsanity came too late

On a recent Sunday morning, I was glued to the boob tube watching a professional basketball game from the opening jump ball to the last waning second. Haven’t done this for years, but suddenly I too have been swept up by the global phenomenon of Linsanity. By now, everybody knows Linsanity refers to Jeremy Lin, […]

Sikh family receives death threat again

When a Sikh family in Sterling, Va. received a death threat in the form of a letter addressed to “Turban family,” on Feb. 28, it was not the family’s first experience with religiously motivated threats to their safety. They had seen a hate letter of this kind, demanding that the family leave the country or […]

S.F. J-Town group spearheads redistricting campaign

Every 10 years, the federal government conducts the national census. Once it has been completed, the San Francisco Director of Elections must determine whether the existing supervisorial districts meet the legal requirements. If the existing districts no longer comply with these legal requirements, the Redistricting Task Force (RTF) must redraw the 11 supervisorial district lines. […]

OBITUARY: Mitsugi Ota

OTA, MITSUGI, of Riverside, Calif., formerly from San Francisco, passed away on February 17, 2012. He was 95. He was the beloved husband of Kyoko. He is survived by his brother and spouse, Shigeru and Haru Ota; daughter and son and their spouses, Machiko & Jerry Domoto and Koichi & Marlene Ota; grandchildren, Jeffrey & […]

OBITUARY: Mitsuko Nakahara

NAKAHARA, MITSUKO passed away March 11, 2012, at the age of 85. A native of Japan, Mitsuko had resided in Oakland for over 60 years. A loving wife and mother, she was also active in the Konko Church of North America. Preceded in death by her husband, Wataru Tommy Nakahara, Mitsuko is survived by her […]

Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen candidates announced

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival unveiled its 2012 Queen candidates and presented a festival preview at San Francisco’s Japantown on March 10. The yearly event, set to take place over two weekends in April, will crown the new queen on April 14 at the annual Queen Program. Benh Nakajo, program chairperson, called the introduction […]

As we rebuild, will people remember us?

In a few days, Miyagi Prefecture and all of Japan will mark the one-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. During this past year, we have had a number of foreign visitors to Miyagi, who have all expressed their surprise at how fast the area has cleaned up. My family and I visit my […]

HOPE AMID THE DISASTERS: One year later, Ishinomaki survivors continue to persevere

ISHINOMAKI, Japan — As students bustled through the many hallways, corridors and buildings at Ishinomaki Senshu University in December 2011, tangible reminders of the Great East Japan Earthquake were difficult to find on the hilltop campus, which escaped much of the damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami that struck nine months earlier. Many of […]

Kyplex Cloud Security Seal - Click for Verification