Archives for December 2017

OBITUARY: Henry Morito Tsuchiya

Tsuchiya, Henry Morito, resident of Corona Del Mar, CA and formerly San Francisco, CA passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on December 1, 2017. Henry (Morito) was born in San Francisco, California on July 27, 1923 and was raised during his elementary school years in Japan while his parents worked in the SF […]

OBITUARY: Ronald Yutaka ‘Tubby’ Yoshida

YOSHIDA, RONALD YUTAKA “TUBBY,” 90, passed away peacefully on November 20th. Born to Albert and Tokuko on October 11, 1927 in San Francisco, CA, Tubby was the youngest of four children. Tubby earned his nickname from his rotund shape as toddler. He graduated from high school in the Topaz (Utah) Internment Camp for Japanese Americans […]

OBITUARY: Yonekazu ‘Yone’ Satoda

SATODA, YONEKAZU “YONE,” 96, died peacefully at his home in San Francisco on December 6, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Daisy Uyeda Satoda; children Caroline (Al Suen), Nancy and David (Allie); grandsons Christopher, Nicholas and Timothy Suen and David Jr and Tyler Satoda; sister Fumiye Yebisu and many other relatives. Yone was born […]

Man injured when shots fired into home in Japantown early Dec. 17

A 63-year-old man was injured when someone shot into his home in San Francisco’s Japantown neighborhood early morning Dec. 17, police said. The shooting was reported at 1:52 a.m. Dec. 17 in the 1600 block of Webster Street. The victim was in his home and heard gunshots outside, then realized he had been struck in […]

Edwin Lee remembered fondly as S.F. mayor and activist

News of San Francisco Mayor Edwin Mah Lee’s death spread quickly early the morning of Dec. 12. Lee collapsed while shopping for groceries late Dec. 11 and was rushed to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital before he was pronounced dead at 1:11 a.m. He was 65. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein eulogized Lee during the Dec. […]

Slugging ace Ohtani signs with Angels

LOS ANGELES  — Shohei Ohtani, the two-way phenom known as “Japan’s Babe Ruth,”
has decided to join the Los Angeles Angels, his agent and the major league club announced Dec. 8. The move came after the 23-year-old Ohtani reportedly completed talks with the seven clubs in the running to sign the pitcher-outfielder earlier this week. “What mattered […]

Nichi Bei Foundation receives $60,000 in grants from Takahashi, S.F. Japantown foundations

The Nichi Bei Foundation recently was awarded a number of grants to support the publication of the Nichi Bei Weekly as well as its public education programs, the nonprofit announced. The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation continued its sustaining support of the Nichi Bei Foundation by awarding a grant of $50,000 in October 2017 […]

Osaka to end sister-city ties with San Francisco over ‘comfort women

OSAKA — Osaka formally decided Dec. 13 to end its 60-year sister-city ties with San Francisco, in protest against its sanctioning of a statue symbolizing women forced into wartime brothels for the Japanese military, the Osaka mayor said. The acceptance of the so-called “comfort women” statue “fundamentally destroyed the relationship of trust. It cannot be […]

Broadway actor Greg Watanabe brings resister Hirabayashi’s story to S.F.

Theater is terrific when the many elements that comprise a production come together as a whole, as was the case with “Hold These Truths,” a one-man play depicting the late civil rights icon Gordon Hirabayashi’s life. The San Francisco chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League sponsored the Nov. 18 performance, which took place at […]

San Jose Tofu, a Japanese American institution, to close

SAN JOSE — After more than seven decades of handcrafting tofu from scratch, San Jose Japantown’s iconic San Jose Tofu will close its doors for good Dec. 30, leaving a community in mourning over the loss of one of Japanese America’s most unique businesses. “We’re tired, and while I’m still able to walk, we want […]

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