Archives for October 2017

Acid erosion on teeth

As a kid growing up in the Japanese American community, I spent many of my weekends playing in basketball tournaments as a member of the San Francisco Associates basketball team. I remember picking up a 32-ounce bottle of red, orange, or blue Gatorade for each game so I could “Be like Mike (Michael Jordan).” Little […]

Japanese American judo legend to visit Japan for 2nd Tokyo Olympics at age 100

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A second-generation Japanese American man who coaches judo in California is hoping to return to Japan for his second Tokyo Olympics in 2020 when he will be 100 years old. Yoshihiro Uchida, who took part in the 1964 Games in Tokyo as coach of the U.S. judo team, still trains judoka […]

OBITUARY: Fred Kasai

KASAI, FRED, 95, was born in Santa Rosa, California on August 28, 1922. He sadly passed away on October 4, 2017. Fred was the second oldest of ten children who together with parents were evacuated during WWII to Amache Camp in Colorado. After their release, his family was directed to the Richmond Housing Project where […]

Sonoma fire claims last remnant of Nagasawa winery

The Tubbs Fire in the Sonoma County city of Santa Rosa, Calif. on Oct. 9 claimed the last remnant of the Fountaingrove Winery pioneered by Kanaye Nagasawa, as well as the adjacent Paradise Ridge Winery that housed an exhibit dedicated to the Japanese immigrant pioneer once called the “Wine King” of California by locals and […]

Japanese Americans throughout Northern California rediscover their roots

On Oct. 7, some 160 people throughout Northern California boarded buses from San Francisco, Emeryville, San Jose and Sacramento to make a trek to the site of the former Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony — the first sizable settlement of Japanese in America — located in Placerville, Calif. The pilgrimage, led by the Nichi […]

Fundraiser launched for family of woman killed at Vegas shooting

A close friend of one of the victims of the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting has launched an online fundraiser to support Nicol Kimura’s family. News outlets have reported that Stephen Paddock shot and killed 58 people attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival and injured hundreds from his Mandalay Bay hotel room, before […]

Contributing to Japan’s ‘moral salvation’

THE QUESTION BEGS ITSELF: How does a fourth-generation Japanese American justify on the one hand writing very critical things about the current Japanese government and about Japan’s WWII Fascist Imperial past, and yet extend his hand in friendship to Japanese male counterparts in Japan and say, “I love you” to Japanese women from Japan? It […]

Woman killed in Las Vegas mass shooting identified as Independence High grad

One of the victims of the Oct. 1 deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada has been identified as a graduate of Independence High School in San Jose, according to the East Side Union High School District. Michelle Vo graduated in 2003. She was active in the school’s performing arts department and served as the […]

Coalition opposes Athletics’ plan to build new stadium

OAKLAND, Calif. — A coalition of neighborhood groups, small business owners and Laney College students and faculty said Sept. 19 that it opposes the Oakland Athletics’ plan to build a new baseball stadium near Laney. Members of the “Stay the Right Way Coalition” said at a news conference and rally that the project, which they […]

Japanese ICAN member congratulates ‘hibakusha’ for Nobel Peace Prize

TOKYO — A key Japanese member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons congratulated the survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Oct. 9 for the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Geneva-based organization. “It is an award for everyone who has worked to eradicate nuclear arms,” Akira Kawasaki, an […]

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