Archives for October 2013


OMI, EUGENE DAIGO, 93, passed away peacefully Oct. 3, 2013. Eugene was born Aug. 6, 1920, in the small town of Woods Crossing, Stockton, Calif. His father and mother, Torazo and Koto Omi, came from Niigata, Japan. He was the second to the youngest of five brothers and two sisters. Eugene attended Modesto Junior College […]


AIZAWA, HATSURO, “HATS” passed away peacefully at his home Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 with his devoted wife Amey by his side. Hats was born Aug. 26, 1924 and grew up in San Francisco’s Japantown until his forced removal from the West Coast in 1942, when he, his family and the entire SF Japanese American community, […]

FULL COUNT: Sox, Golden Eagles close in on titles

The Boston Red Sox stand on the brink of their eighth World Series title with a 3-2 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals heading into Game 6 on Oct. 30. Right-fielder Shane Victorino returns to the starting lineup after missing Game 4 with lower back stiffness. He was available off the bench in Game 5. […]

Thomas Foley, ex-U.S. envoy to Japan and House speaker, dies

WASHINGTON (Kyodo) — Thomas Foley, a former U.S. House of Representatives speaker and ambassador to Japan, has died, U.S. media said Oct. 18. He was 84. Foley served as the U.S. top envoy to Japan from 1997 to 2001 mostly under President Bill Clinton and handled issues such as reinforcement of bilateral security ties through […]

THE KAERU KID: Turkey Trot

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a four-part series. The Classic Turkey tour continues as we leave by bus from Istanbul east-southeast on the way to the capital city of Ankara. We rode a nice air-conditioned bus with free bottles of chilled water available as we cruised on the beautiful modern highways, over rolling […]

Genealogist helps Nikkei trace their roots

A group of 30 people assembled Sept. 28 at the California Genealogical Society in Oakland, Calif. to learn about conducting genealogical research on their Japanese American ancestors. The sold out class featured people coming from as far as Santa Barbara, Calif. “Finding Your Japanese Roots in the U.S. and Japan” explored research venues for those […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Telling Tule Lake’s story

I clearly remember the days back in the ‘90s when I mulled over what to do with the mass of information that I had gathered about our camp experience. I was really indebted to my wonderful friend, Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, a dedicated person who worked so tirelessly in researching our history and who also generously helped […]

The Desecration of the Tule Lake Cemetery

By STANLEY N. KANZAKI A while back, I read an article in a Nikkei newspaper where the cemetery at the Tule Lake Segregation Center — which at one time had 331 buried there — was desecrated. The article reported that the entire gravesite was plowed over, even with some remains still buried there, to be […]

LETTERS: Kudos for San Jose Japantown issue

To the Editor: I was pleasantly surprised to read the special edition of the Nichi Bei Weekly on San Jose’s Japantown (Sept. 19, 2013), especially the article “Japantown’s Historical Sites,” since my grandfather and his brother were responsible for constructing many of the historical buildings in Japantown. I thought it might be interesting for your […]


KONNO, JOHN Y., 90, born June 9, 1923, in San Francisco, John passed away quietly Sept. 14 at his home in San Jose. John grew up in Central California, but, as a Japanese American, was interned during WWII with his family at Amache (Granada), Colo. After he returned to California, he studied agriculture at UC […]

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