Archives for August 2014

A new era begins at Yoshi’s San Francisco

After a dizzying seven-year roller-coaster ride — from its opening as the hot new jazz club on the West Coast to a plunge into bankruptcy — Yoshi’s on Fillmore was taken over by new owners July 1 and is tuning up for its next gig. Yoshi’s San Francisco, launched at the end of 2007 as […]

Heart Mountain film wins Emmys

LOS ANGELES — “Witness: The Legacy of Heart Mountain” won three Emmy Awards at the 66th annual Emmy Awards on July 26. David Ono, co-producer, won Outstanding Writer – Programming and Jeff MacIntyre, co-producer, won  Outstanding Editor – Programming and Outstanding Videographer – Single Camera Programming. “This isn’t just a win for the show, it […]


FUJIMOTO, ANDREW “ANDY” MITSUO, 72, of Oakland, Calif., passed away on July 18, 2014 at Oakland Kaiser Medical Hospital. He was born on Maui and raised on Lanai, Hawaii. Andrew is survived by his wife, Yoshie, son, Rodney (Michelle), daughter, Lynne “Lynko”, and grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters, Gail Higa, Lisa Nakamura, Leah […]


SUMIDA, MARSHALL MASARU, 92, passed away peacefully on July 9, 2014.  He is survived by Misako his wife of 69 years, sister Yohko Majorie Matsumoto of Seattle, many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.  He worked for Mitsubishi Bank and was active in the Japanese American community in San Francisco.  Veteran of the U.S. […]

YURI KOCHIYAMA: Remembering a legend

Hundreds gathered Aug. 3 at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland, Calif. to celebrate the life of Yuri Kochiyama, the Nisei human rights activist renown for her life-long passion and fervor for radical causes and boundless care and love she displayed to those around her. Kochiyama died June 1, 2014 at the age of 93.  […]

High-ranking naginata practitioner passes

Miyako Tanaka Price, the highest-ranking practitioner of naginata (the Japanese spear) outside of Japan, passed away May 27, 2014 in El Cerrito, Calif. According to the family, Price was born in April 30, 1942 in Osaka Japan during the height of World War II. While the U.S. government initially banned Japanese martial arts in her […]

LET’S TALK: About the healing power of pilgrimage

A “pilgrimage” is any long journey, especially undertaken as a quest or act of devotion, according to Webster’s Dictionary. Three hundred and sixty of us traveled from all four directions this July 4th weekend to gather at the former Tule Lake Segregation Center in Northern California near the Oregon border. I made my first pilgrimage […]


Another Tule Lake Pilgrimage has passed, and it has given me a lot to chew over. It is more popular than ever, and the 350 slots filled up in under two weeks. I wonder what the numbers would be if everybody who wanted to participate could. The numbers indicate that interest in Tule Lake has […]

James Shigeta, who starred in ‘Flower Drum Song,’ dies

James Shigeta, who starred in the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical movie “Flower Drum Song,” died July 28, 2014 in the Los Angeles area, the Hollywood Reporter reported. He was 85. Once an aspiring song-and-dance man, Hawai‘i-born Shigeta first came to national attention when he won a talent contest on “The Ted Mack Amateur Hour,” which […]

Hiroshima marks 69th A-bomb day amid worries over Japan security role

HIROSHIMA — Hiroshima marked the 69th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing on Aug. 6 amid growing concern over the Japanese government’s move to expand the country’s defense capabilities, with survivors, peace activists and dignitaries braving heavy rain to attend an annual ceremony to remember the attack and those who perished. In his Peace Declaration […]

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