Archives for May 2016

Soy and Tofu Fest at new venue June 4

Major changes are in store for the sixth annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival, which will be held Saturday, June 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at a new venue: The Event Center at Saint Mary’s Center, 1111 Gough St. (at Geary Boulevard) in San Francisco’s Japantown. It will feature live entertainment, soy- […]

Molly Kimura, last known licensed biwa instructor in U.S., passes at 92

Miyako Molly Kimura, the last known licensed teacher of the biwa (Japanese lute) in the United States, peacefully passed away May 12, 2016 in Sacramento, Calif. at the age of 92. She was born March 1, 1924 to Nobujiro and Motoyo Nakamura in Yuba City, Calif. The Nichi Bei Weekly previously reported that the Nisei […]


About two weeks ago, one of the most prestigious, if not the most prestigious, BBQ contests concluded its annual competition in Memphis, Tenn. with anywhere from 40 to 120 teams competing to produce the ultimate BBQ concoction. While categories in beef, poultry, seafood and various sauces are judged, undoubtedly the most prestigious awards are in […]

Sacramento conference embraces LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islanders

Sacramento, Calif. — The Asian Pacific Islander Queer Sacramento Coalition hosted the first known API-centered lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer conference in the city April 16. Held at California State University, Sacramento, “APIQ Homecoming: A Conference for LGBTQ+, API, and their Allies” drew in almost 80 local attendees, including about 15 students from the […]

Rep. Mark Takai won’t seek re-election due to health

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama issued a statement May 20 wishing Rep. Mark Takai (D-HI) well on his announcement that he will not seek re-election in November in order to focus on his fight against pancreatic cancer. Obama praised Takai for having served Hawai‘i for more than 20 years. Obama cited Takai’s service as a […]

NPS issues $2.8 mil. in grants to preserve World War II sites

WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced May 12 $2.8 million in Japanese American Confinement Sites grants to fund 15 “educational programs, preservation projects, memorials, and exhibits,” a Department of Interior statement said. The projects, which are based in five U.S. states, aim to tell the stories of the some 120,000 persons […]

Republican politico uses racial slur

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) used a racial slur to refer to people of Japanese descent May 13 on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program while discussing his opposition toward the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s perspective on national security issues. “National defense and homeland security are issues that mean the most to me and there’s real […]

OBITUARY: Takako Ishizaki

ISHIZAKI, TAKAKO, 91, was born in San Francisco in 1924 and livedynearly her entire life there..She was the oldest child to Koshi and Kiyo Suzuki. Koshi was the principal of the well known Japanese language school, Kinmon Gakuen. Takako had two younger siblings, Sonoko and Mikio. On Pearl Harbor day, their life changed dramatically as […]

Honoring a legacy: Produce giant George Tanimura dies at 100

SALINAS, Calif. — George Minoru Tanimura, widely known as the family patriarch of Tanimura & Antle produce, died peacefully in his Salinas home April 15, 2016. He was 100 years old. Known for his humility and generosity as much as his success, Tanimura’s passing is a loss to the agriculture industry, Salinas Valley and Japanese […]

OBITUARY: Sumiko Kato Uyeda

UYEDA, SUMIKO (KATO), 91, passed peacefully on April 30, 2016 in Fair Oaks, CA. She was born February 4, 1925 in Oakland, CA. to Noboru and Chiyo Kato. She was long time resident of Petaluma, CA, and was a dedicated homemaker and community volunteer. She was married for 44 years and is preceded in death […]

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