Archives for August 2013

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Sen. Sanji Abe’s ‘tragic’ story, and the ‘hollow’ case for the wartime incarceration

This week’s chapter covers the tragic story of Sen. Sanji Abe as a way of understanding the plight of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i during World War II. People who study Executive Order 9066 and the Japanese American wartime concentration camp experience often present as contrast the treatment of Japanese Americans in the Territory of Hawai‘i. […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: That looks … delicious?

OK, the following food subject will either elicit disgust (probably the majority of readers) or set off that Pavlovian response (probably the minority of readers) since I’m sure everyone knows what natto is. Yes, those beans with the pungent odor and slimy texture that leave “threads” from your mouth to the plate. That’s if you […]

S.F. Japantown Foundation announces 2013 grants

The San Francisco Japantown Foundation’s  board of directors approved $35,000 in grants to 11 nonprofit organizations, it announced on its Website, Aug. 21. The grants will go to the following organizations, which have “demonstrated the value of their organization to the Japantown community, the effectiveness of their services and/or activities, and their financial sustainability”: • […]

Building a home suited to Nikkei roots and personal tastes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — At 8 years old, Don Inaba watched as his new home in Fresno, Calif. was constructed from the ground up. His father, Hitoshi Inaba, had been raised in Sacramento, Calif., but moved to Fresno to start a grocery store to expand the family business. Hitoshi Inaba was one of the three “Inaba […]

Late Sen. Inouye to receive U.S. highest civil honor

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) — The late Sen. Daniel Inouye, the first U.S. congressman of Japanese descent, is a posthumous recipient of this year’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, the White House said Aug. 8. President Barack Obama described Inouye as “a lifelong public servant,” referring to his service in combat during World War […]

Pioneering pitcher Nomo honored by Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) — Trailblazing pitcher Hideo Nomo was honored by the Los Angeles Dodgers in a pregame ceremony Aug. 10. The right-hander, who turned his back on Nippon Professional Baseball the way he turned his back on batters in his unique windup, joined the Dodgers in 1995 and went 123-109 in the big leagues, […]

FULL COUNT: Tanaka sent down, others performing as expected

Following the San Francisco Giants trip to the White House on July 29, popular left fielder Kensuke Tanaka was optioned to Fresno to make room for Roger Kieschnick and Brett Pill. Tanaka hit .267 with two RBIs in 15 games along with a .353 on-base percentage, two steals and four runs scored. Fans haven’t seen […]

THE KAERU KID: Talking Turkey

Editor’s Note: This is the first part in an ongoing series on Turkey. If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul. — Alphonse de Lamartine 19th century French writer On a recent visit to Turkey, I departed from my usual independent travel to book a tour through […]

Yankees honor Matsui at Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK (Kyodo) — Hideki Matsui formally ended his playing career as a New York Yankee on July 28, when the team honored him with a pre-game ceremony at Yankee Stadium. Hours before the team’s afternoon game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yankees inked Matsui to a one-day minor league deal. Just prior to […]

Japanese scholars searching for dispersed A-bomb health records

TOKYO — Japanese scholars are trying to locate records of early research on the health impact of radiation from the 1945 U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, with the aim of creating a digital archive accessible from around the world. The group of scholars began by searching for photos, records of medical treatment and other […]

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