Archives for March 2018

Tea for two

In San Francisco’s Outer Richmond district, Larry Sokyo Tiscornia, 69, and Kimika Soko Takechi, 68, teach tea as members of San Francisco Urasenke Tankokai. The couple met while taking Saturday tea classes with Soko Kobara, founder of the Tankokai, and have since been together, teaching all aspects of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Prior to […]

Speaking the language of karate for the Tokyo Olympics

As if fluency in both English and Japanese wasn’t enough, Gakuji Tozaki has used a different type of skill as a means to positively express his Japanese American identity. Through karate, the 26-year-old is aiming to represent the country of his birth in the land of his ancestry in the biggest sporting event in the […]

Ikebana to go: Kiyo’s Floral Design delivers ikebana-inspired creations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For designer Lisa Taira, every flower arrangement she creates is one that comes from the heart — even if it’s just one flower. “It’s not just a single flower because it has so much meaning to the person who is actually buying it to give to someone,” said Taira, the owner of […]

Matt Ogawa perpetuates the cultural arts and gives back with a purpose

Whether motivating a group into action or expressing his love for his own Japanese American heritage through his involvement in a myriad of cultural activities, Matt Ogawa doesn’t have to look far for inspiration. Decades ago, his grandfather, the late Frank H. Ogawa, was a popular civil rights leader and longtime Oakland City Council member […]

Ikebana teacher follows family’s legacy of service, sees ‘revival’ in the art

Her grandfather, the Rev. Shozen Naito, was a minister at the Buddhist Temple of Alameda before World War II; her grandmother taught Sogetsu ikebana in the 1970s and Japanese language at the same temple. Her father, Kiyoshi Naito, served as the temple’s board president for three different terms. Following two generations of family leadership at […]

Tiffany Tamaribuchi’s multifaceted Sacramento Taiko Dan family

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — “My mom would say from the time I could walk, I would stand in front of the taiko,” said 51-year-old Tiffany Tamaribuchi, recalling her earliest encounter with the drums at a Sacramento Obon festival. Her captivation with the Japanese drum would lead her to establish Sacramento Taiko Dan in 1989 at just […]

OBITUARY: Kenneth Moriguchi

MORIGUCHI, KENNETH, 86, 1932 – 2018 retired U.S. Postal Employee of 34 years, passed away suddenly from a lung-disease. “Uncle,” as he was so fondly called, passed away surrounded by his family at home. Kenny, son of Satoji and Itsu Moriguchi, and brother Toshiro will be remembered at a Celebration of Life event May 12, […]

OBITUARY: Hitoshi “Tom” Takemori

TAKEMORI, HITOSHI “TOM”, 89, passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 18th, surrounded by his family and his loving wife of 63 years, Madge. He most recently resided at the Atria Willlow Glen senior community in San Jose after living 61 years in Livermore, where he retired from the Lawrence Livermore Labs as a […]

OBITUARY: Kazuko Walker

WALKER, KAZUKO, of San Francisco passed away quietly on the morning of February 24, 2018 with her best friend Sunshine by her bedside. She was preceded in death by her husband Bernard Walker. Kazuko was a beautician for many years and enjoyed traveling, playing Mah Jong with her friends and attending regular Kanagawa Kenjinkai festivities. […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: An intersectional battle for justice

It has always bothered me that our history of being incarcerated during World War II, based solely on the fact of our being of Japanese descent, has been so obscure and relatively unknown. I admit that many of us didn’t want to talk about it, and it wasn’t something that one would bring up in […]

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