Archives for October 2013

Estate planning provides peace of mind

While we do not like to consider our own mortality, proper planning and communication can help a family develop a common understanding as we face aging and life transitions. It is important to let our family members know our wishes on death and who we want making medical and financial decisions when we are unable […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: The Takamine family’s three generations of marvels in health science

It is a great privilege to contribute to the Nichi Bei Weekly’s special issue on health and wellness. One extraordinary American saga in this area is that of chemist Jokichi Takamine Sr. and his family. Takamine was arguably the most famous Nikkei in the United States, if not in the Western world, at the time […]

Let’s Talk: About aging preparedness

The other day as I was gingerly finishing my shower at the gym, I was mildly stunned … was that really my gnarly, liver spotted hand holding on to the grab bar in the shower?! How did that come to be? When were those slick catalogs with the fancy pants latest styles and spike heels […]

A psychological lifeline for Asian American teens

On a cold, clear Sunday evening in March, Hung Wei sits in the living room of her home in Cupertino, a prosperous Silicon Valley suburb, surrounded by a dozen high school students. The teens, almost all Asian American, gather around a circular glass coffee table graced with brightly colored figurines. Two girls of Indian descent […]


Like Ponce de Leon, most of America is looking for that mythical place or diet that will keep us young, slim and beautiful, the Magical Diet that allows us to consume all of the bad foods that we crave so much, but when taken in the perfect proportions, allows us to burn more calories than […]

FULL COUNT: Boston looks strong; others have uncertain future in majors

Dodgers demoted closer Brandon League was left off L.A.’s playoff roster after posting a 5.30 ERA and five blown saves in 58 regular-season appearances. The tattooed reliever has two years left on his $22.5 million deal, so he will be in Dodger blue next season, but in what role is the question. He’s got to […]

Man hid inside schoolgirl’s home before fatal stabbing

TOKYO (Kyodo) — A 21-year-old man suspected of fatally stabbing a high school girl in Tokyo Oct. 8 waited inside her home before attacking her, investigative sources said Oct. 10. Charles Thomas Ikenaga allegedly attacked Saaya Suzuki, 18, in front of her home in Mitaka, Tokyo, shortly before 5 p.m. Oct. 8, stabbing her five […]

IN KANSHA: Northern California sake festival raises funds for children’s hospital

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — North American Food Distributing Co. Inc. will hold its ninth annual Northern California Premium Sake Festival Oct. 15 at the Double Tree Hotel, educating the public about different types of sake and raising money for the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Heart Center. The festival will include various sake, shochu and […]

Woman arrested for crash that killed minor near S.F. J-Town

(Bay City News Service) — A woman has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter for allegedly causing a crash that killed a 16-year-old boy in San Francisco’s Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood on the morning of Sept. 27, police said Sept. 30 Jennie Zhu, 58, was arrested and booked on the manslaughter charge and two […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: A trip to Japan, and reflections on the heart of matters

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series. Nineteen of us, including 13 Boy Scouts, four leaders, the Rev. Rodney Yano and myself, visited Japan for 16 days this summer. We arrived at Itami airport in Osaka via LAX and Narita airport on July 25. Mr. Taki and Mr. and Mrs. Furuya welcomed us […]

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