Archives for March 2012

Great East Japan Earthquake commemoration events and fundraisers

Editor’s Note: This is not a comprehensive list. Saturday, March 10 Tatsumaki Taiko will perform at Berkeley Bowl, at 920 Heinz Ave. in Berkeley, Calif., from 1 to 3 p.m. Info: (510) 548-3508. Inori 311/Rise Japan presents “‘Akashi’: Candlelight Vigil Ceremony” from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at the Peace Plaza at Post and Buchanan streets […]

Our country’s failure to stop hazing in the military

The U.S. military failed Lance Corporal Harry Lew and his grieving family, my constituents. On April 3, 2011, LCpl Lew took his own life shortly after enduring over three hours of alleged hazing and aggressive treatment from his fellow Marines. On Feb. 24, the final court-martial concluded for the third Marine charged in the Lew […]

Feinstein seeks to amend National Defense Authorization Act

On Feb. 29, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced legislation to amend the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The act, which allocates funding to the nation’s military and its activities, includes provisions that authorize the “indefinite detention” of American citizens suspected of terrorism without charge or trial. Feinstein, who opposed the bill last December with another […]

OBITUARY: Yoshiko “Yoie” Katayanagi Takahashi

TAKAHASHI, YOSHIKO “YOIE” KATAYANAGI passed away peacefully with family by her side in Moraga, CA on February 3, 2012.  She was 91 years old. Yoshiko was born on February 18, 1920 in Berkeley, the daughter of the late Seisaku and Tokuko Katayanagi of Richmond.  She was a graduate of Richmond High. She helped her parents […]

Battle Royale Adapted for Live Theater in the Philippines

Now no matter what they do with the American remake, we’ll always at least have this. I seriously have to remember to check Twitch much, much more often. From their site: “Filipino theater troupe Sipat Lawin Ensemble have teamed up with Australian playwrights David Finnigan, Jordan Prosser, Sam Burns-Warr, and Georgie McAuley to create a […]

Aziz Ansari Tour Dates Announced

Tickets for Ansari’s “Buried Alive” standup tour can be purchased here.

SF: Kumano kimono presentation

The Mi-Kumano Multilingual Guide Association will host a presentation on guided eco-tourism in the UNESCO World Heritage area of Kumano, Japan, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Japan Information Center, 50 Fremont St., Suite 2200, in S.F. Bilingual guides from Japan will introduce the Kumano Kodo, a network of ancient pilgrimage route trails connecting […]

Nikkei bridge the digital, generational divide

Youth and seniors are slowly bridging the gap between the community through a series of workshops that are being held at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC). The Digital Leadership Program’s classes encourage senior citizens to embrace technology, and allow San Francisco Japantown’s youth to develop their communication skills. The classroom […]

S.F. DOR remembers civil rights icon Hirabayashi, urges vigilance

On Feb. 19, hundreds gathered at the Bay Area Day of Remembrance (DOR), which was held at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco’s Japantown, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. The order, signed by then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, authorized the mass incarceration of some 120,000 Nikkei during World […]

A ‘Secret’ worthy of the Ghibli name

“The Secret World of Arrietty” (playing in theaters now, dubbed in English) is a new Studio Ghibli film, and neither Hayao Miyazaki nor Isao Takahata directed it. Animation fans know that this can be bad news; such Ghibli films have proved to be embarrassments to the esteemed studio. But fortunately that’s far from the case […]

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