Archives for 2019

New Mariner Kikuchi says team ‘needed me the most’

SEATTLE, Wash. — Japanese left-handed pitcher Yusei Kikuchi said Jan. 3 he picked the Seattle Mariners in part because he felt the American League team “needed me the most.” “I feel this team needed me the most and I feel chemistry between us,” the 27-year-old said at a news conference after signing a four-year contract […]

Nikkei arrested for allegedly stalking woman and setting cars on fire

Ontario, Calif. police arrested Matthew Masumi Toyotome, 27, of Riverside, Calif. on the morning of Jan. 13 for allegedly stalking a woman and torching her car, along with six other vehicles in the early morning hours that day. The fire was intended for a former friend of Toyotome, who turned down his romantic advances. Ontario […]

OBITUARY: Warren Eijima

EIJIMA, WARREN, 97, passed away peacefully at his home in San Francisco on Jan. 7, 2019, with his children, Richard and Mary, at his side. He is survived by his sister, Hannah Hara (Roy Takeuchi) of San Jose, son Richard (Tami Suzuki), daughter Mary (Robert Kawano), and grandchildren, Riki and Tomi Eijima and Alex and […]

OBITUARY: Etsuko Kohagura

KOHAGURA, ETSUKO, 92, was born in Penryn, CA on January 18, 1926 and passed away peacefully on December 11, 2018. She was born to Sentaro Mikawa and Misao Mikawa-Seo. Etsuko is survived by her son Howard (Bev) Kohagura, daughters Sharon (Wayne) Nakamura and Diane (Mark) Morimune; grandchildren Philrene (Ken) Toney, Audrey (Evan) Oda, Kim (Ben) […]

OBITUARY: Stanley Kazumi Ono

ONO, STANLEY KAZUMI, 79, died from respiratory failure on December 28, 2018. He is survived by wife Junko, son Michael (Norma Bonilla), siblings Gary, Sandi, Victor (Jennifer), Lynda, Guy (Linda) (deceased), Jo Ann (Tim), Judy (Nosuke), Naomi (Allen), Teresa and their families. Stanley, born January 20, 1939, was a lifelong San Franciscan, active and well […]

OBITUARY: Chieko Ushigusa Endo

ENDO, CHIEKO USHIGUSA, 83, of Richmond, CA, and a longstanding member of Sycamore Congregational Church, passed away on December 19, 2018, after complications from a severe head injury. Chieko was born September 7, 1935, to Tsunejiro and Yaeko (Maeda) Ushigusa in Kobe, Japan. She grew up as a child in the midst of WWII and […]

OBITUARY: Tadashi “Tad” Teraura

TERAURA, TADASHI “TAD,” 96, passed away on December 10, 2018 after a short illness. He was born on January 26, 1922, in Vacaville, CA. He was a self-employed landscaper for 30+ years and enjoyed fishing, watching professional football, going to the races and playing black jack. A long-time Berkeley resident, he enjoyed socializing at the […]

Japanese American ballet star Sono Osato dies at 99

Sono Osato, a multiracial Japanese American ballet dancer who gained acclaim on Broadway, was found dead at her Manhattan home Dec. 26, 2018, The New York Times reported. She was 99. According to the Times, Osato was the first performer of Japanese descent in Col. Wassily de Basil’s Ballets Russes, said to be the world’s […]

Kenso Zenimura, Nisei who played baseball with Hiroshima Carp, dies

Howard Kenso Zenimura, a Nisei baseball legend from the Fresno, Calif. area who would play professionally with Japan’s Hiroshima Carp, passed away Dec. 13, 2018, the Nisei Baseball Research Project announced on its Facebook page. He was 91. “Kenso was a Nisei baseball pioneer, one of the founding members of the NBRP, and a good […]

DEAN OF THE COLUMBO J-SCHOOL: Passionate and profane, K.W. Lee fights on at 90

By STEPHEN MAGAGNINI Special to the Nichi Bei Weekly RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. — The man with nine lives has made his last stand in his bunker in Rancho Cordova, a pale green house filled with “a tsunami of boxes,” more than 100 cartons representing a fierce lifetime struggle for underdogs from Seoul to Sacramento, Mexico […]

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