Archives for April 2019

S.F. Cherry Blossom Festival crowns naginata practitioner Yuki Nishimura queen

San Francisco’s 52nd annual Cherry Blossom Festival crowned its 2019 queen April 13 during the ceremony held at the AMC Kabuki 8 in the city’s Japantown. The program, emceed by KTVU Fox 2 reporter Jana Katsuyama and Devin Katayama, host of KQED’s “The Bay” podcast, had Nami Katie Saito, Elena Anne Harumi Nielsen, NaOmi Leilani […]

Third suspect arrested in alleged ‘blessing’ scam of Chinese community members

A third suspect involved in a so-called “blessing” scam of elderly Chinese women was arrested last week in Southern California, according to San Francisco police. Juan Li, 62, of Rosemead, was apprehended by officers from San Francisco and Los Angeles on March 28 and booked into the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood on suspicion […]

Poisoning suspect pleads not guilty to attempted murder charge

OAKLAND, Calif. — A Lafayette man pleaded not guilty April 4 to a premeditated attempted murder charge alleging that he tried to kill a female colleague at a Berkeley engineering firm by putting the toxic metal cadmium into her food and water over a lengthy period in 2017 and 2018. Defense lawyer Julia Jayne asked […]

A revisioning of traditional kimono

The silhouette of a kimono on the body is cylindrical. For women, the waistline disappears under layers of wrappings. A long, stiff obi belt — the formal version may be a 14-foot-long length of brocade — is wound tightly around the midsection and secured with a cord. The breasts are flattened to smooth the front […]

Japanese Americans gather in Texas to protest family detention at border

CRYSTAL CITY, Texas — More than 60 people from across the United States participated in a historical pilgrimage to Texas from March 29 to April 1 that included a memorial service at the former World War II Crystal City Department of Justice camp, a protest rally at the Dilley Detention Center, a meeting with Texas […]

S.F. police dept. apologizes for leaked report on Adachi’s death

A freelance photographer is alleged to have offered a TV news station confidential police information on the death of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi in exchange for money, an official with the Public Defender’s office said April 18 at a Board of Supervisor’s committee hearing City Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer called for the hearing […]

L.A. ministers criticize anti-gay policy of United Methodist Churches

LOS ANGELES — Disturbed by the United Methodist Church’s continuing anti-gay stance, Revs. Mark Nakagawa and Sunyoung Lee, two local ministers with connections to Little Tokyo’s Centenary United Methodist Church, publicly criticized that decision and declared their continued support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer persons. The controversy followed the United Methodist Church’s Special […]

THROUGH YONSEI EYES: The virtue of goodbye

Late March and early April are times of great change within the Japanese school system. In March, the students have their graduation ceremonies. They are serious affairs filled with tears and stoicism. It’s difficult to move on from a middle school.

OBITUARY: Yutaka Kobori

KOBORI, YUTAKA, 93, died peacefully February 28, 2019 in San Leandro, California. Private funeral services for Yutaka were conducted Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Buddhist Church of Oakland. Yutaka, a long-time resident of San Leandro, was born to Kenso and Konami Kobori on May 15, 1925 in Fresno, California. He grew up in Biola […]

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