Archives for June 2017

Palo Alto: Police asking for help solving 16-year-old homicide

Palo Alto, Calif. police are asking for help in solving a homicide that took place on this date 16 years ago, police said June 10.  Maria Hsiao died in a shooting June 10, 2001 outside a downtown nightclub. Police are asking people to watch this video: Police are also asking people to share the […]

The secret is in the soup at the Kurotaka Ramen food truck

Kurotaka Ramen, a ramen food truck, was started by Japanese brothers earlier this year in San Francisco with a mission to distribute fresh ramen that people can enjoy fast and easily. Richard Yoshinori Kington, a founder and chef of Kurotaka Ramen, was born and raised in Hiroshima and decided to come to the United States […]

Japanese Pantry delivers straight to your doorstep

Local San Francisco chefs founded The Japanese Pantry, an online Japanese ingredients store, in 2015 to sell Japanese traditional ingredients brought from provincial Japanese businesses. The company sells Japanese ingredients, including mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine), shoyu, rice vinegar and sesame oil, which are essential in making Japanese food. Greg Dunmore, a co-founder of The […]

An Asian and Pacific Islander take on chocolates

Jade Chocolates, a company that specializes in handmade artisan chocolates with ingredients from Asia and the Pacific Islands, was established in 2008 with its mission to represent the mixture of Asian and Western cultures that coexists in San Francisco.  Mindy Fong, a former architectural designer, started the company when she decided to raise a family, […]

Torrance, Calif. company packages its tofu in a box

Morinaga Nutritional Foods Inc. (Mori-Nu), a soy product manufacturer based in Torrance, Calif., has offered tofu in aseptic packaging since 1985. According to the company, the packaging preserves tofu’s freshness, nutritional value and flavor for a year without preservatives, by protecting tofu from light, air and bacteria, which causes spoilage. “When we came here over […]

Company distributes fresh handmade natto in the U.S.

Megumi Natto, established in 2006 in Northern California’s Sonoma County, became the first company to produce and distribute fresh natto in the U.S., according to Alan Maeda, the company’s CEO. Natto, fermented soybeans, is a nutritious traditional Japanese food. “My big mission is to deliver the real Japanese food and the profound wisdom,” said Minami […]

Tofu Yu is all about ‘tofusion’

Tofu Yu is a gourmet tofu company based in Berkeley, Calif. that was started in 2007 by Kevin Stong, who uses traditional Chinese methods to produce creative tofu foods in the U.S. Stong learned how to make tofu in Northern China, where he found varieties of tofu that he had never seen before, and brought […]

BREAKING THE CEILING: Sonoma State prez wants to increase university’s reach

Closing out an eventful first year as the seventh president of Sonoma State University, Dr. Judy K. Sakaki, the first female Japanese American president of a four-year university in the United States, continues a career dedicated to helping students attain higher education through California’s public university system. The daughter of a mechanic and a Sunday […]

OBITUARY: Ralph Sugimoto Jr.

SUGIMOTO, RALPH JR., 75, was born on November 12, 1941, in Sacramento, California. He was the son of Ralph Takao Sr. and Elizabeth Yoshiko Sugimoto. After battling with pancreatic cancer for nearly two years, Ralph passed away peacefully on May 25. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Pearl, daughter Stefanie Abdelnour and […]

OBITUARY: Jane T. Yasuda

YASUDA, JANE T., 94, passed away on May 21, 2017 in San Francisco. Born Jane Miyako Tashiro in Miami Beach, Florida, she was the eldest of 4 children. Jane is survived by her brother Joe Tashiro, children Yumi and Ken and 4 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Kentaro Yasuda, brothers Tom […]