Archives for August 2016

Emperor’s message shows dilemma facing Japan’s imperial system

TOKYO — In an unprecedented video message released Aug. 8 on his views about his role, Japan’s elderly emperor expressed his concerns that his age and health could one day mean he cannot fully perform his duties. After media reports that 82-year-old Emperor Akihito wishes to abdicate surprised the nation in mid-July, his televised statement […]

LETTERS: It’s just personal …

Dear Editor, I am not voting for the Republican nominee for president. There are others like me who will not vote for him for a variety of reasons. It might be something as simple as his acerbic personality or his over-inflated ego. It might be his adoring feelings towards (Russian President Vladimir) Putin or (former […]

Everyday Japanese flair in the home

A visit to one’s local Japantown can help refresh any home with furniture and decorations that give it a distinctly Japanese aesthetic. Whether it be a kotatsu (heated table) or a hand-crafted tea bowl, there are various options to decorate the home. In San Francisco Japantown’s Japan Center West Mall, Asakichi sells a variety of […]

50 years of good will: San Mateo celebrates Japanese Garden anniversary

SAN MATEO, Calif. — For more than 50 years, San Mateo’s Japanese Garden has served as a symbol of good will and cultural appreciation. Throughout August, the city is commemorating the anniversary of the tranquil 1-acre garden with special events such as a bonsai workshop, martial arts demonstration, evening gala and more at Central Park […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Fermentation 101

Whether we think about it or not, we’ve all experienced fermentation, whether it’s via imbibing my favorite breakfast, lunch or dinner grape juice-based beverage or simply pushed a little harder in the gym and experienced that muscle burn the next day. In a nutshell, fermentation simply is the biochemical process in which sugars are converted […]

Ichiro Suzuki joins 3,000-hit club

DENVER, Colo. — Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki tripled on Aug. 7 and reached 3,000 career hits in the major leagues. The hit in the finale of a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies tied Suzuki for 29th on the majors’ all-time hit list with Roberto Clemente. “The moment I did it, my teammates and […]

Airport creates divisions among Tule Lake stakeholders

Currently, the Tule Lake Committee and various stakeholders are in discussions as to how to resolve the issue of the local municipal airport proposing an expansion in the middle of the former Tule Lake Segregation Center. The various stakeholders include, among others, the committee, the Federal Aviation Administration, Modoc County, the owners of the airport, […]

LETTERS: More on the Topaz (Central Utah) incarceration experience

Editor’s Note: The following was sent in response to the article entitled “Prewar Nikkei life depicted.” Dear Editor, In Greg Robinson’s July 21, 2016 book review of Toshio Mori’s  “Yokohama, California,” Robinson writes that, “Indeed, the text nowhere referred to the wartime fate of the author, confined at Topaz (Central Utah) …” Writer Toshio Mori, […]

‘Kubo’ delivers an animated love letter to Japanese culture

“If you must blink, do it now,” instructs Kubo, a magical boy storyteller in the stop-motion adventure “Kubo and the Two Strings” to his rapt audience. In stop-motion animations, in the blink of an eye, 24 frames of film are shot. The time and dedication to take those shots for one second of film is […]

Plan for commemorative garden draws mixed reactions

As part of the 110th anniversary of San Francisco’s Japantown, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California proposes to build a Japanese garden commemorating the Issei pioneers that settled in the neighborhood after the 1906 earthquake. Following a July 7 meeting, the community center held a second informational meeting Aug. 11 at the […]