Archives for March 2013

2013 Northern Calif. Cherry Blossom Queen Program candidates announced

The five candidates who will compete for the title of Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen were introduced to the public for the first time on Saturday, March 16 at the Union Bank Community Room in San Francisco’s Japantown. Michiko Marie Maggi, Jamie Sachiko Martyn, Tiffany Sieu Okimura, Kimberly Miya Sasaki and Kelly Yuka Walton will […]

OBITUARY: Tom Yukitake Fujimoto

FUJIMOTO, TOM YUKITAKE, 87, passed suddenly at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento, Calif. on Feb. 11, 2013. Preceded in death by his wife, Amie; parents, Tohei & Kayo Fujimoto; and brothers, George & Frank. He is survived by son, Michael (Donna); daughters, Susan (Terry) Young & Lori (Rick) Kurosaka; granddaughter, Stephanie; two sisters, Stella Otsuka […]


“How do you take a sick pig to the hospital?” “In a hambulance!” “What did the pig say when he was sick?” “Call the hambulance!” OK, I’m not talkin’ about that kind of ham. The ham that I’m speakin’ of is of the cured pork persuasion: Savory, salty and useful in a wide range of […]

FULL COUNT: Classic upsets in spring baseball

In a major upset, two-time defending champion Japan lost to Puerto Rico 3-1 in the World Baseball Classic semifinal at AT&T Park on March 17 before a crowd of 33,683. The Samurai were held hitless through three innings by Puerto Rican starter Mario Santiago, a career minor-leaguer. Japanese starter Kenta Maeda gave up just one […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Thank you very much

有 (ari or yuu) means “to have or to possess,” which has two parts. The top lines represent a person’s hand, and the line below represents a slice of meat. So the person’s hand is holding or having the sliced meat. 難 (gato or nan) means “difficult or suffering,” which has three parts. The top […]

Meditative tranquilty abounds at CSU Sacramento tea room and garden

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The trees have grown tall and the chartreuse-colored moss has filled in between the stepping stones of the Sokiku Nakatani Tea Room and Garden at California State University, Sacramento. The landscaping lends to the serenity of the calm oasis amid the campus bustle of students rushing to their next class. Hidden in […]

Rosa Parks Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program celebrates 40th anniversary

The Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program of Rosa Parks Elementary School celebrated its 40th anniversary on March 9 at The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco, with a silent auction, dinner and performances. According to parent volunteer Jade Corkish, about 315 people attended the event. “Today is honoring those people who really […]

Unsealed documents reveal details of death threat sent to state Senator Yee

SAN JOSE (Bay City News) — A newly unsealed document in Santa Clara County Superior Court has revealed that the person who sent an e-mail death threat to a state senator in January called himself “a trained Marine sniper” with “39 confirmed kills in Afghanistan.” “Don’t make me get to 40,” the e-mail said, according […]

Former supervisor pleads guilty, admits won $400,000 gambling with campaign money

SAN JOSE (Bay City News Service) — Former Santa Clara County Supervisor George Shirakawa pleaded guilty March 18 to a dozen criminal charges for filing false campaign and expense reports and revealed to prosecutors he won $400,000 gambling with the campaign donations. Shirakawa, appearing in Superior Court dressed in a dark pinstripe suit, replied “Guilty, […]

CAAM Fest presents latest in Asian and Asian American film to S.F.

The annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, sponsored by the Center for Asian American Media (formerly NAATA), has been renamed CAAMFest. From Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 24, 2013, CAAMFest will showcase the best in Asian American creative expression in film, music, food and digital media at numerous venues in San Francisco […]

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