Archives for June 2014

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Are you worth your weight?

In salt that is. Many moons ago, salt was just as valuable as gold, hence the expression. In fact, the word we equate with our income, “salary,” is derived from salt. And though, contrary to popular belief that the Romans were paid with salt (they were paid in coins), the word “salad” also is derived […]

OBITUARY: Shigeo Mitsuda

MITSUDA, SHIGEO, 98, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2014 after a short illness at St. Mary’s Hospital in S.F.  He was born on June 14, 1915 to Umekichi Mitsuda and Kiku Torigoye in Gardena, Calif., the eldest of seven siblings.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Miyako Mitsuda.  Loving […]

OBITUARY: Shizuko Hara Itaya

  ITAYA, SHIZUKO HARA, 89, passed away peacefully at home on May 27, 2014. She is survived by her husband of 70 years Francis, children Francis Jr. (Paula), Adrian, Teresa (Randy Peshon), Valerie (Roger Rynda) and four grandchildren. She is survived by two sisters, Michiko Kawaguchi of Woodbridgeand Sadame Kojimoto of San Francisco. Born on […]

Nonprofit celebrates the joy of soy, builds community, at annual fundraiser in S.F.’s Japantown

Sweets, dancing and flying tofu graced the Peace Plaza June 7 during the Nichi Bei Foundation’s fourth annual Soy and Tofu Festival in San Francisco’s Japantown. The event, celebrating “the joy of soy,” is a fundraiser for the nonprofit that invited the San Francisco Bay Area’s gourmands and health conscious alike to sample and buy […]

Grace Uyehara, JACL redress advocate, dies

PHILADELPHIA — Grayce Uyehara, who played an instrumental role in the Japanese American Citizens League’s redress efforts, passed away June 22 at the Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. She was 94. Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) wrote on his Facebook page that she played a “crucial role” in “the grassroots movement […]

NPS announces $2.9 mil. in grants to preserve WWII Nikkei confinement sites

WASHINGTON — National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis on June 12 announced 21 grants totaling more than $2.9 million to help preserve and interpret the World War II confinement sites of Japanese Americans. The U.S. government imprisoned some 120,000 persons of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom were American citizens, following Japan’s attack on Pearl […]

S.F. Japantown community meets to discuss future of hotels

San Francisco Japantown community members met at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California June 16 in response to the sale of the Hotel Kabuki and the listing of Hotel Tomo by Beverly Hills, Calif.-based 3D Investments. The Japantown Task Force and the JCCCNC invited attendees to discuss their concerns about the sale […]

Special Announcement: Nichi Bei Foundation receives its own 501(c)(3) status

On behalf of the board and staff of the Nichi Bei Foundation, we are pleased to announce that we have finally received our own 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS. This means that we can now receive contribution checks made out to the “Nichi Bei Foundation,” and not to a fiscal sponsor, which typically […]

A hidden tragedy — mental illness and suicide among Asian Americans

What do Jiwon Lee, Kevin Lee, and Andrew Sun have in common? Sadly, they are three Asian American college students who killed themselves in high profile cases in April at prestigious universities. Kevin Lee, (no relation to Jiwon), a sophomore at Boston University studying biomedical engineering was found dead in his dorm room. Andrew Sun, […]


æ ¹ (Ne) means “roots.” This kanji character consists of two parts. The left side represents a tree and the right side represents the roots. So “ne” is a tree’s roots. The Konko founder’s teaching says, “If you take care of the roots of a tree, then its branches will grow lush. Respect your ancestors, then […]

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