Archives for December 2015

Okinawa-born Dave Roberts introduced as first minority manager of L.A. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — Well into a 35-minute press conference announcing his arrival as the 10th manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Dave Roberts was thrown a curveball. Flanked by the men who hired him  — Los Angeles General Manager Farhan Zaidi and President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman  — Roberts, who was born in Okinawa […]

THE KAERU KID: Yosemite firefall

Older readers may remember seeing bonfire embers pushed off the cliffs in Yosemite at night, producing a glowing firefall like a waterfall.  It started early in the last century and continued until 1968, when it was terminated by the National Park Service director because it was an artificial phenomenon that attracted huge crowds, resulting in damage to areas where people […]

Western Japan city Takarazuka to recognize same-sex partnership

KOBE  — A city in western Japan said Nov. 30 it will join two other municipalities in Tokyo in issuing certificates recognizing same-sex partnership as being equivalent to marriage, in a bid to address discrimination against sexual minorities. The city of Takarazuka in Hyogo Prefecture, home to Japan’s famous all-female musical troupe, said it will […]

Cartoonist Mizuki, known for ‘GeGeGe no Kitaro’ comic, dies at 93

TOKYO — Cartoonist Shigeru Mizuki, well known for his “GeGeGe no Kitaro” comic series depicting spirits and monsters in Japanese folklore called yokai, died Nov. 30 of multiple organ failure at a Tokyo hospital, his office said. He was 93. Mizuki, whose real name was Shigeru Mura, was hospitalized on Nov. 11 after he fell […]

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