Archives for February 2014

OBITUARY: Ayako Joyce Yatabe

YATABE, AYAKO JOYCE, 84, was born on May 24, 1929 in Fresno, Calif.. She passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones on Feb. 8, 2014. She is survived by her children, sons, Steven (Cathy), Michael, David (Debbie), daughter, Darlene (Marvin) Wong and seven grandchildren, Eric, Stephanie and Jessica Yatabe, Melissa and Melanie Wong, […]

OBITUARY: Masako Hayashida

HAYASHIDA, MASAKO, 95, died peacefully at a nursing home in Los Gatos, Calif. on Feb. 3, 2014. She was born in Berkeley, Calif. on Oct. 9, 1918. Her parents were Naokichi and Masuyo Nakagaki Mitsuyasu of Japan. She was predeceased by her husband Bob Sadami Hayashida, her daughter Cathy Akemi Romeo, her brother Kiyoshi Mitsuyasu […]

OBITUARY: Mary “Molly” Kitajima

KITAJIMA, MARY “MOLLY,” 89, passed away on the morning of Jan. 25, 2014, surrounded by her family, friends, and loved ones. Molly was born on Oct. 25, 1925 in the Surrey and Delta regions of British Colombia, Canada. Molly enjoyed poker games, golfing, and traditional Japanese Taiko drumming — which she performed well into her […]

OBITUARY: Donald Koichi Uyeda

UYEDA, DONALD KOICHI, 92, passed away Nov. 25, 2013 in Aiea, Hawaii. Don was born in Sacramento, Calif. on March 1, 1921 to Mitsuzo and Matsuye Uyeda. He served as program director of the Columbia Park Boys Club in San Francisco’s Mission district for more than twenty years. Prior to that time, he was a […]

FULL COUNT: Three spring storylines

Teams have reported to their respective camps in Arizona and Florida, and here are three storylines to keep an eye on this spring. Defensively sound catcher Kurt Suzuki looks to be the Minnesota Twins’ everyday signal caller with six-time All-Star Joe Mauer moving to first. Early reports indicate Suzuki’s been working with starters Ricky Nolasco, […]

Sushi chefs in California have their hands full with new law

LOS ANGELES — At popular Los Angeles restaurant Sushi Gen, 66-year-old Toshiaki Toyoshima slices fish in preparation for dinner. The sushi chef has honed his sushi-making techniques for nearly 50 years and the daily long lines of customers are a testament to that. But to Toyoshima, the sushi he makes no longer feel like they […]

S.F. Japantown bar has alcohol license suspended following investigation by ABC

A San Francisco bar had its alcohol license temporarily suspended Feb. 6 after authorities discovered the bar was allegedly involved in illegal drink solicitation. Pagoda, located at 1704 Post St., is facing a 60-day suspension following a three-months-long investigation by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control that uncovered a suspected commission scheme, agency spokesman […]

Ark. camp film at Time of Remembrance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Northern California Time of Remembrance committee, in partnership with The California Museum, screened a sample reel of the film “Relocation, Arkansas” at its 12th annual Time of Remembrance event in Sacramento, Calif. on Feb. 15 to a full auditorium of attendees. More than 250 local residents filled the seats, with some […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Nisei literary artists in NY made their mark post-WWII

Throughout much of the 20th century, a unique feature of the West Coast Nikkei community press was the New Year’s supplement. These special holiday issues contained several additional pages in both English and Japanese. Most of the contents, at least in the English sections, were made up of advertisements from local businesses and columns of […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: David ‘Mas’ Masumoto, you’re a peach!

I had the great good fortune to attend a surprise birthday party for David “Mas” Masumoto, his 60th. It was held at the University of California, Berkeley campus Alumni House, his alma mater. As his daughter, Nikiko, related, the hardest part was keeping it a secret. They managed to pull it off, so, “Surprise!” really […]

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