Archives for March 2014

Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen candidates introduced

Nichi Bei Weekly Report Five young Japanese American women were introduced as candidates for the 2014 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen at a press conference held March 15 at the Union Bank Community Room in San Francisco’s Japantown. The winner will be selected at the Queen Program — a highlight of the 47th annual Northern […]

FULL COUNT: Rex rights USF hoops into postseason

Distractions and criticism have plagued USF’s basketball program during the six-year tenure of head coach Rex Walters, reaching its peak earlier this season when starting point guard Cody Doolin left the team following an altercation with a teammate. Yet Walters, the lone Japanese American head coach in NCAA hoops, rebounded to guide the Dons to […]

OBITUARY: Noboru (Nobi) Hanyu

HANYU, NOBORU (NOBI), 97, passed away on March 3, 2014 before his 98th birthday.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years.  He had no children but was beloved by all of his many nieces and nephews.  He is survived by his sisters Masako Iwase and Fumi Hope McIrvin. He was born […]

Japan marks three years since quake-tsunami disasters, nuclear crisis

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan marked the third anniversary of the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami on March 11 with prayers for more than 18,000 people who died or remain missing in the catastrophe, which also triggered the world’s worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Three years since the magnitude 9.0 quake, and […]

Takahashi Market a 108-year-old institution

The San Mateo, Calif.-based family owned and operated Takahashi Market has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area for four generations. The Nichi Bei Weekly caught up with owner Gene Takahashi via e-mail to learn about the market’s legacy and some of its highly demanded staple items. Nichi Bei Weekly: Tell me about the history […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The melting pot

I recently attended a friend’s first grandson’s baby luau. What’s a baby luau, you ask? The island tradition to throw a party on a child’s first birthday initially started within the Hawaiian community. Back in the day, when childhood mortality wasn’t an uncommon occurrence, reaching the first year was a cause for celebration, as from […]

‘Films of Remembrance’ explores layers of WWII Nikkei experience

With a fresh call to renew dedication to civil rights through the Bay Area Day of Remembrance a day earlier, a series of films screened at the New People Cinema in San Francisco’s Japantown on Feb. 23. “Films of Remembrance,” presented by the Nichi Bei Foundation, showed six films focused on the experience of the […]

Sole Jerome Nisei draft resister dies

Joe Atsumi Asa Yamakido (1922- 2014), the only World War II Japanese American draft resister from the Jerome concentration camp, passed away Feb. 21, surrounded by family. Yamakido was the second son born to Akeji and Katsuno Yamanaka Yamakido, both from Hiroshima. He was delivered by a midwife in what was part of the Little […]


SATO, DORA, 94, passed away peacefully at home. She will be deeply missed by her sons Dennis (Susie) Sato, Kenneth (Helen) Sato, and Seichi Sato, her grandson Ross (Amy) Sato, granddaughters Shelley (Chris) Kennedy, Stephanie (Phong La) Sato, and Jennifer (Javier Rangel) Sato, and 5 great grandchildren. A private family burial service will be held […]

OBITUARY: May Kimura

KIMURA, MAY, 83, passed away on Feb. 11, 2014.  She is survived by her husband, Ben Kimura; daughters Rochelle (Rick) Dumlao, Debbie (Tony) Alvarez, and Marcia Kimura; grandchildren, Brandon and Mari Dumlao, and Amanda (Gene) Farris; great-granddaughters, Kennedy Dumlao, Tyla and Hudson Farris; siblings, Yosh Takakuwa, Tomi Gyotoku, and Michi Lai; she is also survived […]

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