Archives for August 2014

Quintessential Japanese American nursery closes

On June 25, the Yabusaki Dwight Way Nursery in Berkeley, Calif. closed its business. The space had been a nursery since before World War II, had been in Nikkei hands since 1947, and had been owned by the Yabusaki family for 30 years. For the entire time they owned it, they ran the nursery as […]

Topaz class of ‘45 holds 69th reunion

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Topaz High School class of 1945 held their 69th year reunion  June 28 at the Sequoyah Country Club. The former classmates spent their entire high school years,  from 1942 to 1945, imprisoned in the Topaz (Central Utah) concentration camp. Bob Utsumi of Oakland was the reunion chairman, and Daisy Uyeda Satoda of […]

How to make your Japanese garden drought-resistant

With California facing a historic water shortage, the Nichi Bei Weekly asked award-winning landscape architect Takeo Uesugi and his son, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona landscape architect professor Keiji Uesugi, how one can make their Japanese garden drought-resistant. Here is their reply via e-mail. Nichi Bei Weekly: Given the drought facing California, what type of Japanese […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Why are you a sourpuss?

Is it because you love namasu? Or do you simply relish the palate cleansing effect of a splash of lemon juice? Or are you simply a sour person? Personally, I’ve never really been a huge fan of Japanese pickled vegetables (namasu) by itself. But consuming it as a side dish to cleanse the palate between […]

FULL COUNT: Bold predictions for Nakajima’s future

Back in December 2012, the Oakland Athletics signed Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima to a two-year, $6.5 million deal amid high hopes that the eight-time NPB All-Star would become the team’s everyday shortstop. Yet injuries and disappointing spring play has kept him in the minors while the likes of Jed Lowrie, Alberto Callaspo, Eric Sogard, Nick […]

Study on ‘Sugihara Survivors’ published in English

TOKYO — A former official of the semigovernmental Japan National Tourism Organization has issued an English-language version of his research on Jews’ wartime escape from Nazi persecution via Japan. Akira Kitade, 70, initially published the book in Japanese two years ago, based on his study about how people in Japan had played behind-the-scenes roles in […]

Prosecutors: case against Leland Yee, ‘Shrimp Boy’ will be divided before trial

The case against 29 defendants including suspended state Sen. Leland Yee and convicted Chinatown gang leader Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow will have to be split into smaller groups before the case can go to trial, federal prosecutors said in a hearing in San Francisco Aug. 7. But prosecutors are still in the process of turning […]

Parents of Asiana victim run over by fire truck sue city of San Francisco

(Bay City News Service) — The parents of a 16-year-old Chinese schoolgirl who was run over by a fire truck after an airline crash at San Francisco International Airport last year have sued the city of San Francisco for what they called the “tragic and avoidable death” of their daughter. The negligence and wrongful death […]

U.S. co-author of retracted stem cell papers to leave hospital post

WASHINGTON  — A U.S. researcher who co-authored controversial papers on stem cell development will quit his post at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston on Sept. 1, the institution said Aug. 12, without mentioning the reasons. Charles Vacanti, chairman of the hospital’s Department of Anesthesiology, Preoperative and Pain Medicine, was involved in the publication by […]

Abe’s Yasukuni-Arlington comparison draws mixed reaction in U.S.

WASHINGTON — Tucked away in a secluded corner of the most sacred U.S. military burial ground, a small monument stands in a clearing surrounded by a copse of trees. Encircling it are rows of simple marble headstones marking the graves of 482 people including soldiers and their families. Although there is no discernible difference between […]

Kyplex Cloud Security Seal - Click for Verification