Archives for April 2012

CARRYING ON A TRADITION: The history of the festival’s portable shrines

Every year, one of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival’s biggest highlights is the taru mikoshi, one of the entrants in the Grand Parade. The mikoshi is a portable Shinto shrine, which a deity is believed to inhabit. Legend has it that shaking the shrine spreads its blessing. The San Francisco Taru Mikoshi Ren leads […]

IAIDO: Self improvement through swords

“How useful is a Japanese sword in 2012? If anyone says it’s of practical use, then they really need to get themselves checked,” says Andrej Diamantstein. Instead of personal defense, Diamantstein, the head of the Nishi Kaigan Iaido Dojo, describes iaido, the art of drawing a sword to defend against a surprise attack, as a […]

OBITUARY: Dorothy Shigeko Nomiyama

NOMIYAMA, DOROTHY SHIGEKO passed away on January 27 at the age of 94. She was born in Alameda, Calif. on January 1, 1918. Dorothy is survived by daughter, Cheryl Hayame, son, Ken Nomiyama, daughter-in-law, Daynad five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Also sister, Kay Matsutani, brother, Frank Nomiyama and in the U.S., brothers-in-law, Tim Nomiyama and Seigo […]

San Francisco Murder of Five Spotlights Asian Gambling Addiction

What drove Binh Thai Luc, 35, to be charged on March 27 with slaying five people in a San Francisco home on March 23? The grisly murders have rocked the city and left investigators and the public searching for a motive. “We’re not discussing any potential motive for these killings,” stated Omid Talai, spokesman for […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Looking into the ‘great unknown’

Today’s installment offers a different kind of look into the “great unknown,” by unraveling some of the mystery surrounding how I do my research. Probably the question that readers of my column most often ask — sometimes with flattering wonder in their voices — is how and where I collect the wide-ranging bits of information […]

Hunger Games v. Battle Royale: Deja vu in simplification

No. No, no, no, no, no. For once, I will step out of my normal realm of being ironic and trite to give a solid argument on something that has been bothering me for the past few weeks. Hunger Games v. Battle Royale “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins and “Battle Royale” By Koushun Takami […]

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