Archives for September 2018

OBITUARY: Thomas Shoji Yoshida

YOSHIDA, THOMAS SHOJI, 91, born on January 28, 1927, in Morro Bay, California, passed away on August 15, 2018, in Henderson, Nevada. Thomas is survived by his beloved wife Teruko, and children, Frances, Cecilia, and Timothy; grandchildren Tomo and Miya; great grandson Klay; brothers Charles and Paul; and sisters Inez, Rose, Sandra, Marjorie and Betsy. […]

NIKKEI ANGEL ISLAND CHRONICLES: The Angel Island story of Kane Mineta, Norman Mineta’s mother

(Editor’s Note: The following article was published on the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation’s Website, www.aiisf.org). Americans know Norman Mineta as the first Asian American in a presidential cabinet, when he was secretary of commerce under President Bill Clinton, secretary of transportation under George Bush, where he took decisive action after the attacks of 9/11, […]

Investment fund to preserve Little Tokyo revealed

LOS ANGELES — In an effort to help preserve Little Tokyo, local activists announced the creation of the Little Tokyo Community Impact Fund, which seeks individual, corporate and foundation support to invest funds in real estate purchases that provide much-needed rent control for legacy and community-related businesses in Little Tokyo while offering reasonable but below-market […]

OBITUARY: June Kiyomoto Kitagawa

KITAGAWA, JUNE KIYOMOTO, 89, was born in Reedley, CA on June 6, 1929 and passed away September 5, 2018 in Colma, CA. June was the youngest child of Tamekichi Kiyomoto and Sadame Mori. June spent her childhood on her family’s prosperous farm, alongside her brothers Yoneo, Seyichi, and George and sisters Grace, Marty, Dora, and […]

S.F. Board votes to rename school after late Mayor Ed Lee

Two San Francisco elementary schools will get new names, one of them honoring the late Mayor Ed Lee, following a unanimous vote by the San Francisco Board of Education Aug. 28. With the vote, the Chinese Education Center will be renamed Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School, while Fairmount Elementary School will be renamed Dolores […]

HOOP DREAMS: Yuta Watanabe ready to make his NBA dream a reality

TOKYO — After scoring 18 points to help Japan beat Iran in a World Cup qualifier in Tokyo on Sept. 17, Yuta Watanabe’s mind quickly turned to the United States where he will soon be fighting to make a name for himself on basketball’s biggest stage. The 23-year-old finished his four-year collegiate career at George […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: The love apple

Since my last column highlighting the “wolf peach” or Solanum lycopersicum was more than a decade ago, it’s time to highlight the versatility of the love apple or everyday tomato. Though it goes by several aliases, tomato is derived from the Aztec tomatl or “the swelling fruit.” When you think about it, a tomato does […]

OBITUARY: Yuji Okano

OKANO, YUJI, 85, passed away peacefully at home in Palo Alto on Monday August 27, 2018. He was a long time member and volunteer of the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple and worked as a Senior Buyer at General Electric. Yuji, born Sep. 4, 1932, grew up in Wheatland, CA and was valedictorian of Wheatland High […]

San Jose Taiko reflects upon its evolution in community-centered arts

As the iconic San Jose Taiko approaches their 45th anniversary concert later this month, the Nichi Bei Weekly caught up with Executive Director Wisa Uemura and Artistic Director Franco Imperial via e-mail to discuss the group’s transition from its founding pioneers, their approach to creative collaborations, and what the future has in store for the […]

‘Comfort women’ exhibit opens in State Bldg. in S.F.

While the subject of so-called “comfort women” continues to cause controversy between Japan and its neighboring countries in Asia, a new photo exhibition recently opened at the California State Building designed to shed light on one of the darkest chapters of World War II — the sexual enslavement of women throughout Asia by the Japanese […]

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