Archives for December 2015

Topaz Museum presents proposed exhibits to S.F. Nikkei for comment

Following more than two decades of planning and work, the Topaz Museum in Delta, Utah is hoping to open its permanent exhibit sometime in 2016. Despite initial issues regarding the exhibit’s content first proposed more than a year ago, the newly revised proposed exhibits met mostly positive reactions at a Dec. 13 open house presentation […]

Fred Hoshiyama, YMCA and Japanese American community leader, dies at 100

Fred Hoshiyama, a longtime leader of the YMCA who became an active leader in many Japanese American community organizations, died Nov. 30, 2015 in Southern California, one week shy of turning 101 years old. Hoshiyama, who was elected into the YMCA Hall of Fame as its 14th inductee in 1989 and received a kunsho or […]

Obama urges fight against bigotry, cites wartime Japanese American incarceration

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama called Dec. 15 for a continued fight against discrimination and bigotry, citing the country’s unfair past treatment of some Europeans and Chinese, as well as the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans. Obama made the remarks at an event in Washington as popular Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump faced mounting […]

OBITUARY: Kei (Hasegawa) Noguchi

NOGUCHI, KEI (HASEGAWA), 93, died on November 24, 2015. She was predeceased by her husband, Nike Noguchi, in 2007. Kei was born October 20, 1922, in San Francisco, the only child of Japanese immigrant parents. She had a happy childhood and from a young age she began to develop her lifelong talents for friendship, music, […]

OBITUARY: Kaoru “Kirk” Shibata

SHIBATA, KAORU “KIRK,” 82, died November 13th, suddenly of natural causes. A celebration of life service will be held at Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church in Sacramento on Dec. 19, 2015 at 1 p.m. “Kirk” was a Sacramento native, who survived the Japanese Internment Camps. He went on to became a successful business owner, served […]

New Sterling Library exhibit provides window into Japanese American incarceration

Yonekazu Satoda was confined at an assembly center in Fresno awaiting transfer to the Jerome Relocation Center, a swampy and barren incarceration camp in Arkansas, when he noted a missed milestone in his diary. “Today was supposed to be my graduation at Cal,” he begins an entry dated May 15, 1942. It was the second […]


For the record, I only act that way,  but what I’m referring to here is the cornerstone of mankind’s earliest diet. Along with the occasional captured rodent and harvested fruits, nuts made up a significant part of the diet, as they are packed with calories and protein and foraging for them didn’t require an elaborate […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Visiting Japan

Last October, Alice and I visited Japan. We left San Francisco on Oct. 21 via All Nippon Airways. An Australian stewardess who spoke fluent Japanese served us on the airplane. She tried to pour water into a plastic cup. I stopped her and asked if she could change from plastic to paper. I explained to […]

Politicians link wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans in Syrian refugee crisis

Following the Nov. 13 Paris terror attacks, American lawmakers expressed concerns about admitting Syrian refugees into the United States. In response to the possibility of terrorists posing as refugees, the House of Representatives introduced H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act, Nov. 17 and passed it in a 289-137 vote Nov. 19. The […]

LETTERS: How to claim your unclaimed funds

Dear Editor: My son likes to peruse the Internet, and he told me that I could ask for money that the state of California was holding for an utility overpayment I had made over 15 years ago. It was easy peasy to ask for the money to be sent to me. I then decided to check the Nevada site […]

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