Archives for January 2018

Little Tokyo senbei and arare maker Umeya closes business

LOS ANGELES — There will be no more senbei and arare from Umeya. The longtime manufacturer and distributor of Japanese rice cakes and cookies closed down its operations on Dec. 31, 2017. Umeya was founded in Los Angeles by Yasuo Hamano, who was born in 1902 and immigrated to the United States in 1918 from […]

100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd RCT monument in France refurbished

Nestled in an undergrowth clearing near Bruyères, France is a monument dedicated to the members of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the 100th Infantry Battalion, who were instrumental in helping to liberate the town of Bruyères, as well as Belmont and Biffontaine, during World War II in fall 1944. Complete with a plaque in […]

OBITUARY: Yasko Gamo

Gamo, Yasko, 89, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on New Year’s Day, the most sacred and important holiday in Japan. Yasko was born in Tokyo, Japan to a family connected for many generations with traditional Japanese Noh Theater’s Hosho Company. She and her family survived the war in Tokyo where, soon after the […]

OBITUARY: Tetsuo “Tets” Ihara

IHARA, TETSUO “TETS,” 93, born on April 15, 1924 of San Francisco passed away surrounded by his loving family and friends on the morning of December 18, 2017. Tets was the second of ten siblings, all native born San Franciscans. Tets began working for the U.S. government while interned at Topaz and continued working for […]

8 candidates file for SF mayor’s race

A total of eight people filed papers to run for San Francisco’s June 5 mayoral election by the Jan. 9 5 p.m. deadline, but several top city officials who had been expected to run were not among them. Acting Mayor London Breed, Supervisor Jane Kim, former state Senator Mark Leno and former Supervisor Angela Alioto […]

Japan’s public broadcaster sends erroneous N. Korea missile bulletin

TOKYO — Japan’s public broadcaster NHK erroneously issued an online bulletin Jan. 16 saying that North Korea had fired a missile, as the country remains on high alert for provocations from the neighboring country. The broadcaster sent out a news flash stating, “North Korea likely to have launched a missile. J-Alert. Government urges evacuation to […]

Hawai‘i issues ballistic missile warning by mistake

HONOLULU  — Hawai‘i’s Emergency Management Agency mistakenly sent an alert about an incoming ballistic missile Jan. 13 to residents across the state where a Cold War attack warning system has been brought back in the wake of the growing North Korean missile threat. The alert, caused by a human error, went out to local media […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Inu Doshi — Year of the Dog

戌 (Inu) means “dog.” This character represents an axe, a symbol for power, and the number one. So the dog can use the axe to gather many things into one. 年 (Toshi or Nen) means “year or age.” The top two lines of this character indicate a rice plant, and the lines below indicate a […]

Mom power

The most valuable lessons in life I’ve learned from my Mom: Be generous. Have fun. Be daring. Go out of your way for people. Work hard. Never go anywhere empty-handed. Pay attention to the needs of others. Be fair. For years I’ve been formulating a theory based on my mother’s life and the lives of […]

Obituary: Edith Kazue Tanaka

TANAKA, EDITH KAZUE, 92, passed away peacefully at her home in San Francisco on Dec. 7, 2017. She was born in Sacramento on July 31, 1925. She graduated from high school in Tule Lake internment camp. In 1947 she earned her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. While in New York training as […]

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