Archives for September 2013

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: A salute to Sono Osato’s pursuit of the arts and good citizenship

In this week’s column I diverge from my usual practice of not featuring living people in order to salute dancer/actress Sono Osato on the occasion of her recent 94th birthday. Osato was not just a uniquely visible Japanese American face in 1940s America, but an exemplar of progressive politics and good citizenship, Born in Omaha, […]

OBITUARY: Toki Murakami

MURAKAMI, TOKI, 91, Passed away peacefully at her home on Sept. 16, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Toki was very outgoing, fun-loving and had many lasting friendships. She and Machi her husband for over 60 years held large Oshogatsu, New Years parties in their home serving delicious Japanese-American foods. Toki was a life-long Giants […]

OBITUARY: Peggy Masako Yano

YANO, PEGGY MASAKO, 94, passed away at the Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas on Sept. 14, 2013. She was born on Dec. 14, 1918 in San Francisco to mother, Miyo Furuki and father, Eizo Furuki. She is survived by daughter, Roberta Johnson; sons, Howard and John Yano; daughter-in-law, Lisa Yano; son-in-law Arnold Johnson; […]

Tokyo wins bid to host 2020 Summer Olympics

BUENOS AIRES — Tokyo was chosen as the “safe pair of hands” to host the 2020 Summer Olympics on Sept. 14, beating Istanbul and Madrid at the International Olympic Committee’s general session in Buenos Aires. The Japanese capital will be the first Asian city to host the Olympics twice, having also hosted the 1964 Games. […]

Japantown Corporation Yard project moves forward, other projects planned

SAN JOSE — A proposed 600-unit apartment development planned for the city Corporation Yard in San Jose’s Japantown is moving forward. The development is planned for a 5.8-acre property bordered by Sixth and Seventh and Taylor and Jackson streets. Kathy Sakamoto, executive director of the Japantown Business Association, said that developer Williams & Dame recently […]


It all started with the expansion of the British Empire. As they spread East and South to temperate climates, they discovered a pesky parasite in the form of Plasmodium falciparum carried by the female Anopheles mosquito. It had been known as early as the 17th century that the bark of the cinchona tree contained something […]

FULL COUNT: No surprises as baseball season winds down

With less than two weeks left in the regular season, the Japanese and JA players are performing as expected. Kurt Suzuki has been part of Oakland’s backstop platoon with Stephen Vogt and Derek Norris since his return to the Athletics via an Aug. 23 trade with the Washington Nationals. He’s appeared in 11 games batting .321 with […]

Board Of Supervisors President Chiu announces state Assembly run

(Bay City News Service) — San Francisco Board of Supervisors president David Chiu on Sept. 12 announced his candidacy for a state Assembly seat. Chiu is seeking to replace Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, who is being termed out of office next year. Chiu represents the city’s District 3, which includes the Financial District, Chinatown and North […]

Man charged in death of man found shot near SJSU tennis courts

SAN JOSE (Bay City News Service) — A 62-year-old man was charged with involuntary manslaughter Sept. 12 in the Sept. 8 shooting of a man in the Santa Cruz Mountains who was later found dead on San Jose State University property, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. Craig Naomi Yuhara, of Los […]

An internal conversation on race

Allow me to first introduce myself. I have been educated in the psycho-analytic school of thought and a central feature of my education was to observe my internal psychological processes while I was working with someone receiving psychoanalytic psychotherapy, both as a method of gaining some information about what was going on with my clients […]