Archives for June 2015

Mountain View Buddhist Temple’s reverend reflects on Obon from Japan to São Paulo

The Rev. Yushi Mukojima arrived in Mountain View, Calif. in August of 2013 to replace Rev. Dean Koyama — who became resident minister of Palo Alto Buddhist Temple —and celebrated his first Obon as the Mountain View Buddhist Temple’s resident minister last year. To the Japan-born minister, Obon is an opportunity to see friends during […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Statements on homosexuality in JA press helps trace public’s opinion

As devoted readers of Nichi Bei may already be aware, I maintain an annual tradition. Each June, in honor of LGBT History Month, I devote an column of “The Great Unknown” to revealing the Queer history of Japanese Americans. Past columns have dealt with topics such as homosocial intimacy among the Issei; the development of […]

NPS issues $2.8 mil. in grants to preserve WWII sites

WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis on June 16 announced 20 grants totaling more than $2.8 million to help preserve and interpret the World War II confinement sites of Japanese Americans. More than 120,000 people of Japanese descent were imprisoned by the U.S. government following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. […]

1st A-bomb exhibition in 20 years in Washington begins

WASHINGTON  — An exhibition underscoring the woe of the U.S. atomic bombings of two Japanese cities in 1945 during World War II began June 13 in Washington for the first time in 20 years in the U.S. capital. Two survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki pleaded for efforts toward the abolition of nuclear weapons before some […]

Court denies full medical coverage for A-bomb survivors in U.S.

HIROSHIMA — The Hiroshima District Court on June 17 denied full medical coverage for survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima who now live in the United States. The court turned down 13 plaintiffs’ demand for revoking earlier decisions by the state and Hiroshima prefectural governments that rejected their requests for full coverage under the […]

OBITUARY: Hiroshi Leo Saito

SAITO, HIROSHI LEO, passed away in his Oakland home on April 28, 2015, at the age of 99 years, 7 months and 5 days. He looked forward to seeing his beloved wife of 60 years, Margaret Shizuko Saito. Also to greet him would be his parents, Keizo and Kuni (Mano) Saito, younger brother David Hideo […]

OBITUARY: Shigemi Tsushima

TSUSHIMA, SHIGEMI, 96, passed away peacefully on May 6 in Stockton. Predeceased by parents Kasaku & Itsuyo Kubo, brothers Yosh and Shizuma Kubo of Turlock, and beloved husband Harry. Born September 5, 1918 in San Juan Bautista, CA. The family moved to farm in Cortez. They were sent to Amache Relocation Center, CO. She married […]

Five years of soy, five years of joy at Soy and Tofu Fest

Under the auspices of relatively warm weather, the fifth annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival celebrated everything and anything related to the “almighty soy bean” at the San Francisco Japantown Peace Plaza and Buchanan Mall June 6. The annual fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation invited attendees to learn about the versatility of the […]

Sawtelle recognized by Los Angeles as Japantown

LOS ANGELES — The Sawtelle district of West Los Angeles, previously a majority-Japanese American neighborhood that thrived in the prewar years and again in the postwar period during the 1940s and 1950s, recently gained recognition from the city of Los Angeles as Sawtelle Japantown. Symbolic of that designation, officials installed two large signs on March 29, one at […]

The tapestry of this moment

When I first read about the planned auction of Japanese American camp artifacts in the New York Times, I was sad. But I was resigned. I assumed that there was nothing to be done, that the seller and Rago Arts simply had the right to sell objects in their possession. And that was my mistake. […]

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