Archives for May 2015

The spirit of serving the community

The annual Kimochi Spirit Awards, held at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco’s Japantown May 16, featured an afternoon of recognition and music. Kimochi Inc., which provides culturally sensitive assistance to seniors and their caregivers, honored those who have supported the organization and the greater Japantown community. Kimochi presented its Associate Director Steve Ishii […]

2015 Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival

The fifth annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., in San Francisco Japantown’s Peace Plaza and Buchanan Mall, Post at Buchanan streets. It will feature various soy-related vendors, free samples, an educational component highlighting the various uses of soy, live performances, audience […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The wonderful curdled soy

It’s that time of year again, the annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival, where you can discover the joy of soy! On top of the Soy and Tofu Dessert Competition, live musical performances and soy and tofu vendors offering free samples, you’ll probably run into the city’s reigning Cherry Blossom Queen and her court. […]

OBITUARY: Ken Kimura

KIMURA, KEN, 73, of San Jose, CA passed away on May 11, 2014 after a long illness. After spending two years in the Army, Ken spent many years working as a senior CAD designer at various companies in San Jose and Fremont. Ken is survived by his brothers Seiichi and wife Faye Kimura of San […]

OBITUARY: Kiyo Takahashi

TAKAHASHI, KIYO, 102, passed away peacefully on May 9, 2015 after a long and wonderful life. She was born in San Francisco in 1913 to Shigetaro and Hana (Morikawa) Takahashi, proprietors of the Kisen Company. The eldest child of the “Pine Street Takahashis,” she outlived her brothers Shigeharu and Edwin and sister Tomiko Sasaki. Kiyo […]

Family struggles to save piece of Japanese American history

Editor’s Note: The following article was originally published in the Pasadena Star-News. Altadena, Calif. — Four Japanese American sisters are weeks away from losing a home that’s been in their family for nearly a century. The Yuge family has lived in the gardener’s cottage on the former Scripps estate in Altadena since the 1920s, when […]

Giants honor Japanese heritage as postseason hero Ishikawa in limbo

On May 19, hundreds of baseball fans arrived early to the San Francisco Giants game to enjoy Japanese Heritage Night at AT&T Park. The annual event was hosted by the Giants organization in partnership with the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, Japanese American Citizens League, Nakayoshi Young Professionals and San Jose Japantown. […]

Activists claim they were denied service at bowling alley

A group of activists allege that they were denied service at a bowling alley in Bishop, Calif. during the annual pilgrimage to the former Manzanar, Calif. concentration camp. Leaders from the the Florin Manzanar Pilgrimage Committee, the Florin chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, the Council on American Islamic Relations – Sacramento Valley, among […]

Elderly woman dies after Mother’s Day assault

A 77-year-old woman died May 22 after suffering life-threatening injuries earlier this month when a person struck her in the head multiple times as she got off a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus, police said May 22. Police said the woman was attacked on the afternoon of Mother’s Day in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood. A […]

Senator asks Obama to honor Endo

WASHINGTON — Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) sent a letter to President Barack Obama May 11, requesting that he posthumously award the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to a Japanese American woman who challenged the mass wartime incarceration. The Supreme Court ultimately ruled in Mitsuye Endo’s favor. “Ms. Endo was an ordinary […]

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