Archives for 2016

LETTERS: Bay Area native spreads Buddhism’s message

Editor’s Note: The following comment was posted on in response to the article entitled “The process of becoming a better minister,” which was published in the Jan. 1 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. Sensei Jeff, My how time flies! Its been over 2 yrs since we’ve communicated. It’s great 2 hear you’re now […]

LETTERS: A salute to Sacramento Tofu

Editor’s Note: The following comment was posted on in response to the article entitled “END OF AN ERA: Sacramento Tofu Company closes after 68 years,” which was published in the Jan. 1 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. So sorry to see Sacramento Tofu go. As a fellow tofu maker, I understand the hard […]

OBITUARY: Philip Nishikawa

NISHIKAWA, PHILIP, 76, of Pleasanton, CA, was called to heaven suddenly on January 12, 2016. Born March 20, 1939 in Sacramento, CA, he is survived by loving wife Shirley (Takehara) Nishikawa, daughter Allison Ida (Dave) and granddaughter Sarah of Irvine, CA, daughter Stephanie Yee (Kenneth) and grandson Miles of Sacramento, CA. Phil is also survived by […]

OBITUARY: Helen Chizuko Sato

SATO, HELEN CHIZUKO, 94, passed away peacefully on 12-14-2015, just 2 days shy of 95. She was born in Tulare, CA, the first child of Kosaburo and Kayo Arita. She is survived by her loving, devoted husband of 70 years, Hiro Sato, her daughter, Rosalind Winter, granddaughter, Leslie Winter (Gavin Bishop), and her great-grandchild, Ryan […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The wonderful world of the Internet

Love it or hate it, the Internet is balanced with beneficial innovation as much as it’s plagued with maddening pop-ups and trolling Websites. And because virtually everyone is now connected via our smartphones, having a mealtime conversation is about as archaic as the typewriter is for writers. Diners are either furiously snapping food photos or […]

Selma’s 50th anniv. march inspires JACL resolution to study African American reparations

“Frederick Douglass said we should have 40 acres and a mule.” Instead, America left blacks “penniless and illiterate after 244 years of slavery,” said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He calculated economic losses at $20 a week for 4 million slaves adding up to $800 billion in 1968. “They owe us a lot of money.” […]

Jerry Enomoto, first APA U.S. marshal, dies

Jerry Enomoto, the first Asian American to head the California Department of Corrections and to be appointed as a U.S. marshal, passed away Jan. 17, 2016. He was 89. A lifelong civil rights advocate based in Sacramento, Calif., Enomoto and his wife Dorothy helped to organize local Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events. He served […]

Japanese American UPS driver killed in West Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A UPS employee was struck by a United Parcel Service of America big rig at approximately 9:15 p.m. Jan. 7 at the West Sacramento UPS distribution center on Shore Street. The victim, identified as Kie Matsuda, was wedged in the wheels of the vehicle and rushed to the UC Davis Medical Center […]

Japanese pop group SMAP pledge to continue as group

TOKYO — SMAP, one of the most popular and longest-lived Japanese pop groups, pledged to continue as a group Jan. 18, days after media reports that they were on the verge of breaking up, as grieving fans in Japan and other Asian countries apparently moved them. At the outset of their TV variety show “SMAP […]

Prosecutors say ‘Shrimp Boy’ verdict is fair

Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, the leader of a Chinatown fraternal association, was convicted by a federal jury in San Francisco Jan. 8 on all 162 organized-crime counts lodged against him, including murder and racketeering conspiracy. Chow, 56, was convicted of racketeering conspiracy in running an ongoing criminal enterprise and of the murder in aid of […]