Archives for August 2013

Lauren Naomi Iwata crowned Nisei Week Queen

LOS ANGELES — Lauren Naomi Iwata was crowned the 2013 Nisei Week Queen Aug. 10, during the Nisei Week Festival’s coronation event at the Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo. The 2012 Nisei Week Queen Emily Michi Iijima Folick passed on her reign to Iwata, who is the daughter of Clyde and Fern Iwata of […]

FULL COUNT: Tanaka still in the picture, Nakajima isn’t

Although Kensuke Tanaka was optioned to Fresno last month, Giants manager Bruce Bochy spoke to the media about the left fielder’s future prior to San Francisco’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Aug. 7. When asked whether Tanaka would be evaluated further at the big league level when rosters expand in Sept. Bochy said “We’ve […]

Aoki seals win over Giants

At 5-foot-9, 175-pounds, Norichika Aoki is one of the smaller players on the Brewers roster. But on Aug. 7, the right fielder came up big when he hit a two-RBI single off San Francisco reliever Santiago Casilla in the eighth, ensuring Milwaukee’s 6-1 victory. Aoki was hitless off Giants starter Madison Bumgarner before connecting with […]

OBITUARY: Tatsuo C. Sumida

Sumida, Tatsuo C., 85, passed away peacefully on Aug. 14, 2013. Tatsuo’s childhood roots were in Los Angeles, which he left for Berkeley, Calif. He graduated from the Cal business school – GO BEARS!! Tatsuo was a teacher for many years at George Washington High School – BEAT LOWELL! Downhill skiing, tennis, swimming, traveling and […]

OBITUARY: Haruo Harold Tamano

TAMANO, HARUO HAROLD, 67, passed away on Aug. 12, 2013 from lung cancer. Survived by wife Jane Takeuchi Tamano; sons Calvin and Jeremy; sisters Betty Kazuye Kimoto (Robert) and Miyeko Frances Wolf (Ted); stepmother Masaye Grace Tamano; step-brothers David Murai (Karen) and Ken Murai (Carolyn) and other relatives. Predeceased by parents Ikuye Doris Saiki Tamano […]

OBITUARY: Walter Huie Jr.

Huie, Walter Jr., 70, born Aug. 24, 1942, passed away peacefully at his home in Berkeley, Calif. Aug. 8, 2013. A native of San Francisco, and long-time resident of Berkeley. Survived by his wife of 44 years, Nobue Huie of Berkeley; daughter, Stephanie Huie of Richmond, Calif.; son, Edwin Huie of Oakland, Calif.; and grandson, […]


Ichinose, Tokihide (Tony), 88, passed away peacefully in his sleep on the evening of July 31, 2013, at Palm Villas Assisted Living in Redwood City, Calif. The staff at Palm Villas has been extremely attentive and caring in Tony’s care over the last several months. Born Aug. 5, 1924 in Tokyo, Japan, Tony graduated from […]

OBITUARY: Shoji Horikoshi

Horikoshi, Shoji, 86, was born Nov. 5, 1926 to Seijiro and Mitsu Horikoshi in San Francisco. Shoji passed away July 16, 2013 after a valiant 5-month battle with cancer. Those who know Shoji will not be surprised to know he was upbeat and optimistic throughout his fight with cancer. Shoji was a Boy Scout and […]

Nichi Bei Bussan: Cultural gems add a Japanese aesthetic to a home

SAN JOSE — From a few small accents to large renovations, and at all price points, there are many ways to incorporate a Japanese aesthetic into your home. The Nichi Bei Weekly caught up with Arlene Damron, who owns Nichi Bei Bussan in San Jose’s Japantown, to get tips and insights on incorporating the Japanese […]

Laura Takeuchi, longtime JASEB executive director, dies

Laura Takeuchi, the former longtime executive director of Japanese American Services of the East Bay, passed away after a short bout with cancer on Aug. 1, 2013. She was 58. Born in San Francisco, Takeuchi was raised in Walnut Creek, Calif., where she was a competitive swimmer and skier. Takeuchi volunteered with a number of […]

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