Archives for February 2015

OBITUARY: Toshihito Kodama

KODAMA, TOSHIHITO, 89, was born March 16, 1925, in Tokyo, Japan, to Yoshifumi Kodama and Yukie Muramatsu.  Mr. Kodama arrived in San Francisco in 1953 and earned a degree in accounting from San Francisco State University. He got a job as a Japanese language instructor for the Department of the Army and was subsequently awarded […]

OBITUARY: Yoshitomi Fukushima

FUKUSHIMA, YOSHITOMI, 102, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2015. He touched so many lives on his incredible journey. He was born November 9, 1912 in San Francisco. However, he spent his boyhood years in Japan. He returned to San Francisco as a young man. He later married his wife, Mitsuko, and worked in LA […]

OBITUARY: Hirokazu ‘Clem’ Nakai

NAKAI, HIROKAZU “CLEM”, 87 passed away peacefully on Dec. 20, 2014 at his home. He is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Grace who passed away in 2012. He is survived by sons Russell (Jacki), Greg (Carol), grandsons Clifford and Phillip. A private family remembrance was held on January 24, 2015.

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Costumed man wanted by FBI in connection to string of bank robberies

The FBI and San Francisco police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a costumed man believed to be responsible for robberies at six banks and a foreign money exchange kiosk in San Francisco over the past three months. During the robberies, the man wore a fake mustache, a dark-colored fedora hat, a black […]

Japan aiming to ensure safety of Japanese amid terror threats

TOKYO  — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged the ruling parties Feb. 2 to work together to ensure the safety of Japanese nationals both at home and abroad, a day after Islamic State posted online a video purporting to show the killing of a Japanese hostage. “If we are frightened by fears of terrorism and fall […]

Let’s Talk: About ‘Stigma’

It’s a strange word, “stigma.” In preparing to write this column for the Day of Remembrance issue, this word came up on several occasions. On further research, I learned that the archaic meaning of “stigma” was “a mark made by a branding iron on the skin of a criminal or slave.” It’s a term that […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Fire burn and cauldron bubble

Or in my kitchen, it’s more likely to be “electric heating element warms and Le Creuset bubble.” Also, there’s no eye of newt or toe of frog in my Le Creuset, but since that chill of winter is still with us, what better meal is there than slow braised beef, pork or chicken … or […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: New works bring JA stories to light

I have spent the last few days immersed in “Perfidia,” a new novel by James Ellroy. Covering the days between Dec. 6 and Dec. 29 in 1941 in L.A., Ellroy uses the murders of a Japanese American family, the Watanabes, as the main thread in a story of a city preparing for war. In an […]

‘Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit’ exhibit opens in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — War Relocation Authority staff photographers took hundreds of photos after Executive Order 9066 led some 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry to be forcibly relocated into American concentration camps. These photos depict what life was like for these citizens who lost everything in just a few days. More than 70 years later, photojournalist […]

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