Archives for November 2019

Kokoro Cares: Providing tasty Japanese care packages

In 2016, Lillian Rowlatt and Aki Sugiyama met for dinner through a mutual friend while they were both working in finance in Tokyo. With passions for health, wellness and fitness, the two women discussed the importance of food, including its community aspect and the significance of sharing a meal with family and friends. The dinner […]

Akashi-Kama: A mixture of Japanese aesthetic and modern American streetwear

It took a trip to Japan to inspire Alec Nakashima, a former product manager for a tech company, to create a clothing brand that reflects his identity: feeling both Japanese and American. Nakashima went on the Japanese American Citizens League’s Kakehashi grassroots exchange program to Japan in March 2018. He was in awe of the […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Yoichi Hiraoka: International musical star

Yoichi Hiraoka was an internationally renowned xylophone virtuoso, one who helped popularize the xylophone as an instrument for both classical and popular music. Through daily radio performances and live concerts, he became the most celebrated Nikkei musician in the United States during the 1930s. However, even his fame did not save him from being targeted […]

SJ: Fire destroys garage, RV but nearby houses spared

A garage and an RV were destroyed the night of Nov. 17 in a fire just south of San Jose’s Japantown, the San Jose Fire Department said. The fire was reported about 6:45 p.m. Nov. 17 in the 400 block of North Fifth Street near Empire Street. The initial call was for an RV on […]

LETTERS: MIS veteran’s son responds Tule Lake apology

Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent in response to a column that appeared in the Oct. 24, 2019 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly (“RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Dear JAVA, where is your sense of compassion and understanding?” by Chizu Omori). Dear Editor: I felt compelled to respond to Chizu Omori’s letter to JAVA. I am […]

L.A. museum opens exhibition on Japanese American A-bomb victims

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) — An exhibition featuring the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki opened Nov. 9 in Los Angeles, telling the stories of Japanese Americans who were in those cities when the bombs dropped in August 1945. Marking the 75th anniversary of the tragedies, the Japanese American National Museum will run the event through […]

OBITUARY: Diane Sakaye Nakano

NAKANO, DIANE SAKAYE, 95, of SF passed peacefully on Nov 3, 2019. Born on Sept 16, 1924 in Colusa, CA, she spent her childhood in Hiroshima and teenage yrs in Stockton until imprisoned during WWII at Gila River, AZ. Upon release, Diane moved to SF where she married and raised 4 children. Diane is preceded […]

OBITUARY: Emiko J. Nakano

NAKANO, EMIKO J., 100, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on October 26, 2019. She was born on October 15, 1919 in Hiroshima, Japan to Utaso and Ai Fujikawa. She grew up in Isleton, CA and was the second child of 10 children. In 1940, Emiko married Mario Masaharu Nakano. They raised 4 children, […]

Controversial show title prompts reflection and change

BERKELEY, Calif. — Japanese American Bay Area magician David Hirata sought to tell a story about magic, racism and Japanese in America. He instead, however, attracting ire over the use of a slur in the title of his show, decided to change the title. The Marsh Berkeley announced the name change Nov. 14. In the […]

OBITUARY: Patricia Kikuno Namba

NAMBA, PATRICIA KIKUNO, 98, peacefully passed away at home on September 2, 2019. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Minoru Namba, and her devoted brothers Masateru, Yasuo, Katsumi, and Jitsuo. On October 20, 1920, Patricia was born to issei parents, Torazuchi (immigrated to USA 1907) and Shige Hashimoto who settled in Taishoku […]

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