Archives for April 2013

Seattle Nikkei community welcomes Mariners’ Iwakuma

SEATTLE — The local Japanese American community turned out April 14 to welcome the Mariners’ number-two starter, Hisashi Iwakuma, to Seattle. Nearly 200 people filled the main hall of the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington to meet the former Nippon Professional Baseball star. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn praised Iwakuma’s fundraising work for Japanese […]

OBITUARY: George “Masao” Hiromoto

Hiromoto, George “Masao,” 91, born June 27, 1921, George “Masao” Hiromoto, a life long resident and farmer from Clarksburg, Calif. passed peacefully while visiting Maui, Hawaii on March 31, 2013. A funeral followed by a “Burial at Sea” were held in Lahaina, Maui. Preceding him in death are his father Kiichi and mother Kichiko (Fujita); […]


Editor’s Note: This article from April 2012 is reprinted with permission from KoreAm Journal ( Twenty springs ago this month, for three days and nights South Central L.A. and the neighboring Koreatown burned, choked and wailed. Come April 29, it’s that awful déjà vu time again, when I, as one-time editor of the lone English […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Let that wine breathe

So you finally received that new shipment of Cabernet Sauvignon from your favorite winery (2010). You’ve been waiting six months for the shipment to arrive, and now that it’s in your hands, you want to sample it, although you should put it in the cellar to let it age. But since we can never tell […]

Japanese American confinement site grants announced

WASHINGTON — National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced 10 grants totaling more than $1.4 million to help preserve and interpret the World War II confinement sites where Japanese Americans were imprisoned during World War II. Some 120,000 persons of Japanese descent were detained, two-thirds of whom were American citizens, following Japan’s attack on […]

Kelly Yuka Walton crowned 2013 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen

Kelly Yuka Walton, an eighth-grade math teacher who grew up in San Francisco, was crowned the 2013 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen April 13 during the annual Queen Program, held at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco’s Japantown. “It’s been a lifelong dream to participate in this program,” Walton, 25, said after her win. “I […]

Finding rare books, inner peace at Forest Books

Situated in the Buchanan Mall (Osaka Way) just a few stores away from Sutter Street is Forest Books, where the books are rare and the zendo floats. A 40-year zen Buddhist who studied writing, Forest Books owner Gregory Wood said he wanted to open a business that followed the Buddhist idea of right livelihood — […]

THE BEAUTY OF BRUSHSTROKES: Akie Karahashi and the art of shodo

Akie Karahashi, a Bay Area Japanese language and shodo teacher, organizes a display of select works of calligraphy at the festival. Karahashi talks about her passion for the art and the beauty that she sees in the characters. Nichi Bei Weekly: What do you find beautiful about calligraphy? Akie Karahashi: We write on white paper […]

OMOTESENKE: The appreciation of tea

It is customary when greeting guests to first serve tea in typical Japanese custom. This longtime tradition of Japanese etiquette and culture is, at its core, an artform that concentrates on fulfilling the role of being an excellent host, says John Larissou, tea instructor for the Omotesenke school of tea. “The term ‘tea ceremony’ is […]

TRANSFORMING TRASH INTO TREASURES: Sogetsu ikebana as a means of expression

When people use the phrase “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure,” it often refers to someone’s desire to collect unusual items. For an ikebanist, however, this trash can make up the final component of a beautiful piece of art. “We always look out for things … that you can incorporate with fresh material or […]

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