Archives for September 2016

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The wines of summer

As I’ve mentioned before, the seasons are a little different here in the 50th. There is no one season where April’s showers brings May’s flowers — the 50th rains constantly, especially in my neck of the woods in Kaneohe, Hawai‘i. There are no changing of the leaves after summer, nor is there any reason to […]

NIKKEI ANGEL ISLAND CHRONICLES: Chie Takeshita: Success and tragedy

“It was really a feeling of wow, this is America! It’s so beautiful with flowers everywhere. Then the shock of that room…” — Chie Takeshita Chie Takeshita was born in Oakland, California, on October 27, 1911 to Reisaka and Hiro Yazaki. She was the oldest of three girls and one boy in the family. She […]

San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Annex renovation project complete

SAN JOSE — The renovations to the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin’s Annex Building are complete, and the facility is ready for future generations to enjoy. The renovation began approximately a year ago as part of a two-phase capital project titled “Generations.” The first phase of the project involved seismic and Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility […]

OBITUARY: George Matsumoto

MATSUMOTO, GEORGE, 93, passed away peacefully at home on June 28, 2016. Three of his five children were with him. Born in San Francisco, California on July 16, 1922, George was the second child of Manroku and Ise Matsumoto. Growing up in San Francisco’s Nihonmachi (Japantown), he attended Lowell High School in San Francisco, and […]

Actor makes documentary on Japanese who helped Jews escape Holocaust

TOKYO — A London-based Japanese actor has created a short documentary film that sheds light on individuals who helped Jews escape from Nazi persecution as well as those who have worked to see that this history is passed on. “There was a Japanese diplomat who issued visas in defiance of the Japanese government to allow […]

Loved ones remember JA victim of Pulse club shooting

Christopher Andrew Leinonen was one of 49 people slain in the early morning hours June 12 during the Pulse nightclub shooting. The shooting occurred inside the popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. frequented predominantly by members of the gay Latino community. It is considered the worst mass shooting against the LGBT community in the country’s […]

THE KAERU KID: Northwest USA road trip, part 2

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series. On our way south on Interstate 93 a sign for the National Bison Range Visitor Center lured us in for a short stop. A tour to see the herd takes one and-a-half to two hours because it is via a one-way road and once started must be […]

Hawai‘i’s Republican and Democratic parties decry politician

Both the Republican and Democratic parties in Hawai‘i have rejected contentious candidate Angela Aulani Kaaihue, who is seeking election in two separate races, representing each party. The Hawaii Republican Party has “terminated the membership of” Kaaihue, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representative in Hawai‘i’s Second Congressional District. Hawaii Republican Party Chair Fritz Rohlfing […]

Director of Japanese-Jewish heritage reflects on Japanese diplomat who saved Jewish refugees

Cellin Gluck is not your typical Japanese American. He was actually born in Wakayama Prefecture to a Jewish American father from New York, Jay Gluck, and a Japanese American mother, Sumi Hiramoto Gluck, who was born and raised in Lodi, Calif. His parents met in New York, years after his Nisei mother was incarcerated in […]

Woman who died in wrong-way crash on Hwy 101 identified

A woman who was killed by a wrong-way driver on U.S. Highway 101 in Marin County early in the  morning Aug. 19 was identified as 63-year-old Sachiko Umehara of Santa Rosa, according to the Marin County coroner’s office. Umehara, co-owner of Momiji Nursery in Santa Rosa, was driving north on the highway in the fast […]