Archives for 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 […]

Geary BRT meeting draws criticism, as pedestrian bridge demolition debate ensues

Frustrations peaked during the San Francisco County Transit Authority’s open house-format meeting Nov. 5, focused on the Geary Bus Rapid Transit’s draft environmental impact report and statement. Held at the Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral, members of the public were invited to study and comment on the proposed $250 million plans to improve transit […]

Life with ‘Dr. Ken’ Suzy Nakamura discusses her new ABC sitcom

Suzy Nakamura is a veteran of many sitcoms, but her current series, “Dr. Ken,” marks the first time that two shows about Asian American families have aired at the same time on network TV. Following the success of ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat,” now in its second season, “Dr. Ken,” created by, starring and co-executive […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Who gets to tell the Japanese American incarceration story?

What are the meanings to be found in our camp experience? And why am I puzzling over such a deep question, and why now? It’s because I am involved in an inquiry about the contents that are to be placed in the Topaz Museum. As many of you know, there has been a multi-year effort […]

Community-style gift picks

With the holidays upon us, we’re hoping to help you save some time as you shop for those on your shopping list. Our Holiday Shopping Guide offers unique and creative gifts and stocking stuffers with a Nikkei or Asian American spin. Star Holiday Cards Set and Notebook San Francisco artist Tomoko Maruyama’s  holiday cards will […]

‘Mori’ Tanimoto, Tule Lake Block 42 resister, dies

Mamoru “Mori” Tanimoto, one of about 35 men from Block 42 of the Tule Lake concentration camp who had been arrested for refusing to register for the controversial loyalty questionnaire, passed away Nov. 3, 2015. He was 95. During the past decade, both Mori and younger brother, Jim, became fixtures at the biennial Tule Lake […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Ho ho ho, the mistletoe

Growing up in the 50th, the Tatsumoto ohana (family) didn’t really get into the holiday season. For starters, to get into the spirit, it needs to be cold. Like, Seattle winds blowin’ through your jeans, duckin’ into every Eddie Bauer store to find the right size thermal underwear that you can wear right now, cold! […]

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