Archives for September 2014

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Who’s your sweetie?

Continuing on our journey over those papillae also known as taste buds, we come to the flavor sensation favored by most people, the perception of sweet. Whereas there are many individuals who dislike bitter, salty or sour flavors, almost everyone likes sweet. No, make that adores sweet. Or at the very least, we usually don’t […]

OBITUARY: Emiko Amy Miyagawa

MIYAGAWA, EMIKO AMY, 90, made her transition in peaceful fashion on August 23, 2014 in San Rafael, CA. The widow of Daisho Miyagawa, she is survived by daughters Yuri and Misako, son Taiji, grandson Troi Pang, many nieces, nephews and their children. She was born April 25, 1924 in Clovis, New Mexico to parents Shiro […]

OBITUARY: Sachi Kajiwara

  KAJIWARA, SACHI, 91, of Oakland, Calif., passed away peacefully on August 1, 2014 at Piedmont Gardens in Oakland. Sachi was the 4th of 4 children of Chiyo and Yujio Kajiwara, following sister, Amy Maniwa, brother Nobuo, and sister Michi Masunaga. She grew up in and went to school in Oakland and then went to […]

OBITUARY: Tom Tokiharu Nagata

NAGATA, TOM TOKIHARU, 88, passed away on August 15, 2014 at St. Agnes Medical Center, Fresno. One-time mayor of the City of Fowler, California, he is survived by Jane, his wife of 60 years, sons Brian and Kevin, and daughter Colleen (Jay) Alvarez, three grandchildren. He is also survived by siblings Helen Tani and Bonchi […]

OBITUARY: Fumie Miyoko Honda

HONDA, FUMIE MIYOKO, 92, passed away on August 16, 2014 at Vintage Gardens, Fresno. She is survived by her husband of 72 years Harry, son Craig (Tayoko), daughters Laureen (David) Uyematsu and Lynn (Mitch) Nakashima, two brothers, one sister, eight grandchildren and numerous other relatives. A third daughter Becky passed away in 1979. Long time […]

THE KAERU KID: Ich bin ein hamburger

Cheers greeted President John F. Kennedy’s famous remark, “Ich bin ein Berliner,” when he said it in Berlin. A Berliner is also a jelly-filled pastry. Some publications have contributed to the misconception that Berliners were laughing at Kennedy’s comment and felt the proper sentence structure should have been “Ich bin Berliner,” but this would have […]

Two commercial buildings damaged in 2-alarm fire

SAN JOSE  — Two commercial buildings were damaged in a two-alarm fire in San Jose the afternoon of Aug. 30, a fire captain said. Crews responded to the fire in the 500 block of North Seventh Street between Jackson and East Empire streets around 3:30 p.m., San Jose fire Capt. Rob Brown said. Initial reports […]

Death toll from mudslides in Hiroshima climbs to 66

HIROSHIMA  — The death toll from devastating landslides in the city of Hiroshima rose to 66 on Aug. 26, with 21 others still missing, as rescuers continued to search for survivors and local officials struggled to get a grasp of the scope of injuries and damage. A week after torrential rains triggered the mountainside disaster, […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: How the Dodgers helped to expand the racial and geographical frontiers of baseball

Today’s column, rather than recounting an individual history, takes up the question of how Japanese American history is told, and who gets represented. In the years since the awarding of redress in 1988, we have seen a great expansion in the stories that get covered under Japanese American history, and in the diversity and depth […]