Archives for April 2018

THE HEART OF KANJI: Unconditional, without expectation

This is the second rule for a harmonious relationship (to read the first, please see the March 29, 2018 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly): 無 (mu) means “nothingness.” The bottom four dots are fire flames. The middle lines represent a house and the top lines represent a new life growing from the ground. The […]

Author Iwao Peter Sano, a Japanese American POW in the Japanese Army during WWII, dies

Iwao Peter Sano, author of “1,000 Days in Siberia: The Odyssey of a Japanese American POW,” passed away April 8 in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 93. In his book, Sano chronicled his life as a dual citizen of the United States and Japan, who was conscripted into the Japanese military during World War II […]

Japanese baseball ‘Iron Man’ Kinugasa, son of African American, dead at 71

TOKYO — Hall of Famer Sachio Kinugasa, whose 2,215 consecutive games remain a Japanese record, died of colon cancer April 23 aged 71, people familiar with the matter said. Nicknamed “Iron Man,” Kinugasa played for the Hiroshima Carp from 1965 to 1987 and was the Central League’s 1984 MVP. He is tied for fifth in […]

Kawauchi becomes first Japanese runner to win Boston Marathon since 1987

BOSTON — Yuki Kawauchi became the first Japanese runner in 31 years to win the Boston Marathon after besting the men on April 16 with a time of 2 hours, 15 minutes, 58 seconds to earn his first World Marathon major title. Kawauchi endured the coldest start in 30 years, strong winds and heavy rain […]

Names of Imperial Army’s Unit 731 released

KYOTO — The National Archives of Japan has disclosed the names of 3,607 members of the Imperial Japanese Army’s notorious Unit 731 that conducted germ warfare experiments mainly on prisoners in China before and during World War II, according to a researcher. Katsuo Nishiyama, professor emeritus of Shiga University of Medical Science, told reporters, “It is […]

OBITUARY: Sachi Helen (Kawahara) Masaoka

MASAOKA, SACHI HELEN (KAWAHARA), 90, longtime resident of San Mateo, passed away in Los Angeles on April 6, 2018. She was the seventh of nine children born to Momotaro and Takeno Kawahara of Kawahara Nursery in San Lorenzo. Sachi was 14 years old when she and her family were interned during World War II at […]

Film examines little-known origins of famed 442nd unit

For Yonsei Stacey Hayashi, the effort to preserve the story of the famed all-Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team is not only a labor of love, but it’s also a part of her family legacy. With a great uncle in the original 100th Battalion, and another in the 442nd — which the 100th morphed into — […]

Nicole Tachiki named 2018 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen

San Francisco’s 51st annual Cherry Blossom Festival crowned its 2018 queen April 14 during the ceremony held at the AMC Kabuki 8 in the city’s Japantown. The program, emceed by KTVU-TV reporter Jana Katsuyama and KGO-TV reporter David Louie, had Lauren Kieva Matsuno, Rachel Mika Kawawaki, Maya Hernandez, Nicole Tachiki and Emiri Sakurai vying for […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The apple of my eye

For the past several years, along with my usual brown bagged lunch of various cooked vegetables and my hybrid herbal and black tea, I’ve also packed an apple for my daily midday meal. Early in my career, my lunch consisted of a sandwich and some type of vegetable. The side dish eventually morphed into cooked […]

OBITUARY: Tomiye “Tomi” Nakano Iino

IINO, TOMIYE “TOMI” NAKANO, 92, passed peacefully on April 4, 2018. Tomi was predeceased by husband William T. Iino (“Bill”). She is survived by daughters Cheryl (Greg), Leslie (Dale), and Terrie (Scott), grandsons Michael (Kellye) and Riley, and great granddaughters Mina and Faith. A memorial service will be held for close family and friends. Memorial […]

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