Archives for February 2017

Angus Macbeth, CWRIC special counsel, dies

The Japanese American Citizens League issued a statement Jan. 23 “mourn(ing) the passing of Angus Macbeth, who served as special counsel to the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) and headed its staff. The CWRIC report, “Personal Justice Denied,” and its recommendations formed the basis for the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.” […]

OBITUARY: Sadame Kojimoto

KOJIMOTO, SADAME, 88, after enduring Alzheimer’s Disease for twenty years, peacefully passed away on January 4, 2017. Sadame was born on March 18, 1928, in San Francisco Chinatown, the youngest daughter of Tsunesuke and Setsu Hara. The Hara family lived next-door to the International Hotel on Kearny Street. Sadame’s parents operated a dry-cleaning business at […]

OBITUARY: Aiko Mikami

MIKAMI, AIKO, 87, of Lodi, died on January 18. She was born in Hiroshima, Japan, on August 27, 1929. A devoted student of Japanese arts, Mrs. Mikami received at the age of 28 the highest tea ceremony certificate, Midare, from the School of Omotesenke and was the only person in the U.S. to hold such […]

OBITUARY: Etsuko Phyllis Tsukasaki

TSUKASAKI, ETSUKO PHYLLIS, 97, passed away on Jan. 2, 2017. Born April 15, 1919, she spent her early years in Concord, CA, as a farmer’s daughter and attended San Jose State College. In 1941 she married the late Dr. Mas G. Tsukasaki. Following Concentration Camp at Topaz, Utah they settled in Berkeley, CA since 1945. […]

OBITUARY: Taneko Oishi McClendon

McCLENDON, TANEKO OISHI, 89, passed peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, January 14th, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Joe M. McClendon, in 2004 and by her son, George, in 1967. She is survived by sons, James and Charles and will be greatly missed by her 2 grandchildren, Ashley […]

OBITUARY: Mutsuyo Horikiri

HORIKIRI, MUTSUYO, 91, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 25, 2017 surrounded by family. She is survived by her husband, Shinobu Horikiri, children Toshiaki, Keijiro (Michiko), Grace (Kalen) and Geary (Angel). Born Sept. 3, 1925 in Courtland, CA, Mutsuyo was sent to Japan at age 2 with her older sister to live with their […]

Arkansas ‘Relocation’: Film explores impact of camps on inmates’ children

In 1942, some 120,000 West Coast Japanese Americans were taken from their homes and imprisoned in concentration camps throughout the country. A film showing the impact of the incarceration on the children born to inmates in the Rohwer camp, or after the Arkansas camp closed down, will be shown in conjunction with the Day of […]

Let’s Talk … About remembering

The ability to remember is something we may take for granted on a daily basis. We rely on our ability to remember in order to learn new things, avoid repeating mistakes, and to re-live experiences from our past. When it comes to painful memories of difficult times, particularly traumatic experiences that overwhelmed us, we may […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Avoiding government-induced poison

Well, that does it. From now on, I plan to buy mostly organic produce. I know that it will cost me a bit more, but after watching the new Rachel Carson documentary, this is a small price to pay for food that is certified to have no pesticides or herbicides used in its production. And […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Bizarre Japanese foods

I used to be glued to the tube when the Food Network first debuted, since it was a channel devoted exclusively to the art of the kitchen, from Emeril’s “bam,” to Mario Batali’s rustic Italian dishes, to the informative and entertaining Alton Brown, who combined theatrics along with actual technique. But like any media — […]

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