Archives for November 2012

Coaches’ Circle class includes Roseville’s Goto

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Roseville resident George Goto, who led Placer College to the state championship in 1950 and went on to coach successful teams at Roseville High School and Sierra College, was one of 10 inductees into the new Basketball Alumni Coaches’ Circle at Sacramento State. Honored on Oct. 18 at the Alumni Center on campus, […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Gadgets for the wine lovers and chefs in your life

For the wino in your life, may I suggest several wine gadgets: The Durand corkscrew It’s a little pricey at $125. OK, make that very pricey, but it combines the best of a standard corkscrew and Ah-So bladed cork extractor. It isn’t needed for every bottle of wine, but it shines with older bottles of […]

OBITUARY: Asao Arthur Sawada

SAWADA, ASAO ARTHUR, 89, died Oct. 13, 2012. He is survived by his son, Haruo; sister, Mitsuye Okubo; niece, Susan (Steve) Matsuura; nephew, Chris Okubo; niece, Nora (Kevin) Dickey; brother, Saburo; sisters, Midori Ishida and Clare Bishop. A memorial service was held Oct. 26 at the Buddhist Church of San Francisco.

Movie-featured Japanese American painter Mirikitani dies at 92

NEW YORK (Kyodo) — Tsutomu “Jimmy” Mirikitani, a Japanese American painter featured in the documentary movie “The Cats of Mirikitani,” has died from complications stemming from brain hemorrhage at a New York hospital, the movie’s producer said. He was 92. A second-generation Japanese American born in 1920 in California, Mirikitani returned to his father’s hometown […]

OBITUARY: Yoshie (nee Takagi) Iwasaki

IWASAKI, YOSHIE (nee TAKAGI), 103, passed peacefully on Oct. 4, 2012 at home in West Sacramento. Predeceased by husband, Nathan; and son, Richard. Survived by daughters, Phyllis Iwasaki and Jane (Morris) Kosakura; and daughter-in-law, Gwen Iwasaki. Grandchildren, Ryan (Cheryl) Kosakura, Keith (Grace) Kosakura, Julie (Tony) Wang and Lisa Iwasaki. Great-granddaughters, Kelli, Emi and Miya Kosakura.

OBITUARY: Toshiko (Osaki) Mizuiri

MIZUIRI, TOSHIKO (OSAKI) passed away peacefully on October 12, 2012. During her 90 years, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, sewing, crocheting, knitting, visiting friends, going to the casino, rooting for the SF Giants and watching the Lawrence Welk Show. She was a member of the church’s Fujinkai and the Soko Hiroshima Kenjinkai. Toshiko […]

FULL COUNT: Giants win and offseason begins

On Oct. 28, the Giants completed their historic four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers, bringing San Francisco its second World Series title in three years. Although there were no Japanese players in the Fall Classic, assistant trainer Taira Uematsu and team acupuncturist Haro Ogawa earned their second rings as members of the Giants staff. The […]

Longtime Yorozu gift store owner, Eugene Hirohisa Okada passes on, leaves legacy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Eugene Okada at the Yorozu store on Riverside. Okada died Sept. 21. He was 93. Okada was the last owner of the Yorozu, which has been family owned and operated for almost 100 years. The longtime owner of the Yorozu Japanese gift store on Riverside Boulevard, Eugene Hirohisa Okada, died in his […]

Pioneering Nisei writer and physician, Yasuo Sasaki, fought for reproductive freedom

(Editor’s Note: This is the second installment of a two-part series on the career of Dr. Yasuo Sasaki). In the years after World War II, the Sasaki family settled in Covington, Ky. Sasaki’s wife Lily painted and made clay figurines, and cared for Mimi and for their son Brian, born after Lily’s release from camp. […]

One Nikkei’s eco-conscious view of the world

Closer to the Ground: An Outdoor Family’s Year on the Water, in the Woods, and at the Table By Dylan Tomine (Reno, Nev.: Patagonia Books, 2012, $29.95, 228 pp., hardcover) Once a upon a time, Dylan Tomine, like the majority of us, was just another cog in the corporate wheel. He got up before dawn, […]

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